Stars from the worlds of TV, music, and radio are among the big names announced for this year’s Morley Literature Festival.
Former Joy Division and New Order member Peter Hook will be at the festival alongside BBC 6 Music presenter Stuart Maconie.
Also taking their places in this year’s line-up are bestselling crime novelist Val McDermid, Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler and ITV royal correspondent Tim Ewart.
The popular festival, which will be taking place at venues across the town from October 6 to 14, will be running over an extended 10-day programme this year.
Now in its seventh year, the festival will also include the Morley Literary Lunch and afternoon tea.
For this year’s event the winner of the 2008 Northern Art Prize, Paul Rooney, will create a new video piece to be screened from an empty shop window in the town centre.
Jenny Harris, director of Morley Literature Festival, said: “Larger festivals can sometimes feel overwhelming but Morley aims to take that relaxed experience of chatting about your favourite book or the memories of your best-loved band over a cuppa with your mates and bring you face-to-face with the authors themselves.
“We feel that because Morley is such a warm and friendly community it makes audiences feel comfortable, engaged and, most of all, inspired by the writers, artists and musicians who come and enjoy the town.”
The festival will begin on Saturday, October 6 with children’s writers Conrad Burdekin and Stephen Waterhouse, acclaimed Scottish writer AL Kennedy speaking at a tie-in event in Waterstones in Leeds and science fiction writers Adam Christopher, Samit Basu and Justina Robson at Morley Town Hall discussing the cross-over between sci-fi and superhero fiction.
The Morley Literary Lunch will take place on Monday, October 8 at the Village Hotel in Tingley and guest speaker will be ITN royal correspondent Tim Ewart.
To see the full programme, go to: www.morleyliteraturefestival.co.uk, or call 0844 8482706.
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