Launch of Lit Fest 2022 with activities on the theme of literature for all

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LITERATURE lovers will be delighted as an exciting new Literature Festival will be held in Warrington next month.

Organized by LiveWire, Warrington LitFest is taking place at borough libraries from Saturday 4th to Saturday 11th June. It will celebrate all things literary in the borough and beyond, including storytelling, performances, creative writing, author visits and more.

From children’s activities to author conferences, Warrington LitFest will offer a host of different events that will inspire and encourage the whole community to participate and get involved.

Jubilee themed family day
The festival will kick off with a Jubilee-themed day of family fun at the Warrington Museum and Library on Saturday June 4 with stories, crafts and activities from community groups including The Warrington Signing Choir, Mulan Culture and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. Local artist Stef Woof will create an artwork on the day with the help of all attendees.

LitFest will continue for a full week at all of our library sites and select community locations. There will be something for everyone with the aim of encouraging reading for pleasure and welcoming both library regulars and some new visitors to the events.

Festival highlights include:

  • Drag Queen Story Hour UK
  • An Evening with Author Sarah Ward – available online or in person
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists One Man Show

All festival events are free and the program can be viewed here

Emma Hutchinson, Managing Director of LiveWire, said: “After COVID forced us to cancel our LitFest 2020 just weeks before its scheduled date, we are delighted to be hosting the first Warrington LitFest this summer.

“Our aim is to create a week-long literary festival – bringing together a wide range of events and activities – for Warrington residents of all ages and interests to enjoy. Building on our past experiences , our strong partnerships and LiveWire’s philosophy of improving people’s well-being, we will build a lasting legacy of “love of reading” that we hope will resonate with our library users and the -of the.

Warrington Borough Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community, Cllr Tony Higgins, said: “Warrington Lit Fest is a great way for people to experience the joys of literature, and I look forward to a diverse program of events – from Jubilee family fun to day and storytelling sessions, author events, performances and arts and crafts.

“It’s going to be a special week, with our libraries and community places coming to life with events and activities for people of all ages – and it’s all free, so be sure to join in the festivities.”

Date Weather Location Event
Monday 6and June 1 p.m. Stockton Heath Library How Aspirion Found Me with Florie Parker
Monday 6and June 3 p.m. Westbrook Library Three Wishes and a Sausage with Helen Stewart
Monday 6and June 6:30 p.m. Lymm Library Author interview with Mandy Byatt
tuesday 7and June 11 a.m. Burtonwood bookcase 247 poems with Dean Fraser
tuesday 7and June 6:30 p.m. Padgate Library Mamas United: Stop ironing, start living with Lousia Herridge
tuesday 7and June 6:30 p.m. Penketh Library (or online) An Evening with Sarah Ward
wednesday 8and June 2 p.m. Orford Library Tale of 3 writers with Carol Bissett, Liz Hedgecock and Michael Jackson
wednesday 8and June 2 p.m. Warrington Central Library Celebrating Warrington with Janice Hayes
wednesday 8and June 6:30 p.m. Westbrook Library Mums the Word with Rebecca Oxtoby
thursday 9and June 10am LifeTime, the gateway Creative Writing Workshop with Bold Street Writers
thursday 9and June 11 a.m. St Andrews Church, Orford Christian poetry chapter and verse
thursday 9and June 6:30 p.m. Stockton Heath Library The 26 by David Horner
thursday 9and June 6:30 p.m. Woolston Library The Life of Crime by Martin Edwards
friday 10and June 10:30 a.m. LifeTime, the gateway The New Open Gate – Writing and Poetry Classes with Terry Caffrey
friday 10and June 2 p.m. Birchwood Bookcase How to blog with Liz Hedgecock and Michael Jackson
friday 10and June 2:30 p.m. Culcheth Library In search of democracy, dreaming of freedom with Janet Evans
friday 10and June 7 p.m. Padgate Library The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Townsend Theater Productions
saturday 11and June 12:30 p.m. Great Sankey Neighborhood Center Story Hour with Aida HD from Drag Queen Story Hour UK
saturday 11and June 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Warrington Central Library Lost by Kindred Folk Dance Theater

For more information on LiveWire’s libraries, please visit www.livewirewarrington.co.uk/libraries

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