TALENTED poets, authors, actors, chefs and musicians are coming together in an exciting line-up at the third Saddleworth Literary Festival.
The festival will be held on April 6-7 at Saddleworth School, Uppermill, and is again supported by patron John Henshaw, an actor best known for roles in Early Doors, Born and Bred and The Cops.
And to further emphasise the community spirit behind the festival, the organisers have decided to support Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.
Organisers have worked their magic to attract a wide variety of creative talent on a shoestring budget, offering a packed schedule of talks, workshops and performances over the two days.
Pupils from Saddleworth School and Waterhead Academy will also take to the stage, including year 11 pupil Maddison Potter-Farrant who will give a ‘must-see’ performance of songs from musicals.
And there will also be the results and prize-giving for a writing competition involving several local primary schools.
Psychological thriller writer Jacqueline Ward will talk about her latest book Perfect Ten. A trained psychologist, Jacqueline also writes short stories and screenplays.
Dr Chet Trivedy, founder of the Tulsi Foundation, will be introducing his new book, Tulsi The Tiger, and speaking about tiger conservation in India as he fears his book may come true if positive steps are not taken to protect tigers from extinction.
If you are a writer looking for inspiration and tips on how to submit your work to an agent, then you must listen to London literary agent, Christine Green.
A native of Saddleworth, Christine set up her own agency in London over 30 years ago and represents authors in Britain and around the world.
Terence P Trout will be welcoming people into the festival with his wonderful Bach Transcriptions on electric guitar and, as last year, he is bound to digress into some classic rock music.
Meanwhile, Ian Whiteley is going to rock the festival with his own blend of poetry set to music. Ian is a member of The Black Horse Poets in Wakefield and has performed across the North West at poetry slams, open mic, music support slots and guest poetry sessions.
Fresh from the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018, Ozlem Warren will be speaking about her latest cook book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table.
Ozlem’s food journey has taken her from Istanbul to Texas to London and hopefully will also be demonstrating how to cook some of her delicious Turkish cuisine.
Artist Morganico, who has been compared to eminent street artist Banksy, will be talking about his work and new book, a beautifully illustrated creation telling the tale of Sam Widges and his global journey in search for his life’s goal.
Musician turned author D R Dixon will talk about his new book, Wired for Thoughts – an unusual and inspirational book about you, me and life.
Poet and Fine Art Illustrator Lois Collins will appear via a pre-recorded performance to talk about her latest publication, Crumbdog, which is the first in a series about a unique little girl and her wise though cheeky best friend, who is made from crumbs.
For 17 years, Lois has suffered from ME, restricting her life significantly, but she has found comfort by escaping into her world of poetry and children’s books full of magic, colour and adventure.
Returning guests include Spike the Poet, writer Carmen Walton, poet EMG Somerville, Funky Fitness and Fun, London literary agent Christine Green, and local writers Barbara Hegab and Joanne Lees.
The festival is open on both days from 10.30am-5.30pm.
Tickets for adults cost £5 for the weekend while children and students are free. Tickets are available online or on the day.
The festival is run by a small group of six volunteers so any donations will really make a difference – find out how to support the festival on their website.