Chapter Two as Shrewsbury Festival of Literature returns

By Mark Andrews | Shrewsbury | Shrewsbury entertainment | Published:

Shrewsbury Festival of Literature opens tonight with a personal appearance by award-winning writer Stef Penney.

Stef Penney

Penney will be in conversation with novelist and festival patron Jonathan Coe for the festival's launch event in the Wightman Theatre at 7.30pm.

It is the second year that the town had hosted the festival.

A total of 15 events are lined up for the three-day festival, with poet and artist Frieda Hughes – the daughter of former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and American writer Sylvia Plath – appearing at the theatre tomorrow night, and television historian Alex Langlands talking about his new book on Sunday.

Festival chairman Susan Caroline said: "We have 15 exciting events covering poetry, non-fiction, fiction and workshops.

"We are building on the big success of our inaugural festival last year with a fantastic weekend programme of wonderful authors."

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.


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