Distance Learning Days Out: October Literary Festivals


256px-WiedemannOctober brings a new round of literary festivals, so if you haven’t had the opportunity to visit one over the summer, there may be something which appeals to you here.

Cheltenham will be hosting its celebration of the written word from the 3rd to the 12th. There is an eclectic mix of speakers, ranging from Ian McEwan to Henry Winkler.                                                      See http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/

Manchester Literary Festival will run from 6th – 13th (http://www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/). With tickets priced at just £6 – £8, this is your chance to see David Mitchell, Martin Amis or Sarah Waters among others.

Footprints of London, taking place throughout October by a team of independent guides, presents forty walks on literary themes. You can retrace Mrs Dalloway’s day on Thursday 2nd or follow the footsteps of Oliver Twist on Wednesday 15th (http://footprintsoflondon.com/other-events/literaryfestival)

The Beverley Literature Festival provides for avid readers in the north in the first two weeks of the month. It promotes local writers and performers as well as the internationally renowned and includes separate events for younger visitors. See http://www.beverley-literature-festival.org/index.php for more details.

On a smaller scale, The Frinton Literary Festival (http://www.frintonliteraryfestival.co.uk/) from Thursday 9th October, also aims to connect readers with authors.

2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Check out http://dylanthomas100.org/english/home/ for a wealth of information including details of events throughout Wales in October and into November.

Autumn is known to so many as being the time for going ‘back to school’ so why not begin your year of study with Oxford Open Learning with a trip to a literary festival. It could not only help with your studies but also stimulate you to produce something of your own.

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