STOKE-ON-TRENT LITERARY FESTIVAL will be the first of its kind in the area with the aim of giving local people the opportunity to find out more about the art and craft of writing and the joys of reading.

The festival in the factory, also known as Hot Air giving a nod to Stoke-on-Trent’s historic background, will be held at the Emma Bridgewater Factory on Lichfield Street on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June 2014.

Over 15 nationally known and local authors will be present during the weekend including names such as Joanna Trollope, David Starkey, Andy McNab, Melvyn Bragg, Lauren Child and Emma Bridgewater.  Each author event will give festival goers the opportunity to enter into the debate and question the experts in their own fields.

Festival Trustees include Tristram Hunt MP, Matthew Rice and Emma Bridgewater. Andy McNab is also the festival’s patron.

“By any standards, Andy McNab is a phenomenon. A much decorated former SAS soldier, one of the world’s best selling authors, a much in demand lecturer, and a tireless spokesperson and fundraiser for both military and literacy charities. The founding Patron of the Stoke Literary Festival raises the curtain on the first ever festival talking both about his new novel Fortress but also his passionate advocacy of literacy across the generations.”

Andy McNab Stoke Literary Festival 2014

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