in partnership with Hot Air Festival, Staffordshire University senior lecturer, Catherine Burgass, discusses Stoke’s most famous literary son, Arnold Bennett, whose ‘Five Towns’ novels both glorify and demonise the Potteries.
Anna of the Five Towns, for example, describes in lurid detail the conditions of pottery manufacture, as well as painting vivid pictures of Stoke’s industrial landscape. Catherine Burgass’s talk also focuses on other writers from the area who have taken their inspiration from Stoke’s industrial setting.
Event location: Emma Bridgwater Factory, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
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.
Stewart Collins, Festival Director, has extensive knowledge and experience managing other well known literary festivals including Henley & Petworth.
Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival would not be possible without its supporters and sponsors so a large thank you to all of those involved.