By Melissa Braine, Arts Digital Editor
Clifton Village LitFest is back for its third year with another great line-up of major writers, artists, and thinkers. The festival runs from the 11th-13th November 2022 in the intimacies of Clifton Library and Clifton’s atmospheric Christ Church.
Planned, managed, and run by an amazing group of hardworking volunteers, LitFest is not only an amazing opportunity to network with literary professionals with valuable thoughts and experiences, but also to surround yourself with fellow literary lovers.
Prepare yourself for a weekend bustling with talks, music, poetry, and workshops by a diverse selection of inspiring authors.
In conversation with Helen Taylor – writer, literary festival director, ex-academic, and LitFest committee member – I asked why literary festivals are so important today.
“Festivals are so important in that they bring a community together around literature and writing of all genres, and they remind people of why culture matters in these dark days – interpreting, critiquing and explaining social, political and personal matters that make us all reflect and perhaps change our thinking.”
In our current climate of the under-funding of the arts, literary festivals have become urgently important to highlight the significance of narratives on our personal and societal progression. For this reason, Clifton Village LitFest is such an insightful and valuable event to attend.
Opening this year's LitFest is broadcast journalist Michael Buerk at Christ Church on Friday evening.
On Saturday, Jenni Murray will be leading an impressive line-up of speakers including historian of the SS Great Britain Helen Doe, philosopher Julian Baggini, ex MP Chris Mullin, and many more talented writers. Clare Reddaway will also be running two 'Clifton Story Walk' sessions on Saturday morning and evening, beginning at Clifton Library and painting a historic Clifton through poetry and prose. Music for Saturday evening is 'Gentlemen of Few', an indie/pop rock band certain to give a passionate and energetic performance.
Sunday is another day with an eclectic selection of inspirational writers and talks. With authors like Rosie Parker, Charlotte Philby, Geoff Brookes, Nikki May, and Kit de Waal, and rounded up by 'Hounds of Lounge Duo' where Joanna Swan and Nick Pullin will give a rhythmic vocals and guitar duo at the Clifton Library.
Clifton Village LitFest is not only for those who take an interest in pursuing a career in the media, publishing, and writing, but is also an event for all to broaden your literary horizons and appreciate author experience.
Buy your tickets online or at Clifton Library.
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Featured Image: LitFest 2021, courtesy of Friends of Clifton Centre and Library
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