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Square Cuts, Flax001

These are stories of people who want to live forever, unpack the contents of their lives, or simply rub along with one another. From acerbic to hushed, intense to curious, the people in this anthology will haunt you. The places they occupy are illuminated by both their actions and indecisions.

Featuring some of the best writers living and working in Lancashire, Square Cuts begins our new series of anthologies with a collection of stories that are as eclectic as they are entertaining and thought-provoking.

Square Cuts, Flax001

Our first anthology features new work from Lynne Alexander, Mollie Baxter, Jane Eagland, Andrew Michael Hurley, Hendryk Korzeniowski, Ian Seed and Peter Wild. Seven writers with a dazzling array of short fictions.

These are stories of people who want to live forever, unpack the contents of their lives, or simply rub along with one another. From acerbic to hushed, intense to curious, the people in this anthology will haunt you. The places they occupy are illuminated by both their actions and indecisions.

Featuring some of the best writers living and working in Lancashire, Square Cuts is a collection of stories that are as eclectic as they are entertaining and thought-provoking.

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Wyre’s Mythic Coast

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Litfest is a key partner in the Mythic Coast project, which is part of the regeneration of Wyre’s waterfronts. The project resulted from a cash injection from the Government’s Sea Change programme, which recognises schemes that have the potential to regenerate seaside towns through cultural and environmental enhancements. Match funding came through contributions from Wyre Borough Council and the support of the Lofthouse family, makers of the world-famous Fisherman’s Friend, manufactured in Fleetwood.

The project developed a narrative for the seafront from Cleveleys to Fleetwood to draw people along the coastline and connect communities.

The Sea Swallow was written by children’s author Gareth Thompson and published by Litfest. His story brings together the project’s aims: to reference landmarks across the Wyre; be appropriate for staging or outdoor performance; have contributions from the local community; include educational and geographical reference points; be adaptable for website and other multi-media follow-ups and open up themes for large-scale sculpture and public artworks. The Sea Swallow is his fourth book. His previous novels, published by Random House, met instant critical acclaim.

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The book is illustrated by Wyre Way Mythic Coastline competition winner Hannah Megee. Hannah’s creative flair saw her beat off stiff competition from over 100 artists in the nationwide search for the right illustrator to convey the The Sea Swallow’s themes in captivating imagery.

Hannah’s designs also provided the inspiration for the Mythic Coast artworks which have been created by public artist Stephen Broadbent. Stephen is creating a sculpture trail, telling The Sea Swallow story, that visitors can touch and play with. The first sculptures were unveiled on Cleveleys promenade in Autumn 2011, with more sculptures to come, up and down Wyre’s waterfront. Other artists are taking inspiration from this project to create their own brilliant versions of the story, including a mural installation at Fleetwood’s Marine Hall, and Louise Wood’s hand-sized ceramic sculptures.

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In July 2011, copies of The Sea Swallow were given to 4,200 Wyre schoolchildren aged 7 – 11. The book is also available to buy online.

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Beyond the Castle

Litfest’s Artistic Director Andy Darby was part of the Beyond the Castle co-design team and now sits as part of the steering group.

The Beyond the Castle project wants to create a high-quality public space around Lancaster’s historic castle and priory, down the hill and over the meadows to the quayside.

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The first step invited everyone to imagine and design the possibilities. ‘Beyond the Castle’ asked people of all ages to share their thoughts and big ideas in a series of fun events over summer and autumn 2012. Together with a team of designers and volunteers, people will had the chance to develop the first plans, with the aim of revitalising this space. 01_1

Andy was the lead on the Just Imagine… All the Stories event, in which participants had to undertake a quest to find out what was needed for a perfect day out Beyond the Castle.

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Castle Park Stories

photo of the project exhbition

photo of the project exhbition

Litfest was one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant for its Castle Park Stories project.

The project encouraged local people to uncover the hidden stories in the area around the castle and develop writing around a site of their choice. In January and February 2013, more than 30 project participants took part in a series of research visits and workshops. Working with a historian, writers, a photographer, archivists and designers, participants uncovered stories and explored ways of sharing them. Their work was presented as a multimedia exhibition, which showed at the Storey at the end of February 2013 before transferring to Lancaster library. You can explore the online version of the exhibition here.

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Flax

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Over the the past few years Litfest’s Flax imprint has published some fantastic writers from the North West.

We will be putting a range of fabulous ebooks, videos and audio pieces back on display in the very near future.

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A Discoverie of Witches

Blake Morrison’s A Discoverie of Witches is a limited edition clothbound hardcover book with just one hundred copies produced.

Lancaster Assizes, 1612. Ten people from Pendle in Lancashire were hanged, pronounced guilty of the crime of witchcraft. The poems in this collection give voice to characters involved in the trials: from the accused to the accusers, from a child who bore witness against her own mother to the hangman who carried out his job loyally and efficiently, yet not without stirrings of compassion. Also included are several poems set in the Pennine countryside where Blake grew up, as well as the controversial tour-de-force ‘The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper’.

Each book is stamped with silver foil onto a quality dark grey cloth and is wrapped with a striking transfilm half jacket and has been signed and numbered by the author.

The interior is printed on 100gsm Premium Munken Cream paper giving a wonderful feel and excellent readability to a superb collection of poetry.

The poems are complemented by a half hour interview with the author on a DVD filmed early in 2012 and presented in full exclusively with this edition.

Published by Litfest and Smith Doorstop.

Buying the book here priced at £39.99 plus £3.00 postage is the best way to support Litfest. We hope you enjoy the book.




A hardback trade edition in green cloth without the DVD is also available priced £12.99 plus postage.




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The Sea Swallow

When Mary’s father the fisherman is killed in a storm, Mary uncovers a terrible war between land and sea. To save her town from being swallowed by the waves, Mary must face the wild water that took her father and go on a journey like no other.

To purchase a copy for £9.99 with free delivery please click below!

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Malkin Child

Jennet’s family all believe they are witches. Other folk think they are, too. But 1612 is a dangerous time to be a witch. When her family are imprisoned and put on trial in Lancaster Castle, Jennet’s evidence will help decide their fate…

To purchase a copy for £7.99 with free delivery please click below!