Writ­ers gather at the launch of free fes­ti­val

Hun­dreds are ex­pected to at­tend Oc­to­ber’s event

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

WRIT­ERS, stu­dents, aca­demics and po­lit­i­cal fig­ures gath­ered at Water­stones in Uxbridge for an evening to mark the launch of Hillingdon Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val.

The week­end of free events was marked at a VIP launch ahead of its be­gin­ning in Oc­to­ber and saw au­thors and stu­dents min­gle ahead of the sec­ond an­nual fes­ti­val.

Ex­pected to bring in around 1,500 peo­ple, it is sup­ported by Hillingdon Arts, the Mayor of Hillingdon and Brunel Univer­sity, where per­for­mances will be staged.

An­drew Ward, di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate re­la­tions at Brunel Univer­sity, said: “It is the only free lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val of its stature.”

Pro­fes­sor Phillip Tew, who is recog­nised as a leader in con­tem­po­rary Bri­tish lit­er­a­ture and is the brains be­hind the fes­ti­val’s ori­gins, added: “The fes­ti­val only ex­isted in my brain two years ago.

“I thought maybe [there should be] a lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val in Uxbridge be­cause there’s a plethora of cul­tural am­bi­tion here.”

Along­side the fes­ti­val, a writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion was launched, urg­ing peo­ple to sub­mit work around the theme of writ­ing lo­cal, think­ing global.

Thomas Hull, 21, who stud­ies at Brunel, said: “I had some­thing writ­ten and then adapted it for

The fes­ti­val only ex­isted in my brain two years ago”

the sub­mis­sion.

“All of us who were se­lected from them will have our work pub­lished in an an­thol­ogy.”

Lei Har­lin, 20, who is also a stu­dent, added: “The fes­ti­val looks pretty good – three of them are our tu­tors so it’s quite in­ter­est­ing to see how they’re in­volved.”

Matthias AsieduYe­boa, 21, a fel­low stu­dent, said: “I heard about it and thought why not get in­volved? The en­try was free for the com­pe­ti­tion and it looks like a good line up.”

Those in­vited to the launch were also given a talk on the his­tory of com­mu­ni­ca­tion by Greg Jen­ner, re­searcher for the chil­dren’s Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries col­lec­tion.

The Hillingdon Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val takes place from Oc­to­ber 7 to 9 at Brunel Univer­sity.

n STAR NAME: Greg Jen­ner, a re­searcher for pop­u­lar chil­dren’s books and TV show Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries, ex­plained the his­tory of com­mu­ni­ca­tion

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