Sunderland Literature Festival brings words to life

Artist Tina Fullerton discussing Regency Lady costumes at Shiney Row Library on Monday, as part of the City's Literacy Festival.
Artist Tina Fullerton discussing Regency Lady costumes at Shiney Row Library on Monday, as part of the City's Literacy Festival.
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A CELEBRATION of storytelling has entered a new chapter.

Sunderland Literature Festival will feature rhyme times and author visits to African drumming workshops and Halloween lantern-making sessions.

The programme then culminates with Sunderland playing host to the Northern Children’s Book Festival Gala day on November 22.

The festival has grown out of the Houghton Literature Festival developed by Sunderland libraries over a number of years.

Councillor John Kelly, cabinet member for public health, wellness and culture at Sunderland City Council, said: “We’ve held a week-long literature festival as part of the popular Houghton Feast for a number of years, but in recent years we’ve managed to grow that to the point where this year we’ve got a month-long festival across the whole city, which we’re confident will offer something for everyone.”

This year’s authors include Harry Pearson, former sports columnist for the Guardian and contributing editor of GQ, and local write, Karen Charlton, who has written two historical novels and will discuss her trials and tribulations she encountered on her journey into publishing.

There is also the chance to find out about the clothes and undergarments worn by women in the Regency period with Tina Fuller, including the chance to take part in a Regency Lady quiz and to try on various outfits.

More details are available via www.sunderland.gov.uk.