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YA Day: Cathy Forde – Story to Stage

Saturday 3rd March 2pm

Venue:  The Gallery, The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE

Tickets:  £6 per event or SPECIAL OFFER YA COMBO £10 for both events

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

Online here (single ticket event) or here (YA Combo ticket)

In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808


Young Adult fiction has seen a real boom in recent years and Litfest are delighted to welcome acclaimed novelist Cathy Forde to speak as part of our programme.  Known for gritty and uncompromising prose that leaves readers thinking long after the final pages of her books are finished, Cathy has also worked with National Theatre Scotland on Theatre for young people.

In this session, she will discuss her bestselling novels Fat Boy Swim and The Drowning Pond exploring the journey of adapting these from novels to the stage.  A fascinating talk that will be of interest to writers and all interested in drama.

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Cathy Forde’s breakthrough novel, Fat Boy Swim, was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and Blue Peter’s ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down.’ It won the inaugural Grampian Book Award in 2004, and in 2014 was voted their ‘Winner of Winners’.

Cathy has adapted Fat Boy Swim for the theatre, commissioned by National Theatre of Scotland. Her novels Skarrs and The Drowning Pond won Scottish Arts Council book awards, and Dead Men Don’t Talk was shortlisted for a Scottish Children’s Book Award .

Cathy is an experienced public speaker and leads many workshops in creative writing and drama. She was the virtual writer-in-residence for the Scottish Booktrust  and is mentor to young writers at Toonspeak in Glasgow.