The Sunderland literature festival is celebrating the city’s rich literary talent with local authors, local artists and local themes.

The festival begins on Friday, September 28 and runs through until Saturday November 3 2018.

Highlights include an opening evening of murder, mystery and guesswork.

There is also the chance to bring along any old film footage, to see if this can be part of a major Search & Rescue project with North East Film Archive.

Staff will be on hand with video players and hand winders to enable these to be seen once again. Short archive film screenings will also be played.

For those who like historical costume, Meridith Towne will be talking about working women’s battle for the vote.

There is even a Peaky Blinders interactive session with the Time Bandits.

Councillor John Kelly, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said:

“The city has a real wealth of literary and creative talent which we should all be proud of and it’s only right that we should celebrate that.

“What’s really great about this year’s festival is that we have such a wide range of themes and events on offer with something for everyone.

“The majority of the events are free so I’d urge everyone to have a look through the programme to see what they’re interested in and to come along and join in.”

Other highlights include:

– University of Sunderland lecturers Colin and Alison Younger launch “Grimmer Fairy Tales”

– ‘Propaganda, Revolution and Victory’ conference on Saturday 13 October commemorating the end of World War One.

– British-Asian writer A.A. Dhand talking about work set against a background of crime and inter-communal challenges.

– Time Bandits’ talk on the Last 100 days before Armistice.

– Ancestry taster sessions

– Local author Jane Lowes talks about her debut book “Horse keeper’s Daughter”

– Creative writing workshop with self-published author, Jamie Richards

– Time for Rhyme sessions and craft activities for children

– Dyslexia Awareness sessions in partnership with Sunderland Social Inclusion & Dyslexia Project.

Visit: for a programme and more information on the festival.

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