The second annual Burnley Literary Festival took place in October 2017 and it was a brilliant event. 59 sessions, across 13 town centre venues, over 4 days. Over 1100 people attended and had an amazing time. Check out our programme of events to see what you missed! In the gallery section you’ll find great photos of the events. Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved with the event next year, and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!
On Sunday 8th October Winston H Plowes and his Spoke~n~Word mobile poetry generating bicycle were in Market Square. With the help of participants generating words by spinning the bicycle wheel, Winston created a poem for Burnley:
Burnley is a popping candy audio,
a ride through the whispering fields
of fifty shades of green wheat.
Cresting the brow of Manchester Road
Burnley is colourful, Burnley is loud
Listen to the truth.
Burnley is a surprise party of pugs,
the entertainer in red, white and blue
a hive of busy bees at a festival of light
people laughing at the sights.
A Disneyland with friends
Burnley is a circus in the sky
Celebrate the truth.
Burnley is a world of shoes,
a crazy costume for Halloween.
It’s a long black pinafore
with three stars on each sleeve
Burnley is Pretty
Dress for the truth.
Burnley is a portrait of cats and pigeons,
a town held firm between two lions
the tower of Babel on canvas.
A beautiful painting of long black hair
Burnley is a purple sky on a unique night
Look for the truth.
Burnley has dark hair and brown eyes,
people with foot long smiles
that make other people happy.
Burnley is the knot of a tent that puts itself up
Be true to yourself.
List of Contributors –
Amy, Burnley | Annie, Huncoat | Anon | Carrie & Janet, Burnley | Charlie & Ellie, Burnley | Eddie | Edward, Burnley | Greg Dunn, Burnley | Jeff, Bob & Kevin, Burnley | Kirsten, Burnley | Leanne Ashworth, Burnley | Lucy, Colne | Phil & Anna, Burnley | Sophie, Blackburn | Stephanie, Burnley | Thomas & Logan, Burnley | Valerija, Latvia
We were really pleased to receive so many high standard entries to the competition.
Our Judging Panel thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every entry and were really impressed with the thought and creativity put into what is a challenging format. Key things the Judges were looking for were emotional impact; overarching narrative or plot; and an interesting and engaging story.
The winner of each category will receive books to the value of £100 and the opportunity to read their story out live on BBC Radio Lancashire.
The winners for each category are as follows:-
WINNER – ‘Love’ by Christine Frost of Mereclough in Cliviger, Burnley
HIGHLY COMMENDED – ‘Total Eclipse’ by Edward Johnson of Burnley
WINNER – ‘A Guilty Secret’, by Steve Rose of Lancaster
HIGHLY COMMENDED – ‘Lucky Devils’ by Mary Hartley of Cliviger, Burnley
WINNER – ‘I waited’ by Mary Hartley of Cliviger, Burnley
Congratulations to our winners and those who were highly commended!
Thank you to Sarah Crossley of Burnley College for her skill and expertise in delivering the Flash Fiction workshops during the Festival and the competition.
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