Hot Air Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival 2015 12th-13th June

Another strong line-up for the second Stoke literary festival including Michael Palin’s first visit to Stoke!


The first Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival took place in June 2014 and was the first of its kind in the area, giving local people the opportunity to find out more about the art and craft of writing and the joys of reading.

The festival in the factory, also known as Hot Air giving a nod to Stoke-on-Trent’s historic background, is held at the Emma Bridgewater Factory on Lichfield Street in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Festival returns on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June 2015 featuring a programme of 15 authors, film makers and performers discussing reading, writing, the creative process and their latest releases, giving festival goers the opportunity to debate with and meet some of the country’s leading writers.

Visiting the Hot Air Literary Festival this year are former Labour party chief spokesman and strategist Alastair Campbell, actor, adventurer and Python Michael Palin and former Home Secretary and much admired author Alan Johnson, author and biographer Dame Margaret Drabble, journalist, political biographer Charles Moore, historian and broadcaster William Dalrymple and award winning writer Sathnam Sanghera.

Celebrating Stoke on Trent’s contribution to the creative arts more widely, this year’s festival includes poetry, performance and the event’s first film screening with a special showing of triple BAFTA TV nominated “Marvellous”, the Neil (Nello) Baldwin story, including an audience with Neil Baldwin and director Peter Bowker as Saturday evening’s finale. There will also be a special debate chaired by Matthew Rice to debate the city’s cultural contribution.

Other events include a discussion with local literature specialist Catherine Burgass and filmmaker Ray Johnson about the work of Stoke poet Arthur Berry, Staffordshire author Joss Musgrove Knibb brings to life the First World War experiences of four Staffordshire regiment soldiers and Lucy Cufflin hosts a baking demonstration using the kitchen cafe Aga.

Supporting literacy is a very important element of the Hot Air Festival and ahead of the event a series of special poetry and illustration workshops will be taking place in city schools. With our media partner The Sentinel, the “Too Write” creative writing competition also makes a welcome return with winners being announced at the festival by patron Andy McNabb.

The 2014 event was a great success and we look forward to welcoming back many of you who came last year and new visitors too. Tickets for all events will be available to book from Saturday 11 April.

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