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Plymouth International Book Festival

  • Date: 6 September 2012
  • Area: South West
The Etherington Brothers

The Etherington Brothers. Credit: Antony Moore

On 15 September, the inaugural Plymouth International Book Festival launches with a week long programme of literary delights across the city. The new festival will bring internationally renowned writers, illustrators and speakers to the city, celebrating Plymouth's rich heritage of international exploration and discovery.

A partnership of Plymouth City Council's Arts Unit, Plymouth University and South West literature development agency Cyprus Well are promoting the festival which they hope will put Plymouth firmly on the literary map.

Tracey Guiry, CEO of Cyprus Well says:
'We are very excited about creating a new book festival for Plymouth. The festival will bring world-class authors and high-quality events to the city and will offer something for everyone. We want this festival to have something special for the many different communities in Plymouth so we are hosting a wide range of writers, poets and illustrators so that we truly have something for everyone to enjoy.' 

The festival includes a full programme of speakers, readings, poetry, storytelling workshops as well as music, film and play. Highlights include events with Helen Dunmore, Babette Cole and Audrey Nifenegger. Writer and police detective Jørn Lier Horst will be visiting from Norway to talk about the popularity of Scandinavian crime thrillers. A major new exhibition, supported by Plymouth University/Peninsula Arts, around Jo Davies'/Derek Brazell's book 'Making Great Illustration' will also include a public event where some of the world's best known illustrators will talk about their work.

An online resource will be launched at a special event during the festival. The 'Moby Dick Redux', has recorded some of the UK's biggest stars, including Stephen Fry, Tilda Swinton and Simon Callow, each reading chapters of Moby Dick.

Babette Cole will announce Plymouth’s first young city laureate at a special event for young people on Plymouth Hoe on Sunday 16 September. The Etherington Brothers will run a comic book workshop for 7-12 year olds and Stiltskin will share their stories with visitors. Young people will have the chance to meet arts organisations from across the city, to find out what Plymouth has to offer.

The Plymouth International Book Festival is launching a Friends' group which will be open to anyone who would like to support reading and writing activities with young people in Plymouth.