Big names line up for LitFest

Clifton LitFest returns later this month for the fourth time with more events and more performers than before.

    A host of television and radio celebrities, novelists, historians and musicians are among those taking part in more than 30 events spread across  three venues over three days. 

      The festival opens on October 10  with keynote speaker Professor Alice Roberts, anthropologist, author and broadcaster who has presented various television series including Digging for Britain, Time Team and Britain’s most Historic Towns.

      Professor Roberts, who went to school at Westbury-on-Trym and still lives locally,  will be talking at Christ Church about how burial archaeology can shed light on ancient societies.

      Sara Davies, who was a BBC producer and abridger for 20 years will be running a workshop on writing radio drama. Memoirist Lily Dunn will be running a workshop too. 

    Also on the programme is  Peter Lord, co-founder of Bristol’s internationally known animation company Aardman. In an illustrated talk he will take his audience behind the scenes of some of the films his company made in an illustrated talk. 

    For lovers of political debate former Labour MP Chris Mullin will be talking about his latest memoir as well as discussing with Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee her family memoir. 

   The LitFest is organised by the Friends of Clifton Centre and Library, (FoCCal). 

Festival chair Dr. Helen Taylor, said: “In only four years Clifton LitFest has established itself as a key event in Clifton’s calendar. attracting large audiences over  a full weekend. 

“This year’s event promises another terrific programme showcasing nationally-renowned writers, musicians and artists, often with Clifton connections”

    Clifton LitFest runs from October 10-12 and will be held at Clifton Library, Christ Church and Pavey House in  nearby Waterloo Street. 

Bookings via Eventbrite and Clifton Library.

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