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Sunderland Literature Festival to celebrate city’s writing talent

Sunderland Councillor John Kelly.
Sunderland Councillor John Kelly.
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A month of celebration of the city’s rich literary talent will begin in the city tomorrow.

The Sunderland Literature Festival, which is organised by Sunderland Libraries Services in partnership with the University of Sunderland, School of Culture, runs until Saturday, November 3. 

The festival begins with an opening evening of murder and mystery when the Time Bandits stage a Murder Mystery Evening at The Place Café this Friday.

Coun John Kelly, cabinet member for communities and culture, said: “The city has a real wealth of literary and creative talent which we should all be proud of and it’s only right that we should celebrate that. 

“What’s really great about this year’s festival is that we have such a wide range of themes and events on offer with something for everyone.”

People can also look forward to folk artist Jez Lowe, North East poet Scott Tyrell, a performance of The Muddy Choir – written by award- winner Jesse Briton – and Propaganda, Revolution and Victory to commemorate Armistice Day and the end of First World War. 

There is also the chance to bring along old film footage, to see if this can be part of a major project with North East Film Archive.

Meridith Towne will be talking about working women’s battle for the vote and there is even a Peaky Blinders interactive session. 

The council says the majority of events are free.