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The Word is On!
Tuesday 18th November, 2008

The Word is On!
Wendy Cope

LITERARY lovers can lick those lips!

Wigan’s annual homage to the written word has been given the green light following a £23,000 grant from the Arts Council.

Words ‘09 will be the sixth Leigh and Wigan Literary Festival to be held in the borough.

Last year the familiar face of BBC News, George Alagiah, along with broadcaster and writer Stuart Maconie were two of the highlights at the festival which featured 35 different literary events during March and April.

Full details for the three week festival starting April 13 have yet to be finalized but organisers have confirmed that distinguished poet Wendy Cope has agreed to attend the event.

Born in Kent in 1945 the former teacher and television critic has been described as a “jet-age Tennyson”. Notable poetry collections include “Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis” and “Serious Concerns”.

Wendy Cope is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 1998 she was the listeners choice in a BBC Radio 4 poll to succeed Ted Hughes as Poet Laureate.

Words ’09 co-ordinator Gillian Forrester said: “Wendy is a fantastic poet. Her humour and bathos make her a must read for fans of modern day poetry.

“The Words festival has become a firm favourite in Wigan and Leigh’s cultural calendar. It is one of the best and most diverse literary events in the North West.

“Not only are we attracting some of the country’s finest writers we are providing an opportunity for local talent to have a platform.

“We’re delighted the Arts Council has once again funded this project and look forward to another exciting festival.”

Also confirmed for the festival is world-renowned psychologist and writer Dr Dorothy Rowe who has won critical acclaim for the way she discusses depression and happiness.

In 2004 she was voted one of the six wisest people in the UK by Saga Magazine.

Words ’09 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.

For full details check local papers and Wigan and Leisure Culture Trust’s website – www.wlct.org – closer to the time.

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