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A Word in your ear...
Wednesday 7th December, 2011

A Word in your ear...
Louisa Young

Wigan and Leigh’s annual literature event will go ahead in 2012 thanks to a £40,000 grant from the Arts Council.

Organisers are currently finalising the line-up but have confirmed that the author Louisa Young, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award, will be coming to Wigan. Her book ‘My Dear I Wanted To Tell You' will be Radio Four's Book at Bedtime during February.

Colin Pinney and Dean Johnson will be performing works of Kipling and Wilfred Owen respectively. Whilst the students of Wigan based Willpower Youth Theatre will be performing their brand new play about the Titanic to mark the 100th anniversary of the disaster on the 14th April. The author and academic James Canton will be in the archive at Leigh Town Hall discussing the 'Anonymous Diaries of a Traveller to the Levant' written in 1746.

Words 2012 co-ordinator Gillian Forrester said she was delighted with the funding announcement which secures the ninth Words Literature Festival.

She said: “The funding is vital to this festival and we’re extremely grateful to the Arts Council who have once again supported us. We’re really looking forward to next year’s festival – it’s bigger and better. In 2012 we’re taking the festival to new heights and to some unusual locations.”

The grant has been awarded from Arts Council England's National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts scheme.

Alison Boyle, Literature Relationship Manager, Arts Council England, said: “This is a great opportunity for the festival to further strengthen its profile.

“Links with community groups, including a youth theatre, will support projects targeted at young people and will provide ready-made trailblazers for the main festival at which free access to many events will open the doors to all. Poetry in the Park will encourage the sharing of books with all levels of writers.”

Words Literature Festival is organised by Leigh and Wigan Words Together Management Committee, a dedicated volunteer group which work in partnership with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust to ensure its success.

Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “We’re delighted to once again support this wonderful event.
“It’s become a firm favourite on the borough’s cultural calendar and once again promises to be a real page-turner.”

The Words Literature Festival will take place between 9 April and 21 April 2012.

For more information contact Gillian Forrester on 01942 828 227.

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