Leeds Libraries to Launch Leeds Lit Fest 2022

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Leeds Lit Fest 2022

People across the city are invited to join Leeds Libraries to celebrate this year’s Lit Fest, with a programme of live, face-to-face author events, workshops and activities for children and families. And many of the activities are free to enjoy.

This year’s festival will bring well-known writers from across the world to Leeds to talk about their books, and also discuss what inspires them and answer questions from live audiences.

Leeds Lit Fest will launch at Leeds Central Library on Saturday 26 February, with a full day of free events for families and children. Hear from amazing authors, have a go at crafting, enjoy captivating storytelling sessions and listen to writers in conversation. With events for pre-school children all the way up to young adults, it’s the perfect way to round off the spring half term break.

The theme for the events on 26 February will be nature, wildlife, the environment, and climate change; all of which are subjects that many children and young people feel passionately about.

“Action and adventure”

All the authors taking part have written novels, poetry and picture books for young readers with an environmental theme. Some of the highlights of the day include:

  • Steve Cole is the author of Young Bond, and Dr Who novels. He’ll be at Leeds Central Library to talk about his thrilling short stories with an environmental theme at their heart. Expect a session packed with action and adventure.
  • Younger book lovers can also enjoy a free session with author Maudie Smith. She writes colourful picture books filled with engaging characters and adventures. Children will be able to meet Maudie, who will be reading from her book Must Have Mum, and colour in pictures from the story.
  • Andy Mulligan’s novel for young adults, Trash, has been turned into a feature film. He’ll be talking about his inspiration for the book, and there’ll also be a screening of the film afterwards.
  • Writers Gill Lewis and Hannah Gold will discuss what makes a good animal story for children. Both authors have both taken inspiration from the natural world and wildlife for their children’s books. Join them in conversation and ask your questions at this free event at Leeds Central Library.

While all the events are free, Leeds Libraries is asking people to book a place in advance.

Andrea Ellison, Leeds City Council Chief Librarian, said: “This event at Leeds Libraries as part of the Leeds Lit Fest supports our aim to encourage more children and their families to experience the joy of books, reading and libraries. Our libraries are all free; it’s free to join, free to borrow books and we don’t charge for overdue books.”

To see the full programme of festival events, visit leedslitfest.co.uk 

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