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COLUMN: Literature side of festival set to be fascinating

Launch of Belper Arts Festival at The Cherry Orchard, Market Place where tickets are being sold. Pictured back right is organiser George Gunby.

Launch of Belper Arts Festival at The Cherry Orchard, Market Place where tickets are being sold. Pictured back right is organiser George Gunby.

By Kathy Fairweather

Belper resident

Once again, May promises to be a month full of amazing events in Belper, which are not only fun, but also, through co-operation and inclusivity, promise to bring the community closer together.

One of these events – the Belper Arts Festival,promises something for everyone.

Whether young or old, male or female, artistic or practical, urbanite or nature lover, there will definitely be something to suit all tastes.The literature programme, which I co-organised with Joan Hardy (who would have taught many of our readers), is packed with a variety of events such as talks and workshops, an authors’ showcase where the public can meet published authors and the extremely popular Afternoon Tea with Jane Austen which has a slightly different focus this year.The literature events are designed so as to appeal to both total beginners and avid readers.

Even if not a keen reader of fiction, you would probably find our talks and workshops interesting as they cover a number of fascinating topics.

Leave the humdrum behind and experience something different for a few weeks; step into the creative and philosophical world and see where it takes you.

Join us and discuss how Shakespeare challenged the stereotypical representations of gender; travel with us across the 18th and 19th century continents and see them through the eyes of the early intrepid female explorers; examine the idea that we all experience the world in a unique way; have a go at poetry and creative writing.

Make your own book; meet a Derbyshire poet laureate; learn how Jane Austen used wit to criticise major social issues of her time; enjoy story telling - the list is comprehensive.

For a full list of all the events, please visit the website at www.belperartsfestival.org or get one of the brochures which can be found in a number of cafes and shops around Belper.

For more information or to book a place on any of the literary events, email kathyf100@hotmail.com or telephone Kathy 07779412702 or Joan 07801654370.

 

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