|More than Words
Billinge-born Lemn Sissay MBE, artist-in-residence at London's Southbank Centre and part of BBC Radio 4's Sony Award-nominated Saturday Live team, is one of the highlights at Wigan's annual celebration of all things written and spoken - the Words Literary Festival.
Award-winning writer and poet Sissay, a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) since 2010, has been a smash hit on both TV and radio in a literary career spanning 25 years.
Lemn Sissay is in conversation with Jane Davis as part of the Words Literary Festival at the Mill at the Pier from 7.30pm on Monday 8 April.
Now in its 10th year, the literary festival, which celebrates the best in local and international historical and modern writing, is organised by the Leigh and Wigan Words Together Committee supported by WLCT (Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust) and funded by the Arts Council England's National Lottery Grants for the Arts scheme. It starts on Monday 1 April and boasts a two-week programme packed with entertaining, thought-provoking, interactive events.
Words co-ordinator Sharon Lowe says: "It is really fitting that we celebrate the first decade of the festival with a special guests of the calibre of Will Self and Lemn Sissay. As well as being a celebration of the written and spoken word, the ethos behind the festival is about encouraging new writers to take inspiration, learn some of the tricks of the trade and get writing. We have some truly great writers who will be passing on their knowledge and experience at the festival."
Travel writer Alan Whelan will be revelling in a fascination with Africa that has led to three solo overland motorcycle journeys through the continent, and two books:African Brew Ha-Ha, his journey from Lancashire to Cape Town in search of the ultimate cup of tea, and The Black Stars of Ghana, an intimate portrait of the vibrant West African nation.
For younger fiction fans, poet and children's television star Dommy B will be bringing his show The Dragon Who Hates Poetry to the festival on Saturday 6 April.
For a Words brochure visit a Wigan library or leisure centre. For more information visit www.wlct.org/words, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07928 818779.