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Translate, Create, Debate! Literary Dispatches from the Peripheries of Europe

Friday 29th March 11 am + 1pm

Venue: Reading Room, The Storey, Meeting House Lane Lancaster, LA1 1TH
Tickets: Free

 
11am — Try your hand at creative translation from French by using a short film by literary author Noemi Lefebvre and film maker Laurent Grappe commissioned for the evening “Found in Translation! Literary Dispatches from the Peripheries of Europe” in this workshop. Discuss the issue of the “European periphery” raised in the short film with the writers themselves and try your hand at freely translating and rewriting them in English with the guidance of literary translator Sophie Lewis. No knowledge of French is needed for this creative exercise as gloss translations of the texts will be provided as well as the originals.
Sophie Lewis has been translating fiction and other literature from French since graduating from Oxford University in 2004. Following a stay in Rio de Janeiro, she also began translating from Portuguese. Her translations include works by Stendhal, Jules Verne, Marcel Aymé, Violette Leduc, Emmanuelle Pagano, Natalia Borges Polesso and João Gilberto Noll. She has pursued a career in publishing alongside translation, running the UK office at Dalkey Archive Press, then as Senior Editor at And Other Stories publisher and currently as fiction editor at the Folio Society. She has also edited translation-rich issues of Litro and Sonofabook magazines. In 2017 her translation of Héloïse is Bald by Emilie de Turckheim received a Scott Moncrieff Prize commendation and her most recent translation, the novel Blue Self-Portrait by Noémi Lefebvre, was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize.
 
1pm – Try your hand at creative translation from German using a text by Ulrike Almut Sandig and Grigory Semenchuk commissioned for the evening “Found in Translation! Literary Dispatches from the Peripheries of Europe”. In this workshop. Discuss the issue of the “European  periphery” raised in the text with the writers and try your hand at freely translating and rewriting them in English with the guidance of literary translator Sophie Lewis. No knowledge of German is needed for this creative exercise as gloss translations of the texts will be provided as well as the originals.
 
Ulrike Almut Sandig was born in Großenhain (GDR) in 1979 and now lives with her family in Berlin. Two prose books, three pop music albums, radio pieces and four volumes of her poetry have been published to date. In 2016 Karen Leeder’s stunning translations of Sandig’s latest poetry Thick of it (Seagull Books, 2018) won the English PEN translation Pitch and have been awarded with a PEN America/Heim Translation Fund Grant. In 2018 Sandig and Grigory Semenchuk aka Poetry-Band “Landschaft” published their debut album with Schöffling & Co (Berlin). Meanwhile Hurst Street Press (Oxford/London, UK) launched a cycle from Sandig’s latest poetry collection in Karen Leeder’s translation. Grimm reanimates the dark side of The Children’s and Household Tales of the Brothers Grimm and uses it as a backdrop for contemporary European concerns: war, migration, the rise of the Right. Ulrike Almut Sandig is a member of the German PEN section.

 
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Found in Translation: Literary Dispatches from the Peripheries of Europe

Friday 29th March 7:30pm

Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

Tickets: £5 Full/ £3 Concession

Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: AVAILABLE NOW!

Online: VIC Ticketbox

In Person: Lancaster & Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

Writers Emma McGordon (Whitehaven, Cumbria), Grigory Semenchuk (Ukraine), Ulrike Almut Sandig (Germany) and Noémi Lefebvre (France) have been commissioned to write and creatively translate each other’s works on the topic of the European periphery. How similar   are the challenges faced by German, French or Ukrainian societies? Where is the European periphery today and who represents it? Expect a lively and truly inspired evening of spoken word poetry, filmed poetry, music and creative exchange on what living at the periphery of Europe currently means for these four writers.

Emma McGordon is an award winning writer and spoken word artist from West Cumbria. She has been anthologised with Penned in the Margins,  Morden Tower poetry and Handstand’s New Cumbrian Writers as well as having a pamphlet collection with Tall Lighthouse. She is a former Julia Darling Fellowship winner and also has a Northern Writers’ award. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England and she has performed nationally and internationally. 

 

 

 

Ulrike Almut Sandig was born in Großenhain (GDR) in 1979 and now lives with her family in Berlin. Two prose books, three pop music albums, radio pieces and four volumes of her poetry have been published to date. In 2016 Karen Leeder’s stunning translations of Sandig’s latest poetry Thick of it (Seagull Books, 2018) won the English PEN translation Pitch and have been awarded with a PEN America/Heim Translation Fund Grant. In 2018 Sandig and Grigory Semenchuk aka Poetry-Band “Landschaft” published their debut album with Schöffling & Co (Berlin). Meanwhile Hurst Street Press (Oxford/London, UK) launched a cycle from Sandig’s latest poetry collection in Karen Leeder’s translation. Grimm reanimates the dark side of The Children’s and Household Tales of the Brothers Grimm and uses it as a backdrop for contemporary European concerns: war, migration, the rise of the Right. Ulrike Almut Sandig is a member of the German PEN section.

