Programme

The Northern Literary Festival

Greenbank Building, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE

15th – 17th Jaunary 2021

We’re going virtual!

We’re working hard to try and bring you the same schedule as below. This will continue to be updated over the next few weeks.

NYALitFest 2020

Workshops

12 pm – 1 pm – Vanessa Jones. Join author and musical theatre actress, Vanessa as she introduces you to her debut novel, SING Like No One’s Listening! Inspired by her time on the stage, Vanessa paints a scene of what it’s really like to learn at a British musical theatre school. Followed by an intimate interactive workshop, Vanessa will guide you on how to perform like a pro and sing like no one’s listening!

2 pm – 3 pm – Bex Hogan. Come and explore the twists and turns of fantasy world-building. Covering elements such as landscape and magical creatures, Bex will guide you on a journey to create your own fantasy setting.

The Agent Realm

10 am – 10:45 am Anna Mainwaring – The Writer’s Voice. Agents and publishers often say that what they are looking for in submissions is a unique voice. But what does that mean? In this workshop, you will explore what is meant by the writer’s voice, and aim to find your own.

12 pm – 12:45 pm Getting your pitch right. Join agent Davinia Andrew Lynch and author Malcolm Duffy as they chat about getting your pitch right.

2:15 pm – 3 pm How to get Published. Join agent Sandra Sawicka and author Rose Edwards as the discuss how to get published.

Panels/Signings

10 am – 10:45 am – The World We Live In (Juno Dawson, Dean Atta, C.G. Moore, Patrice Lawrence, chaired by Eleanor Pender)

11 am – 11:45 am –  Myths, Magic & Legends (Mel Salisbury, Rose Edwards & Bex Hogan, chaired by Kesia Lupo)

12 pm – 2 pm – Signing (Vanessa Jones, Anna Mainwaring, Malcolm Duffy, Juno Dawson, Dean Atta, C.G. Moore, Patrice Lawrence, Mel Salisbury, Rose Edwards & Bex Hogan & Kesia Lupo)

1 pm – 1:45 pm – What Love Is, and What Love Isn’t (Holly Bourne in Conversation with Lisa Williamson)

2 pm – Signing (Holly Bourne & Lisa Williamson)

2 pm – 2:45 pm – Defying Expectations (Chaired by Sue Cheung, Mel Darbon, Yaba Badoe & Darren Charlton)

3 pm – 3:45 pm – Toxic Talk (Muhammad Khan, Matt Killeen, Holly Jackson, Samuel Pollen & chaired by Karen Gregory)

4 pm – 4:30 pm – Signing (Sue Cheung, Mel Darbon, Yaba Badoe, Darren Charlton, Muhammad Khan, Matt Killeen, Holly Jackson, Samuel Pollen & Karen Gregory)

4:30 – 5:15 pm – Speak Up! (Danielle Jawando, Sharon Dogar, Louisa Reid & chaired by Laura Coryton)

5:15 pm –  Signing (Danielle Jawando, Sharon Dogar, Louisa Reid & Laura Coryton)

6 pm – 7 pm Pitch to Chicken House (Kesia Lupo & Barry Cunningham)

7 pm – CLOSE


KIDSLitFest 2020

Workshops

Workshops

10 am – 11 am Damien Love – Monstrous Devices. Join Damien for a creative writing workshop where attendees are invited to imagine the back-story behind some of the other cranky old toys he brings along, and what they might get up to when they’re left alone in the room. (10+)

10 am – 11 am Dan Walker – How do stories work?  Author of The Light Hunters will talk you through creating your own story with your friends and family. (8+)

12 pm – 12.45 pm Michelle Harrison – A Pinch of Magic. Michelle helps budding writers to think up their own magical objects from everyday items and then teaches them how to write an exciting opening to a story. Michelle has done this workshop for countless school visits and at Henley  Lit Fest and Greenwich Lit Fest this year and the children have left full of excitement and keen to finish their stories at home. (9+)

1 pm – 2 pm Map Making with Vashti Hardy Create your own fantasy map with bestselling author of Brightstorm and Wildspark. (8+)

2 pm – 3 pm Philip Caveney – The Book of Secrets. Philip will be introducing you to Archimaldo, a medieval troubadour who could do with some help creating his next jingle! (9+)

3 pm – 4 pm Liz Flanagan – Dragon Daughter. Join Liz Flanagan, the award-winning author of Dragon Daughter, for a magical creatures masterclass! (8+)

3 pm – 4 pm Marie Basting – Princess BMX. Character Mash! Using a Top Trumps style format, learn how to create your own unique characters. After illustrating your character, you’ll highlight their unique traits and qualities and give them a problem – the key feature of any character-driven story. (7+)

Events

10 am – 10:45 am Take to the Sky! Join Katherine Woodfine as she talks about trailblazers and her latest book, Sophie Takes to the Sky. (6+) Followed by book signing

11 am – 11:45 am  Adventure Awaits! Join Thomas Taylor, Ross MacKenzie & Vashti Hardy as they take you on a magical adventure of fantastical storytelling!

12 pm – 12:45 pm Punny Books. Join award-winning author Guy Bass for a full-throttle hour of stand-up, readings, poems, pictures and, most importantly, puns. Expect nothing but nonsense as Guy explores his childhood aspirations and inspirations and reads from his latest punny book, Anna Gain and the Same Sixty Seconds.

