25th April 2003




The University of Lincoln is to play host to the first Lincolnshire Echo Book festival next month.


Local readers and writers will get the chance to join over 20 authors and literary organisations in a week-long celebration of the written word from 19th to 24th May.


The festival is being sponsored by publishers Hodder and Stoughton who are also lining up some of their top authors for the event.


Writers such as Mil Millington, Meg Gardiner, Julian Stockwin and Sarah Harrison will entertain audiences with tales of their own careers and descriptions of what it is like to write professionally.


A particular highlight of the week will be the literary dinner at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Restaurant on Friday 23rd May, when the guest speaker will be the writer and broadcaster Libby Purves.


A whole day of events is planned for Saturday 24th May. As well as featuring two Hodder & Stoughton authors - historian Maureen Waller and biographer MJ Simpson -  the day will also showcase many local and regional writers and organisations.


“The Echo’s book festival promises to be a fantastic event for book lovers of all ages,” commented Lincolnshire Echo deputy editor Richard Bowyer.


“We have worked hard to make sure that everybody’s tastes are catered for and hope as many people as possible take part because we hope to make the festival an annual event.”


For further information contact Karen Parsons on (01522) 804305

Email: karenparsons@lincolnshireecho.co.uk.

Visit www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/bookfestival



For more information on this release contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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