North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury will be filled with authors and book connoisseurs of all ages as the first ever Banbury Literary Live event takes place on Saturday, September 21.
The one-day event promises to appeal to the whole family with everything from creative writing sessions for children and teenagers to an insight into the world of crime writing for thriller lovers.
Sponsored by BrightHouse, National Grid, i-stage Academy, The Mill Arts Centre, Lloyds Bank, Tudor Hall School, Norbar Torque Tools and supported by RSA Driving Ambition, the initiative boasts a line-up of top authors, speakers, performers and workshops.
Joanne Thorne, responsible for business, enterprise and careers development at the academy, said: “With literacy at the heart of new education policies, whole family literacy and a love of reading – whether fiction, non-fiction or interest based – is vitally important for our Banbury community, so this event is well placed and well timed.”
Mrs Thorne added the event is also unique as the support from local businesses means the affordable entry makes it accessible to everyone. “A family ticket for two adults and two children only costs £6, which gives a family all day access to a wide range of impressive speakers, workshops and performances and a vibrant day of music and entertainment,” she said.
What more will the day entail? Fans of the BBC radio soap opera The Archers will be able to share some gossip with script writer Mary Cutler and for those who like murder and mystery novelists Ann Granger and Tom Benn will enlighten readers on how plots are devised.
For the younger ones, the award-winning children’s author Miriam Moss will be on hand, as will Spy Dog writer Andy Cope, and there are rumours that Spy Dog himself will be making an appearance – so make sure to bring some doggie biscuits.
Visit www.literarylive.co.uk for the full programme or call Banbury Tourist Information Centre for tickets on 01295 753752.