1 pm – 1:45 pm Mystery-solving, code-cracking and daring-detectives! Join three brilliant authors of young crime fiction – Annabelle Sami, Anne Miller and Serena Patel – to hear about the whip-smart female detectives they have each created and the perilous but often funny mysteries they solve. There’s ‘Agent Zaiba’, a go-getting British Pakistani and detective mega-fan who is always on the watch for a crime to solve; ‘Mickey’, an inquisitive puzzle-solving genius who is recruited by a Top Secret spy ring run by a band of eccentric animals; and ‘Anisha’ who accidentally becomes a detective the day she discovers a secret ransom note saying Aunty Bindi’s groom has been kidnapped and will only be released if the wedding is called off!

Learn secret tips for writing your own page-turning crime stories. What’s gone wrong? Who are the suspects? And what are your clues?

2 pm – 2:45 pm Mermaid School. Dive in with author and illustrator duo Lucy Courtenay and Sheena Dempsey as they talk all things mermaids and underwater fun! (7+)

4 pm – CLOSE


PAST EVENTS

Workshops

10am – 11.30am Creative Writing Workshop (Melvin Burgess & Lucy Christopher) Harrington Building, 1st Floor.

12pm – 1.30pm – Ask the Agents (Chloe Seager, Louise Lamont & Sandra Sawicka) Greenbank Lecture Theatre.

Panels/Signings

10.15am – 10.45am: YA Thrillers (Chaired by Caroline Carpenter – Will Hill & M.A. Bennett) Greenbank Lecture Theatre.

11am – 11.45am: Feminist Fantasy Panel (Melinda Salisbury, Samantha Shannon, Laure Eve & Rose Edwards) Harrington Lecture Theatre.

11.45am – 1pm: Author Signings/Stalls/UCLan Publishing Course Tours

Signing: M.A. Bennett, Will Hill, Lucy Christopher, Melinda Salisbury, Samantha Shannon, Laure Eve & Rose Edwards

1pm– 1.45pm: Inclusiveness in YA Panel (Chaired by Aimée Felone – Non Pratt, A.J. Hartley, Bali Rai & Mel Darbon) Harrington Lecture Theatre.

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Author Signings/Stalls/UCLan Publishing Course Tours

Signing: Chloe Seager, Non Pratt, A.J. Hartley, Bali Rai & Mel Darbon

2.30pm – 3.15pm: Shame-Less Panel (Katherine Webber, Melvin Burgess, Laura Steven, Tamsin Winter) Harrington Lecture Theatre.

3.15pm – 4pm: Signing/Stalls

Signing: Katherine Webber, Melvin Burgess, Laura Steven, Tamsin Winter & Lisa Williamson & Alexandra Sheppard

4pm – 5pm: Mental Health Panel (Lisa Williamson, Alice Broadway, Sara Barnard, Akemi Dawn Bowman & Alexandra Sheppard) Harrington Lecture Theatre.

5pm – 6pm: Signing

Signing: Lisa Williamson, Alice Broadway, Sara Barnard & Akemi Dawn Bowman

HOW TO FIND US

NYALitFest is held in the Social Space between the Harrington and Greenbank building highlighted on the campus map here.

Free parking is available on campus. The nearest car parks are Greenbank, Harrington, Victoria and Fylde.

If you are coming on foot from the train station, exit from the station’s main entrance, turn right and then left down Corporation Street to Ringway. Cross Ringway at the lights, turn right, then take first left down Corporation Street (shops including Aldi on your left). Straight ahead and follow signs to the University.

If you are travelling on foot from the bus station, the journey is half a mile and the University is a 15-minute walk from Preston bus station. Head towards Lancaster Road until you arrive at the Cenotaph. Turn right downhill on Friargate. Walk through pedestrianised area down to traffic lights at Ringway. Cross Ringway and continue up Friargate. Follow signs to University.

SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Activities & Stalls

Publisher Stalls – Oxford University Press, Faber, David Fickling Books, Macmillan, Walker, Hachette and UCLan Publishing.

YLG – CILIP Carnegie Medal

Face Painting – get a bookish motif by our free face painter.

Bookish jewellery and gift stalls

Book Exchange – book shelves overflowing with past reads you haven’t yet parted with? A common problem for avid readers! Why not bring your old books to our Book Exchange Stall  and swap them for something you haven’t read?

Waterstones – selling books by the authors attending our event. Cash or card accepted.

More to be confirmed

Please be aware that throughout the duration of the event there will be official event photography/filming taking place for marketing and promotional purposes.


Previous Events

The Supernatural & Fantastical in YA

21st July 12pm – 4.30pm

12pm – Doors Open. Get here early to secure a good seat! We’ll have bookish face painting, The Book Exchange and other activities.

1pm – Fantasy Panel. Melinda Salisbury will be chairing a discussion with Sally Green, Taran Matharu and Alexandra Christo. 4 bestselling authors join together to create a YA Fantasy discussion you don’t want to miss!

2pm – Author Signing. Melinda Salisbury, Sally Green, Taran Matharu & Alexandra Christo

3pm – Supernatural Panel. David Owen will be chairing a discussion with A.J Hartley, Melvin Burgess and Marcus Sedgwick. Be prepared to be spooked as these bestselling authors discuss everything we love about the supernatural.

4pm – Author Signing. David Owen, A.J Hartley, Marcus Sedgwick & Melvin Burgess.

Activities & Stalls

Face Painting – get a bookish motif by our free face painter. She’ll be with us until 1pm.

Book Exchange – book shelves overflowing with past reads you haven’t yet parted with? A common problem for avid readers! Why not bring your old books to our Book Exchange Stall  and swap them for something you haven’t read?

Waterstones – selling books by the authors attending our event. Cash or card accepted.

More to be confirmed.

Please be aware that throughout the duration of the event there will be official event photography/filming taking place for marketing and promotional purposes.