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Royal Holloway hosts literary festival

Posted on 08/03/2010

Royal Holloway, University of London will be hosting the Runnymede Literary Festival once again this year between Tuesday 16 March to Saturday 20 March.


Celebrating its fifth year, one of the festival′s themes is fashion and highlights include a talk by Grace Evans entitled ‘Perfectly Formed’ on the Olive Mathews Fashion Collection at 4pm on Tuesday 16 March in the Bedford Library Seminar Room. Stephen Gundle will be talking about Fashion in relation to glamour on Thursday 18 March also at 4pm in the Bedford Library, and there will also be an exhibition ‘College Fashion’ based there during the entire festival. In addition, there will be a reading by Jo Shapcott from her latest book of poems on Tuesday 16 March at 6pm, and a reading by Ben Markovits from his latest novel on Friday 19 March at 5pm. All events are free and everyone is welcome.


As part of the week of events a comprehensive community programme has been planned and focuses on schools and day centres. All the workshops will be delivered by Royal Holloway Masters and Post Graduate students, through the widening participation team at Royal Holloway University, and by Leisure and Cultural Services at Runnymede Borough Council. Procter and Gamble are sponsoring the event.


The Creative Media Literary Festival, for 14 – 19 year olds, returns this year on Wednesday 17 March between 1pm and 4pm. There will be a range of interactive workshops led by award-winning writers and academics including playwright Dan Rabellato, BBC Radio Producer Alun Lewis, Editor of Elle Germany, Eva Sonaike and Diane Evans the Orange Prize winner for new writers.


Professor Robert Hampson, of the department of English at Royal Holloway and Runnymede Literary Association Chairman, said, "This year′s festival will once again provide a range of talks and workshops. It is good to see the young people’s festival carrying on from last year, and we particularly welcome the support from Procter & Gamble, which will enable us to provide a broader community programme delivered through local schools."


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