The Children’s Festival 2018 came  to a wonderful close Sunday afternoon, 21 October 2018, with a very special experience, as James Mayhew illustrated stories old and new accompanied by professional musicians Yalda Davis (cello) and James Recknell (keyboard) who  wove a little magic with their atmospheric playing. Before that, children and parents had been entertained and engaged by the many session with storytelling, opportunities for  drawing, writing and illustrating, and no less than two creative writing workshops,

We are already planning the sixth Literary Festival, which will take place on 15 to 17 November 2019,  but the next event on our programme is the annual Literary Dinner at the Swan in Lavenham, on  16  November  2018. Tickets are on sale, only from The Swan in Lavenham.

Journalist, playwright, and broadcaster Ian McMillan has agreed to address us at the dinner. Winner of the Best Writer O2 Media Awards, he has  been resident poet at English National Opera and UK Trade & Investment Poet, among other recognitions.

Ian presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3 every Friday night. He has written poems, plays, a verse autobiography Talking Myself Home and a voyage round Yorkshire in Neither Nowt Nor Summat. He watches Darfield and Yorkshire Cricket Clubs.

Ian’s latest collection To Fold The Evening Star – New and Selected Poems (Carcanet) was published last year.
At the moment, he’s writing songs for choirs with Luke Carver Goss, working on an opera about the 1918-19 influenza epidemic with composer Michael Betteridge and telling the stories of The Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes (More4).