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You can now purchase your Liverpool Literary Festival tickets directly at the Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M) reception, as well as through our online system.
Paying with cash or card, you’ll be able to pick up your printed tickets at the desk and guarantee your spot in the audience for each event.
With just under a month until the Festival begins, Colm Tóibín’s Liverpool Literary Lecture has already sold out and seats are going quickly for Saturday’s programme.
You may have caught Festival Director, Professor Dinah Birch talking with the legendary Roger Phillips on his lunchtime Radio Merseyside show last Friday. If not, listen here from around 1hr 28mins in.
Professor Birch, who will join novelist Alan Hollinghurst in conversation as part of the Festival’s Saturday afternoon schedule, told Roger Phillips that “there really is something for everyone, it’s a very diverse programme”.
The Saturday begins with human rights lawyer turned award-winning poet, Mona Arshi. A hugely successful advocate, she turned to poetry mid- career and has never looked back.
Diana Evans – author of Ordinary People, The Wonder and 26a – follows to discuss themes arising from her closely observed fiction, such as family life, marriage, children and black culture.
Next is Andrew Miller, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Ingenious Pain. Andrew will read from his latest novel, Now We Shall be Entirely Free; a reflection on violence in a violent world, and how abuse begets abuse.
Andrew Miller is followed by Jess Kidd, winner of the 2016 Costa Short Story Award. Jess will read from her new novel, Things in Jars before being joined in conversation by Liverpool’s English Professor Sarah Peverley.
Then Booker Prize winner Alan Hollingurst will talk about his latest novel, The Sparsholt Affair, and its exploration of the social and sexual revolutions of the past century. These are key themes in his work, and he will consider how their life changing consequences are still being played out today.
Like Mona Arshi, Molly Case is a writer emerging from a very different career. A nurse, Molly’s love letter to the NHS and those who work in it, How to Treat People was published earlier this year to rave reviews.
For Saturday night, performance artists Project Adorno bring their surreal take on the three Brontë sisters – and their brother Branwell – with show, Brontë Beat. Comprising original songs, film, ambient sounds and spoken word, it explores the multi-faceted world of the Brontës through an electro-pop lens – surely one not to be missed.
Professor Dinah Birch said: “I’m delighted to be able to present such a rich and fascinating programme this year, with so much to offer all of our visitors.
“We look forward to welcoming you in October!”
Liverpool Literary Festival is proud to be supported by Student Roost and Bruntwood.
Liverpool Literary Festival runs from October 11- 12 2019 at the Victoria Gallery & Museum, Brownlow Hill. For more information, and to book your tickets, please visit: www.liverpool.ac.uk/literary-festival/
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