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Watch Joseph Coehlo introduce the Litfest Big Read

The Litfest Big Read has returned for this year’s festival, and we’re excited to hear what you think about our chosen titles: The First Woman, by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (for ages 16+) and The Girl Who Became a Tree by Joseph Coelho (for ages 11-16).  We’re challenging everyone to sign up to the Big Read and read one of the books, with the chance to win a prize!

To whet your appetite, here’s a video from Joseph in which he tells you all about his brilliant verse novel, The Girl Who Became a Tree.  

Intrigued?  You can read more and sign up to the challenge here.

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Win the chance to see a rarely shown, Oscar-winning animated classic

This beautiful, animated film based on a story by the French writer Jean Giono won the Canadian director, Frédéric Back, an Academy Award for the best animated feature in 1988. Giono himself said: ‘The goal was to make trees likeable, or more specifically, make planting trees likeable’ and insisted his story should be distributed freely, declining to take any royalties.

Author Michael Morpurgo says: ‘I love the humanity of this story and how one man’s efforts can change the future for so many. It’s a real message of hope.’

You can find out more here — sign up to the event, and win a chance to see this rarely shown Academy Award-winning animated feature film at Atkinson’s Hall Café on March 18th at 7.30pm!

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Enter our Wildlife Photography Competition!

Are you a keen wildlife photographer?  Litfest invites photographers of all ages to submit to our free photography competition — winning entries will be displayed as part of a special exhibition in The Storey, Lancaster.

You can find out more here — and don’t forget to sign up to the event with Darren Andrews and Jon Carter on March 16th, when the winners will be revealed!