Welcome to the third annual Burnley Literary Festival! 4 days of fantastic literary themed sessions at a range of venues across Burnley town centre. From books to broadcasts, comics to characters, movies to monologues, poetry to podcasts, storytelling to street theatre, and writers to workshops… there’s something for everyone in Burnley town centre at this year’s Festival.
This year’s festival focuses on the themes of Women and Wellbeing so look out for lots of interesting sessions relating to one or both themes.
Plus this year we are going BIG! The Festival is going beyond Burnley town centre, and beyond the Festival, with sessions across Burnley and Padiham, and sessions before and after the 4 jam packed days!
See what’s in store and book your place on our brilliant Festival sessions here
Burnley Literary Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Burnley Literary Festival is grateful to it’s sponsorship partner Tesco Burnley and for the support of town centre partners.
Can you write a Killer Thriller?
Crime Fiction Short Story Writing Competition
In association with 2BR & Burnley College
There are two kinds of people who sit around all day thinking about killing people…mystery writers and serial killers. I’m the kind that pays better.” Richard Castle
Crime is now the biggest-selling genre in books. You might enjoy reading it, but can you write a crime fiction story? Are you the next James Patterson or Val McDermid? Now’s your chance to try. We are inviting you to submit a crime fiction short story (max. 500 words) which must include a crime, a location or setting, a criminal, a detective, and a narrative / overarching plot. The best story will be turned into an audiobook by 2BR and uploaded onto iTunes!
Submit your entry (one per person) with a separate cover note containing you name, address, contact number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. or by post to Burnley Literary Festival Crime Fiction Competition, Burnley Council, Parker Lane Offices, Burnley, BB11 2BY. Please mark your entry ‘Burnley Literary Festival Crime Fiction Competition’. Open to anyone aged 16+. Closing date midnight 15th October 2018.
Smart Art Short Film Making Competition
In association with Creative Talent Management we are offering you the opportunity to become a short film maker using just your smartphone or tablet! You must register to take part on Saturday 29 September at Burnley Central Library (see the programme for more details). We would like you to make a short film of Burnley Literary Festival which showcases the sessions, the venues and the town centre. The best film will win an amazing prize and you’ll learn lots of skills and techniques along the way. Introductory seminars are scheduled on Friday 28 Sept to help you on your way and you can receive help with editing from experts in this field. For more information visit facebook.com/SmartArtBurnley/
Children’s Poetry Competition
We are inviting children aged 7 – 16 years to write a short poem of 10 lines or less. It can be any theme, it can be funny or sad, it can tell a story, it can express your views.
There will be two categories – 7 to 10yrs and 11 to 16yrs. The Winner of each category will receive £50 of children’s books.
Submit your entry (one per person) with a separate cover note containing you name, address, contact number and email address to email@example.com or by post to Burnley Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition, Burnley Council, Parker Lane Offices, Burnley, BB11 2BY. Please mark your entry ‘Burnley Literary Festival Children’s Poetry Competition’. Closing date midnight 15th October 2018.
The world’s first random poetry generating bicycle even paid the festival a visit, and with the help of Winston H Plowes participants created a unique 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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