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17 May 2010 Literature Festival Comes to Worcester in 2011 - Volunteers and events sought to help bring this exciting new Festival to the Faithful City - Worcester’s first ever literature festival is coming to the city in 2011 with an array of events including creative writing workshops, seminars, poetry workshops, talks by local and well known authors, book signings, poetry reading sessions, open mic reading sessions, a book stall event and much more. The Worcester Literature Festival is the brainchild of Lisa Ventura, who co-founded the Worcester Music Festival in 2008 with Chris Bennion of Not Just Sauce. She is now seeking help and volunteers to help make the event happen in 2011. Exact dates for the Festival in 2011 are yet to be confirmed and a public meeting has been arranged for Thursday 3rd June 2010 at AirR Café Bar in Bridge Street, Worcester at 7.00pm for anyone interested in taking part or helping with the Festival to come and meet the organisers and register to be involved. Peter Spalton, AKA “The Dating Doctor”, has already signed up to provide workshops and Lisa has teamed up with Sarah Finn, who will be responsible for fundraising and Festival Organisation, to help her with the event. Lisa Ventura said: “For years I have toyed with the idea of putting on a literature Festival in Worcester. We have the Hay on Wye Festival and literature festivals in Birmingham and Cheltenham, but nothing that is solely for literature in Worcester. I was involved with the Three Choirs Festival Fringe in 1999 and even then I had a vision of putting on an event dedicated to literature and writing. “To test the water and gauge interest I created a group on Facebook and within less than 24 hours of it going live the group had nearly 100 members with numerous posts on the group wall, offers of help and ideas for events. The group now has nearly 170 members and it is still growing, which shows the level of interest in holding an event of this nature in Worcester, and I will be spending some time before the meeting making links with individuals and organisations who would like to be involved”. The public meeting will be an informal event and a chance to meet the organisers and brainstorm ideas for events, seminars and workshops, and all who are interested in being involved are welcome to attend. For further information about the meeting or to register your interest if you cannot attend, please call Lisa Ventura on 0845 652 0621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTES FOR EDITORS: 1. The Worcester Literature Festival 2011 is organised by Lisa Ventura, formerly of the Worcester Music Festival with the aim of showcasing Worcester’s literary talents and will encompass seminars, talks, workshops, a book stall event and much more. Further information about the Festival and the public meeting can be found by visiting www.worcesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or by joining the Worcester Literature Festival 2011 group on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=118182648207461&ref=ts. 2. Information about the Worcester Literature Festival 2011 can be found on Twitter - @worcslitfest, Facebook and myspace – www.myspace.com/worcesterlitartsfest. 3. Further information about Peter Spalton can be found by visiting www.spalton.co.uk. 4. Photography, images, media interviews and further quotes can be arranged by contacting Lisa Ventura on 0845 652 0621 or via email@example.com.
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