A month long celebration of the city’s rich literary talent begins in Sunderland this Friday.

Organised by Sunderland Libraries Services in partnership with the University of Sunderland, School of Culture, the festival runs through until Saturday, November 3.

The festival begins with an opening evening of murder, mystery and guesswork when the Time Bandits stage a Murder Mystery Evening at The Place Café in Silksworth Row this Friday.

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: https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/whats-on-in-libraries for a programme and more information on the festival.

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