Sometimes an opportunity comes along that is just too good to turn down. That was my first thought when I was asked to get involved with the Huddersfield Literature Festival, which takes place next March.
Listening to authors talk about their work – whether they are newly published or of world renown – is always an interesting experience. Working in publishing for many years, I had the opportunity to accompany many authors to different festivals all over the UK, from Ways With Words in Devon to the Hay Festival on the Welsh borders and the Edinburgh Book Festival.
Having interviewed Jodi Picoult last year, I’m really pleased she’ll be appearing at the Town Hall for a special post-festival event on 3 April. She’s the bestselling author of more than 20 page turners, including My Sister’s Keeper, which was made into a film with Cameron Diaz.
A critically acclaimed bestselling author who won the Whitbread with her first novel, Kate Atkinson will also be taking part, as will short story writer, novelist and writer of The League of Gentlemen, Jeremy Dyson.
A writer of international renown who happens to live locally, Joanne Harris has followed the global success of Chocolat with another dozen or so novels, including Runemarks and Runelight for young adults and the recent short story collection, A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String.
Another local author, Annabel Pitcher, will be following the success of her first novel for young adults My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by talking about her new book, Ketchup Clouds.
There will doubtless be further events confirmed by the time you read this – including creative writing sessions to help aspiring new writers – so keep checking out the website at www.litfest.org.uk – and hope to see you in March.
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