Literature Works presents 'Word on Tour', an Arts Council funded 26-date live literature tour of the region’s libraries, in celebration of South West writing talent.
All three Torbay Libraries will be participating in this tour, starting off with Torquay Library who are excited to be hosting novelist and Observer columnist, Nikesh Shukla on 28th February.
Editor of the highly regarded essay collection, 'The Good Immigrant', Nikesh is the author of 'Coconut Unlimited' and 'Meatspace'. His third novel, 'The One Who Wrote Destiny', is due out in April 2018.
All 'Word on Tour' events showcase two writers and Nikesh will be joined by well-loved Devon funny man, poet, Matt Harvey ‘enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting’.
Travelling along the coast, Paignton Library will host folk musician Jim Causley and novelist Jane Feaver on Wednesday, 14th March. The pair kicked off the Tour back in January at Bideford Library and Paignton Library are delighted to showcase them again in South Devon. Jim will play his settings to the work of Cornish poet Charles Causley and Jane will read from her novel, 'An Inventory of Heaven'. Together they will discuss the influence of place on their work and the rural life, offering an intimate and thought- provoking evening.
Finally for Torbay, a fun night is to be had at Brixham Library where Matt Harvey is joined by a fellow performance poet on 21st March. Matt’s gently nuanced and clever observational wit is balanced with the powerhouse of deliciously funny Scottish vitriol and venting that is Elvis McGonagall. Both delight in flipping language on its back and seeing where it lands. This promises to be a wonderfully wordy treat.
'Word on Tour' likes a bit of theatre and, in celebration of the shared communal space that libraries provide, they are inviting audience members to offer a sentence on why libraries matter to them. Written on local postcards, these are touring with the project in the 'Index Box of Audience Words', creating a valuable archive for the future.
The needle points north as the Tour sets off to Barnstaple on 22nd March, where Petroc FE College showcases performance poets and multi-talented writers, Byron Vincent and Jonny Fluffypunk, both of whom are also touring their own theatre shows and involved in numerous writing projects.
This will be the last of the Devon events before the tour sets sail across the sea to the Scilly Isles, taking with it Devon writer, Miriam Darlington to discuss her latest book,' Owl Sense' and Bristol writer, bird lover and radio producer, Tim Dee.
Helen Chaloner, CEO of Literature Works says: “Word on Tour is about bringing the region’s writing and performance talent to the door of local communities... We hope audiences will embrace these fun, celebratory performances.”
'Word on Tour' is funded by the Arts Council, in collaboration with South West Regional Library
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