It's festival time again and first up is the newly-retitled Great Grimsby Literature Festival. A feat of organisational wonder by Charlotte Bowen and Jo Gray of The Culture House, the festival is spread across October (with one or two of the events continuing into November).
Beginning with a splash on National Poetry Day, 3 October, with the Great Grimsby Poetry Relay. A unique event that will see 72 readers each reading a couple of stanzas of Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner at locations across the region. For the record, I'll be on the Humber Bridge at 11.44.
On Friday 18 October I'll be delivering a lunchtime Q&A session at Grimsby Minster on the do's and don'ts and perils and pitfalls of writing and publishing. Kicking off at 12.30 (there's a closed session for Grimsby Institute Writing Degree students in the morning), I'm hoping participants will bring their own experiences to the party. I'll do what I can to offer solutions to this never-easy step for writers.
The big one for me is the first outing for The Story Lab. It's an idea I've been working on for some time. Taking place at a new arts venue, Le Petit Delight in Cleethorpes, I'll be exploring a range of skills for writing fiction and script, with the emphasis on the craft of story-telling. The four sessions are £24. There are a few places left, but not a whole lot and numbers are limited.
For full details of these and loads of other events, check out and download The Great Grimsby Literature Festival programme at The Culture House Website.