Top poet heads book festival line-up at the University


One of the UK’s most innovative comic poets heads a line-up of authors and academics appearing at the University of Lincoln as part of the fifth Lincoln Book Festival in May.


John Hegley has published seven best-selling volumes of his poetry and his Edinburgh Festival performances are regularly sold out. He performs at the new Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) on Thursday 15 May as part of the wider city festival which this year also features Colin Dexter, Iain Banks and Steven Berkoff.


The University of Lincoln’s Events and Conferences Manager, Lesley Bunn said: “We are delighted to be supporting the book festival once again. The opening of our new £6 million LPAC has provided a high-quality venue and allowed us to host more of the festival’s events. It is another example of the way the University is playing an active role in the wider cultural life of the city and county.”


LPAC is hosting a week-long series of events, many of which are free of charge.  The series opens with The Journalistic Imagination on 9 May followed by the New Perspectives Theatre Company performance of Richard Benson’s The Farm on 13 May. Contemporary British Politics will be explored on 14 May and City archaeologist and Chair of the Survey of Lincoln, Michael J Jones will talk on 15 May about the Survey of Lincoln and preview forthcoming work on Lincoln's West End.


Science and the Public is a reflection on science and its representation to the public on 16 May and finally, on May 17, you can get an introduction to the world of BookCrossing – which aims to make the whole world a library by releasing books into the wild and then following their journey online - bring your own book to release.


For more information about the festival and to book tickets please see: and for wider details of all the events across the city see:


Below: John Hegley

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