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Budding wordsmiths and literature lovers will converge on Sunderland this month, as the annual Sunderland Literature Festival brings a wealth of events to the city to celebrate the written word.

As always, there’s a wide variety of readings, talks, workshops and sessions up for grabs, with the majority of the programme free of charge to attend. Particular highlights include Sunderland Uni’s School of Culture lecturer Alison Younger’s session exploring the folklore and fables of the North East (Monday 16th October, Houghton Library); media historian Chris Phipps delves into the region’s TV and film icons, in his lecture Forget Carter (Wednesday 18th October, Washington Library); Geoff Nash looks at the links between gothic fiction and terrorism (Wednesday 18th October, City Library); for the technologically minded, Sunderland artist Peter McAdam demonstrates his icoda software, which interacts with music to generate visuals (Friday 20th October, Washington Library); Happiness Is A New Idea explores the similarities between public galleries and libraries (Saturday 21st October, City Library); enjoy an afternoon of performance poetry with The Quiet Compere (Saturday 21st October, The Peacock); and Sunderland University’s publishing house Spectral Visions Press launch their new book (Tuesday 31st October, Holmeside Coffee).

If you’d like flex your writing muscles, there’s a variety of lessons and workshops on offer. University of Sunderland lecturer Colin Younger explores expressive writing to support mental health well-being (Tuesday 10th October, City Library) and you can find out how to write your own best seller with Colin Younger (Saturday 21st October, Washington Library). For those that have already begun their literary journey, Waterstones launch their Short Story Competition on Monday 16th October.

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