Are you thinking about heading to any Lit festivals this year? Well here is everything you need to about one of the biggest in the country – the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
The Norfolk & Norwich Festival is the flagship arts festival for the East of England, and the fourth biggest in the country. This year it will be running from 12th – 28th May 2017, and boasts an inimitable programme of world-class performance including highlights from Will Self, Siddhartha Bose and a special City of Literature Weekend programme. The full programme, ticket information and more can be found here.
Will Self: In Conversation at the Norwich Playhouse, Will Self is a man who needs little introduction. From branding Nigel Farage a ‘grubby little man’ on BBC’s Question Time, to criticising the ‘fetishisation’ of freedom of speech, his controversial views often inspire vigorous debate. Will’s newest work is Phone; the third in a trilogy which examines the influence of 20th century technologies on human existence.
Art and Sexuality: Eimear McBride, Sarah Hall and Megan Bradbury share their experiences of articulating sexuality, gender and identity through their creative work as part of Art and Sexuality; an evening of readings and discussion on sexuality and candid writing at this year’s festival.
A Manual for Heartache: How do we make sense of great tragedy? Three acclaimed writers – Richard Beard (The Day That Went Missing), Max Porter (Grief is the Thing with Feathers) and Cathy Rentzenbrink (The Last Act of Love) – come together for an honest yet uplifting discussion of family, loss, and strength, which addresses the healing power of words, and whether reading can prepare us for living with heartache.
Jon McGregor – Reservoir 13: The multiple-award winning author of Even the Dogs and If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things brings us his first novel in seven years; the story of many lives haunted by one family’s loss, unfolding over the course of thirteen years in a small village. Named in The Guardian as one of the ‘top 10 writers to see live’, Jon’s fresh take on storytelling will lead the audience on a journey through the landscape and hidden stories of his new novel, Reservoir 13.
These are just a few of the highlights. The festival celebrates all art forms, but I’ve only concentrated on the literature programme, City of Literature, most of which is crammed into one weekend – 26th-28th May.
Tickets are still available, so go check it out if you’re in the area.