FLY Festival for the fine city

This week Fine Folk had the pleasure of finding out more about the UK’s only Festival of Literature for secondary school students, FLY.  In its third year, the fine city of Norwich plays host to the festival next week and the fact that there are only a few tickets left is telling of its popularity.

Festival Producer, Dr Antoinette Moses, from University of East Anglia tells Fine Folk that, “The festival is a great combination of fun and education. FLY is unique in the number of workshops it offers, so that in addition to having the best UK writers of fiction for Young Adults, there is the chance to enjoy workshops in smaller groups with outstanding teachers of literature and creative writing.”

Authors attending this year’s festival include Michelle Magorian, the bestselling author of Goodnight Mister Tom, Kevin Brooks, cult author of The Bunker Diary and crime writer, Alan Gibbons.

This year FLY presents ‘FLY in the City’, a new addition to the festival. FLY is leaving the University campus for two days and heading to the Castle Museum for the Castle of Ideas – where bestselling authors will present readings and creative writing and literature workshops based on collections at the Castle. The Word Factory will take over Norwich Millennium Library. Budding writers can take part in all kinds of activities and workshops, from writing the fastest story in the East to learning how to create comics.

FLY is clearly a big hit with young people in Norfolk, as all tickets are sold out, with the exception of Thursday’s readings and talks. Dr Moses went on to say, “There is still time to grab a ticket to hear Anthony McGowan, Piers Torday, Steve Cole and Tim Clare – four really outstanding writers. And if you can’t make it next week, check out the FLY blog, which has some great young writers on it.”

FLY started in 2013 and is going from strength to strength. Dr Moses told us “We now have the Inspiring Reading Conference on alternate years, so the next one is 2016. And we are already planning a bumper Festival for next year, so make sure you check out our website.”

For more information about FLY, check out festival programme and blog.




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