Posted on 01/03/2012
The seventh annual Runnymede International Literary Festival will feature publishing heavy-weights and renowned authors alongside the rising stars of the literary world.
This year’s line-up features renowned historical biographer and first-time novelist Kate Williams, former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, as well as award-winning author Susanna Jones (The Earthquake Bird, Water Lily, The Missing Person’s Guide to Love).
The festival, which has Sir Andrew Motion and The Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel as patrons, is organised by Royal Holloway, University of London, Runnymede Literacy Association and Runnymede Borough Council with the aim of making national and international writers and poets accessible to the community and inspiring a love of literature. Procter and Gamble have provided sponsorship for the event for the past three years.
The 2012 festival will once again feature a series of readings, discussions and performances held at the Royal Holloway campus in Egham and at the Centre for Creative Collaboration in London between 8 and 17 March.
It also includes a series of community workshops with pupils from schools across the South East invited to take part in creative literary activities which are this year themed around the Olympics.
Professor Robert Hampson, from the Department of English at Royal Holloway and organiser of the festival, said: “We have a great programme of events with some fantastic authors and poets providing readings of their most recently published works. It is also an opportunity for us to showcase the vast range of talent from our students, many of whom will no doubt go on to achieve successful careers in the literary world.”
For a full programme of events, please visit the Runnymede International Literary Festival website.