Saddleworth Literary Festival
April 6th/7th 2019
Proudly supporting Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice
The 3rd Saddleworth Literary Festival is to be held on the weekend of April 6th/7th April at Saddleworth School, High Street, Uppermill, and is once again supported by the patron of the festival – well-known actor, John Henshaw. To further emphasise the community spirit behind the festival, the organisers have decided to support Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice.
Somehow, the organisers of the festival have worked their magic to attract a wide variety of talent on a shoestring budget, often having to dip into their own pockets to create this community festival. There will be talks, workshops and performances from poets, authors, actors, chefs, musicians and pupils of Saddleworth School and Waterhead Academy. There will also be the result and prize-giving for a writing competition involving local schools.
Psychological Thriller writer and MBE, Jacqueline Ward will be talking about her latest book – ‘PERFECT TEN’ – an explosive thriller about one woman’s search for revenge and the dangerous chain of events she sets in motion. A trained psychologist, Jacqueline also writes short stories and screenplays.
The most fascinating speaker has to be Dr Chet Trivedy, who was kidnapped by baboons as a baby. Then at 4years old he ran away from his family home to look for cheetahs. Destined to forge a career around wildlife, Chet became the founder of the Tulsi Foundation and host of Tulsicon – Wildlife Conservation Challenges in the Indian Sub-Continent . Chet will be introducing his new book ‘TULSI THE TIGER’ and speaking about tiger conservation in India as he fears his book may come true if positive steps aren’t taken to protect the tiger from extinction.
If you are a writer looking for inspiration and tips on how to submit your work to an agent, then you must listen to London literary agent, Christine Green who is a font of knowledge within the literary world. A native of Saddleworth, Christine set up her own agency in London over 30 years ago – CHRISTINE GREEN AUTHORS’ AGENT – representing authors in Britain and around the world.
Ian Whiteley is going to rock the festival with his own blend of poetry set to rock music. Ian is a member of ‘The Black Horse Poets’ in Wakefield and has performed solidly across the North West of England and Yorkshire at poetry slams, open mic, music support slots and guest poetry sessions. Ian also performs with rock performance poets, ‘Bard Company’ and ‘Bard 2 The Bone’
Continuing with music, new to the festival is Maddison Potter-Farrant, a Year 11 pupil of Saddleworth School who will be performing songs from stage musicals, on Sunday 7th April, times yet to be announced. Maddison is a future star of the West End and is a must-see for anyone attending the festival. Her voice and stage persona will amaze the audience. Just hearing her sing gives you goose-bumps as you know you are listening to a star in the making.
Musician turned author, D R Dixon will be talking about his new book -‘WIRED FOR THOUGHTS’ – an unusual and inspirational book about you, me and life. You only have to read some of the extracts on his website – www.wiredthoughts.com – to feel the emotion that has gone into writing this sincere publication.
Poet and Fine Art Illustrator, Lois Collins, will be appearing via a pre-recorded performance to talk about her latest publication – CRUMBDOG’ This is the 1st book in a series about a unique little girl and her wise though cheeky best friend, who is made from crumbs. For 17 years, Lois has suffered from M.E. restricting her life significantly. However, Lois has found comfort by escaping into her world of poetry and children’s book full of magic, vibrant colour and adventure.
The festival is open on both days from 10:30 – 17:30. Adults £5 for the weekend. Children and students are FREE.