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Havant Literary Festival

Havant Literary Festival


The 7th annual Havant Literary Festival will take place from 3rd to 12th October 2014. This year it will be even bigger, with two weekends of events included.

Those appearing this year include the authors Will Self, Stella Duffy, Kate Colquhoun and Jeremy Page. We have an evening with poet and polymath, Mike Harding, with more poetry from Joan McGavin, Martin Malone, Harry Haines, The Spring Poets and Rhymes with Orange. Music leavens the mix as well. Iconic folklorist Dave Arthur will talk about the history of English song as well as bringing his band, Rattle on the Stove Pipe, for a Sunday afternoon Ceilidh. There are talks on the songs of Dibden and a pub sing-a-long of folk songs and shanties from the Victory Morris Singers.

We haven't forgotten theatre. The highlight is the return of the wonderful Propeller Theatre with two performances of their pocket version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. We see a new version of the Ghost Walk, this year provided by the Hum Drum theatre group, and a theatre and poetry extravaganza promenade that navigates the town via its pubs to finish in the Havant Brewery. Children's theatre is represented with a touring production of Michael Morporgo's I Believe in Unicorns. Look out for other children's events, including story-telling in the Libraries as well.

We are delighted to be able to contribute to Black History Month with a visit from the historian of recent black history in the UK, Stephen Bourne.

There will be the usual opportunities for workshops - this year including an introduction to ventriloquism - some of which are led by our resident writers, Stella Bahin and Zella Compton. Our residents and others also provide our schools programme - schools should email us if they want to participate.

As with last year there are number of themes running through this year's programme. The literary period we are concentrating on is the 18th Century with a series of five early evening lectures from leading experts in the field, including Professor Steve Bygrave. Come to one, or subscribe to the whole series. By popular request we have complemented the Propeller Theatre production with a mini-series on Shakespeare's life and times with contributions from two especially entertaining lecturers, local expert Phil Adams and nationally-known researcher, Dr. Duncan Salkeld. Finally, the last day of the Festival features a study day on Ecology and Literature, with contributions from novelist Naomi Foyle, Rebecca Welshman (who has written about the 19th century naturalist, Richard Jefferies) and the Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Dr. Adeline Johns-Putra.

Visit the official Festival website for full programme, artists and venues

Contact Details

Various venues

Tel: 02392 471811

  • Havant Borough Council