Big Reads and How We Live Now/Next strands among highlights of mid-March event
Lancaster Litfest has released the programme for its 2021 edition, taking place entirely online. The festival runs from 12 to 21 March.
Highlights include the Litfest Big Read campaign, run in conjunction with Lancashire Libraries, featuring AM Dassu's Boy, Everywhere (Old Barn Books, 11-14 years) and Matt Haig's bestselling adult novel The Midnight Library (Canongate). The authors will discuss their novels at events on 12 March.
A social media campaign will invite people to share their experiences of "How We Live Now" in response to a set of six documentary films. "How We Live Next" is a series of events involving thinkers, writers, activists, politicians and business people. New Writing North West is a series of workshops in four genres - fiction, nature and environment, poetry, and translation - for emerging writers in the Northwest region.
Authors taking part in the festival include Jackie Morris, Shaun Tan, Johny Pitts, AC Grayling, Andrey Kurkov, Daniel Hahn, Sarah Hall, Paul Farley, Sarah Moss, Tara Bergin, Sean O’Brien, Raymond Antrobus, and Colette Bryce.
The festival is supported by Arts Council England.