The programme for the Children’s Festival 2018 is now ready, and you can find an overview of session title, time, place and age group under the Children’s Festival item on the menu above (or you can click here). A fuller description of the sessions and what you can expect in each is included in the posts below. Those who have joined us for the first Children’s Festival will know it is full of exciting activities for youngsters and their families including “meet the authors”, storytelling and opportunities for  drawing, writing and illustrating. This time we have added two creative writing workshops, and music!

We are already planning the sixth Literary Festival, which will take place on 17 to 19 November 2019,  and after the Children’s Festival, there is another event in store: the annual Literary Dinner at the Swan in Lavenham is planned for 16 November 2018. Tickets go on sale Monday 10 September, 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).