Stars set to shine at festival

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A host of big names from the literary world are set to appear at Oswestry Festival of the word, as Neil Thomas explains.

Two of Britain’s foremost literary figures – former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and best-selling author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo – will feature in the fourth Oswestry Festival of the Word which takes place over 11 days in March.

Motion and Morpurgo feature in a glittering line-up of internationally acclaimed writers, poets and performers in the festival, which runs from Saturday 9 to Tuesday 19. The programme also features a Whitbread Book of the Year winner, an appointment with a Dalek, an alien in underpants and Toad of Toad Hall.

Michael Morpurgo, whose book War Horse is one of the global publishing sensations of the 21st century, will read extracts from his best-seller and other titles including Medal for Leroy and Where My Wellies Take Me, in a sell-out show at The Marches School on March 10 at 3pm.
Sir Andrew Motion will bring the festival programme to a close on March 19 at 7.30pm with a performance of poetry alongside the Endellion String Quartet, at Holy Trinity church as part of the Oswestry School Recital Series.

Other highlights include An Evening in Conversation with Kate Atkinson on March 22 at 7.30pm, at The Walls restaurant. The award-winning novelist, whose new book Life After Life is published this month, will talk about her life and literary creations including the private detective, Jackson Brodie. Ms Atkinson received a MBE for services to literature in 2011.

  • Read the full article in the March 2013 print version of Shropshire Magazine.
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