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17th August 2019 to 18th August 2019

Tidelines Literary Festival

Tidelines Literary Festival is a first in Grange-over-Sands, taking place 17th & 18th August 2019 on The Esplanade, where the world of words will be celebrated. We have an exciting line-up, where there will be activities for all ages and families can enjoy the day looking out at our unique, picturesque view of Morecambe Bay. On the Saturday 17th August, the day will begin with activities for families, from a Flamingo Fiesta celebrating 20 years of Usborne's 'That's Not My' books where we invite families to create their own flamingo art to add to our party atmosphere, you'll be hopping on one leg and turning pink with excitement! For 7-11 year olds we will have a Moon Base poetry competition commemorating 50 years since the moon landing. Tidelines will even have a renowned space consultant, Stuart Atkinson who will be bringing a REAL piece of the moon. Throughout the day there will be a hubbub of activities from intricate paper crafts with artist Penny Hillier Evans, giant crosswords, Typewriter Busking, 'Make Your Mark' Loesje poster workshops for teenagers and a Living Library of interesting people sharing their life stories in a 1-1 session. On the main stage, Matt Sowerby, an award-winning young poet, will perform his debut show 'Kidz Theez Dayz' in anticipation of his slot at Greenbelt, where he will talk passionately about the negative effects of climate change and the strength of 'generation Z'. Local author Katie Hale will be promoting her book, 'My Name is Monster' with a Q&A session to follow. The evening will begin with a spoken word, open mic slot where budding writers are welcomed to take to the stage and share their words proceeded by a Short Story Slam led by Garry Cook, where we are still looking for potential novelists to sign up for the 200 word competition. Our headline act on Saturday evening is the comedic Kate Fox, performing “Where there’s Muck, There’s Bras” a hilarious and thought-provoking show which sees stand-up poet Kate Fox and actor Joanna Holden explore the Northern women you’ve heard of (and the ones you haven’t). This funny performance lecture uncovers the hidden history of the writers, scientists, sportswomen, politicians, protestors, musicians and other heroines who make up a far more diverse North than we usually see. On the Sunday 18th, Linda Hampton a renowned children’s story teller will transport young ones into a fantasy world of words and the Living Library will continue throughout the day. In the evening comedian Tony Vino will entertain, followed by a Gospel choir from London to close our festival. Of course there will be much more happening at Tidelines Literary Festival from book stalls, refreshments, a poetry takeaway, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Morecambe Bay Partnership Oral Histories collection. We hope to see as many of you attend our FREE literary festival, please register for your tickets on Eventbrite and if you would like to be involved in the Spoken Word, Short Story Slam, Living Library or have any ideas or queries please email tidelines@thornleigh.org
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