Born in 1964 in Caen, Noémi Lefebvre lives in Lyon and is the author of four novels, all of which have garnered intense critical success: L’autoportrait bleu (2009) (Blue Self-Portrait, translated by Sophie Lewis), L’état des sentiments à l’âge adulte (2012), L’enfance politique (2015) and Poétique de l’emploi (2018). She is a regular contributor to the French investigative website Mediapart and the bilingual French-German review La Mer gelée. She has has written and produced more than thirty short films with her partner Laurent Grappe, a sound artist and director of Studio Doitsu.

 

 

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Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter, Looking Glass to Spyglass: the much loved worlds of Children’s Books

Saturday 30th March 2pm

Venue:  The Sanctuary, Lancaster Library, Market Square, Lancaster LA1 1HY
Tickets: £10 Full/ £8 Concession
Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: AVAILABLE NOW!

Online: VIC Ticketbox

In Person: Lancaster & Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

The books and stories we read as children often play a formative role in our tastes and interests. This session will explore childhood classics, personal favourites and winners of the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, looking at what makes them endure. It will engage with audience members so why not bring along your own childhood favourite and share what it meant to you. The session will be hosted by Christopher Moore critic and creator of the #YAtakeover digital Festival. Panellists include Amy McKay – selected as School Librarian of the Year, had judged the Blue Peter Book Awards and is co-ordinator for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal – and Jake Hope Chair of the Youth Libraries Group, reviewer for numerous publications and official blogger for the Carnegie Medal anniversary when he read and appraised every past winner of the award. Whether you are looking to reminisce and remember or are wanting recommendations in the best books for children, join us for a lively and fascinating discussion!

 
Jake Hope is the Chair of the Youth Libraries Group. He has judged almost every major literary award for children’s books in the UK and has spoken at the London Book Fair, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Hay and even South Korea. A passionate advocate for children’s books, libraries and reading, Jake is currently writing a book on visual literacy. 

Amy McKay was School Librarian of the Year in 2016. A familiar face at festivals and on judging panels, she makes regular appearances at Edinburgh and Hay and has judged the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, the Blue Peter Book Awards and the Nibbies. Describing herself as a ‘stealth librarian’, Amy lures readers in to the library with innovative clubs and activities using her natural rapport to introduce them to the world of books and reading. 
 
Chris Moore is an influencer for books for children and young adults. He has studied an MA in Publishing and Creative Writing, has written articles for Bookmachine and Writing Ireland and established the popular digital reading promotion, the #YAtakeover on Twitter. Chris is a regular reviewer and commentator. 
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joinedupwriting – Roger McGough + LiTTLe MACHiNe

Saturday 30th March       7pm

Venue:  The Great Hall, Lancaster University, North Spine, Bailrigg , Lancaster LA1 4YW
Tickets:  £18.50— £16.50
Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways:
Online: www.lancasterarts.org
In Person: Great Hall Booking office, The Great Hall Complex, Lancaster University
By phone: 01524 594151

 
For the Saturday evening of our final weekend we have a very special event for you! In partnership with Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University we have a stunning evening of music and poetry with a literary legend. The triumphant return of Roger McGough to Lancaster.
Roger McGough is one of Britain’s best-loved poets. The author of over seventy books of poetry and editor of numerous anthologies, his exuberant new collection ‘joinedupwriting’ ranges from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life to the trauma of war and contemporary global politics. These poems explore the human experience in all its shades of light and dark but always with McGough’s signature wit, irreverence and vivacity. This is the nation’s favourite poet at his finest.Roger’s show with LiTTLe MACHiNe features a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising   poems set to music. Join us for a gala gig that’s making waves!For adults & 14+. The event will be followed by a book-signing.
President of the Poetry Society, Roger has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. Roger is well known for being a member of The Scaffold (Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron) and GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten, his Molière adaptations for English Touring Theatre and the long-running Poetry Please. The beat goes on.
Roger has continued to flourish in recent years. 2016 saw the release of a new album The Likes of Us with LiTTLe MACHiNe. 2017 embraced the 50th anniversary of the iconic & top-selling Penguin Modern Poets’ no.10  –  The Mersey Sound by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough & Brian Patten and the summer of ’67 epic poem of love & lust, broken promises and unfettered dreams, Summer With Monika, was republished and newly illustrated by Chris Riddell. Plus a host of country-wide dates with The Bootleg Beatles and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in It Was Fifty Years Ago Today which sold out the Royal Albert Hall in hours. Roger’s significant birthday year also saw the publication of 80  –  a selection of poems for children (Puffin). 2019 opens with Roger back on tour with a fantastic new poetry collection— joinedupwriting.
@McgoughRoger www.rogermcgough.org.uk
 
