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Stratford Literary Festival!

8 May 2021 to 16 May 2021Visit website

This spring, a chance to bring both popular culture, world affairs and literary fiction together has been exposed with the announcement of the Stratford Literary Festival. This festival is a mix of digital and live events, in line with covid restrictions taking place from the 8th -16th May. The festival will consist of pre-recorded events, live and interactive online streaming and in person workshops following Covid 19 guidance the following week.
 
Headliners include the Yorkshire Vet, Julian Norton, who shares the challenges and hilarity of working with animals, also revealed in his new book, all creatures. Presenter of BBC’s hugely popular ‘the repair shop’, Jay Blades, will be discussing his inspirational memoir.  The programme includes several comedians, a great way to pick up your spirits and unwind with writer and former Bake-Off presenter, Mel Giedroyc introducing her first novel, the best things. The festival will also explore a variety of current issues this year, covering extremely topical events. For example, Martin Robinson and Johnny Benjamin will consider the crisis in men’s mental health and why suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45. Also, journalists Mary Ann Sieghart and Annabelle Williams ask why women are still struggling for equality in the workplace. Fiction also features strongly across the programme with author Sally Bayley sharing her Shakespearean-inspired memoir and professional futurist Tracy Follows providing an insight into how technology and global brands affect personal identities. There are also many events offered for families as well with Christopher Lloyd running a family quiz to challenge old and young minds alike.
 
This festival has something for everyone, whether it be a love for animals, fiction, current affairs and debates or the simple enjoyment of a family quiz. This is an upcoming spring event you will not want to miss out on. Tickets start at just £6 and go on sale on the 1st of April from the festival website.
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