This year, we were delighted to host the second Oakwood Literature Festival and were pleased to welcome back authors we already knew and many more that we didn’t.
Firstly, it falls to me to thank everyone who attended for giving their time and support to the literature festival.
The festival was opened by deputy mayor, councillor, Frank Harwood and festival founder Dawn Brookes.
Some worked well, and some were less well attended than we had hoped. However, those who did attend appreciated the panel discussions, workshops, author readings and the general atmosphere of the day.
The ‘meet the authors’ session in Springwood Library was a resounding success and we hope to include this venue in future festivals, see below for more information.
Plotted History Panel
Celia Boyd, author of historical fiction set during the English Civil Wars, chaired the panel. Alongside were Mike Atherton and Richard Vaughan-Davies.
This was the first panel of the day held in Springwood Leisure Centre.
Creating New Worlds Panel
Kate Frost, author of time slip novels for teenagers discussed creating new worlds with fantasy author Rae Stoltenkamp and Sophie Sparham, author and poet.
Other panels discussions included thriller writers, cosy mystery authors and authors of contemporary romance.
Children’s authors Wendy H. Jones, David Robertson and Lee Benson entertained children at Springwood Library.
Thriller writers, AA Abbott and Jane Shemilt, alongside cosy mystery author, Debbie Young performed readings at a ‘meet the authors’ session in the library.
The poets stole the day in the main hall, with inspirational poetry readings. Their performances and readings were well received by listeners. Sophie Sparham entertained in the afternoon with a rendition of her challenging poem Mind the Gap.
Many of those attending were converted to poetry by the performances and Josephine Lay’s poetry workshop.
Speaking of workshops, John Lynch hosted a ghost writing session and David Robertson led a flash fiction workshop.
Oakwood Literature Festival Future
The first two festivals generated interest from the local community and authors gave their time free of charge. The festival model was based on that of a similar festival run by author Debbie Young in a village setting.
In order to keep the event sustainable we hope to introduce exciting changes from next year. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for more information. Thank you again to all who attended as authors and readers!