THE wait is finally over as the Oswestry LitFest 2014 kicks off this Friday – and this year’s programme is better than ever.
Launching the proceedings will be Sunday Times best-selling author and cupcake fan, Carole Matthews, who invites fans to an evening where she will reveal her own account of life from Milton Keynes to Hollywood, before festival partners Kinokulture screen not one, not two, but three helpings of National Theatre Live production: War Horse, one of several sell-out events.
A date for youngsters awaits on Sunday, when Beast Quest drop in for an adventure at Oswestry Library, while the popular Bookshop Band are back on Monday complete with a two-part work written especially for the festival and inspired by the life and work of Wilfred Owen.
Continuing the First World War theme will be the inaugural Wilfred Owen Lecture next Tuesday (March 18) when former BBC News correspondent and ‘The Man in the White Suit’, Martin Bell OBE will present an absorbing account of the Oswestry-born poet’s life.
Festival director, John Waine, said: “Martin Bell’s long and highly distinguished broadcasting career covering conflicts in places like Vietnam, Angola and Bosnia, allied to his ardent appreciation of Owen’s writing, makes him the perfect choice to deliver the first ever Wilfred Owen Lecture.”
There will be ‘murder in the library’ when top authors Aline Templeton and Paul Beeton visit Oswestry Library the following day, before King of the North, Max Adams bring fascinating insights to the life and times of King Oswald next Thursday (March 20), and another children’s entertainment event comes to The Marches School on the Saturday with a family participation production of the Jungle Book.
Rounding off the 11-day performance-filled festival will see biographer Paul Rees talk about his stunning work focusing on Led Zeppelin superstar Robert Plant at The Dining Rooms next Saturday, before journalist, non-fiction author, screen writer and friend of puppet ‘Frank’, Jon Ronson, drops into The Marches School on the Sunday, and physiological thriller author Julia Crouch rounds off proceedings with tea and cake on Monday, March 24.
l There will also be a range of festival fringe events, for more information visit www.oswestrylitfest.co.uk and for more information, or to get your hands on some of the few remaining tickets visit the box office at Booka Bookshop, Church Street, by calling 01691 662244 or by visiting oswestrylitfest.eventbrite.