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Wearside-based bibliophiles have a lot to get excited about in the coming month as the Sunderland Literature Festival is launched. The month-long programme has been designed to coincide with some of October’s biggest national events, including Black History Month and National Poetry Day, as well as local events such as the Houghton Feast As such, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into.

The festival begins with the screening of an hour-long documentary, Sunderland On Film, at the city’s Minster on Friday 2nd October. Former BBC foreign correspondent Kate Adie will share her reflections on being born and bred in the city, alongside archive footage tracing some of the history of the city since 1904.

Throughout the month, local artists and authors as well as special guests will be appearing to talk about their work and careers. The Time Bandits theatre group will be helping you to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Battle of Britain, crime authors including Sheila Quigley and Howard Linskey will be discussing the genre, Lee Ridley – aka Lost Voice Guy – will be returning to the city where his career kicked off and there’s a celebration of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. As well as all this, workshops and drop-in sessions on a variety of subjects are being held for those wanting to get a bit more hands-on.

If you’ve ever wanted to delve into a more hidden literary side to Sunderland, the October festival is a good place to start.

The Sunderland Literature Festival launches on Friday 2nd October and runs throughout October. Find out more on the Sunderland City Council website.

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