‘The patron saint of poetry’  – Carol Ann Duffy
‘rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits’ – The Independent
‘a poemy torch in dark corners’ – Ian McMillan Poetry Review
‘a witty and ingenious chronicler of British life, who manages a range of perennial themes with a deftness and agility that is hard to beat’ – The Poetry Society
‘Liverpool’s own Poet Laureate’  – Daily Post
‘What a night. Roger and Little Machine stormed it’  – Bewdley FestivalFormed in 2009 LiTTLe MACHiNe are the musicians, composers, and writers Walter Wray, Steve Halliwell & Chris Hardy. The ‘must have’ act at Literary Festivals from York to Dubai. They have appeared with Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, Gillian Clarke, Liz Lochhead, John Cooper-Clarke, John Hegley and many others. It’s poetry  –  but not as you’ve heard or seen it before. Music that moves the feet for words that move the soul!
www.little-machine.com
 
  ‘It’s a long time since I heard something so exciting, a wonderful way of delivering poetry. The most brilliant music and poetry band in the world’. Carol Ann Duffy
‘LiTTLe MACHiNe’s sophisticated way with poetry made me fall in love with old and new favourites all over again. They make you laugh and break your heart.’ Gillian Clarke
 
 Photograph: Nick Wright Photography
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The Sea Swallow

Venue:  Ludus Dance, Assembly Rooms, King St, Lancaster, LA1 1RE
Tickets: £10 Full /£7.50 Concession /£5 Child (16 and under)
SPECIAL OFFER— Family Deal available for £25 (two adults two children)
Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: AVAILABLE NOW!

In Person: Lancaster & Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808


Litfest has initiated several projects over the years, including The Castle Park Stories and The Slave Trade Memorial Project to name but two.  The Sea Swallow commission was a part of the Mythic Coastline project; Litfest commissioned Gareth Thompson to write a narrative that blended local features and legends, with illustrations by Hannah Magee. These illustrations have been realised in public artworks to be seen on the coast at Cleveleys, including The Sea Swallow Sculpture, the Shipwreck Memorial, the Giant Ogre’s Paddle, the Stone Ogre and Mary’s Shell.


For our 40th festival Litfest has commissioned a very special adaptation of this much loved   story. In partnership with friends of the festival Ludus Dance, we present a very special production combining pre-recorded and live storytelling, soundscape, dance, music and virtual reality technology. Experience the story of The Sea Swallow as never before in this unique promenade-style performance. The event will run from 3pm with groups leaving at 15 minute intervals.
Recommended Minimum age 12+ years (due to the use of VR headsets)
Unfortunately due to issues with the lift at the venue this event will not be accessible to wheelchair users.
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Litfest Scarecrow Competition

Welcome to the first Litfest Scarecrow Competition! Members of the Lancaster & District   community are invited to create a scarecrow in the form of a character from literature. The character can be from any book, from Harry Potter to Sherlock Holmes, Dorothy Gale to the Gruffalo. Simply create your scarecrow and place it somewhere that can be seen from the road. Whether that is in your front window, your front garden or even the roof!

Download a copy of our competition sign here –  Scarecrow competition entry – to be put in the window of your house. Then send us an email to marketing@litfest.org or post a letter to Litfest, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH. Please include your name, your address, the character your scarecrow represents, what book the character is from and where the scarecrow is displayed.

Our judges will tour the lanes of the Lancaster District in search of your scarecrows, before awarding the winner with a grand prize!

 

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Literary Lancaster: Walks Talks and Tours

Sunday 3rd March &            2pm

Wednesday 20th March

Venue: John O’Gaunt Gatehouse, Lancaster Castle, Castle Parade, Lancaster, LA1 1YJ

Tickets: £5 Adults/ £4 Students & Under 16s

Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways:

Online: www.lancaster.gov.uk/VICticketbox

In Person: Lancaster & Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

For many years Lancaster has inspired writers to pick up pen and write down observation in poetry & prose. This guided tour takes visitors around the historic city, highlighting locations of literary significance and bringing them to life with a number of short readings. Contributions range from the quill of 16th Century bargemen, singing the praises of local hospitality, to the laptops of 21st Century crime writers, casting sinister shadows over the streets of the city!

Spaces are limited, so pre-booking is recommended, any remaining places will be available to book on the day at the start of the tour.

Lancaster Walks, Talks & Tours are a small company providing bespoke guided walks, illustrated talks and themed tours, exploring the rich history of the City of Lancaster and the surrounding district.

Lancaster Walks, Talks & Tours principal guide is Gregory Wright. With a background in performing arts, and over twenty years experience in the world of tourism, Gregory provides informed historical narratives in an entertaining and memorable manner

For further details on our guided tour programme, or to enquire about private group bookings, please visit our website at: http://lancasterwalkstalksandtours.co.uk/