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Source: City of Sunderland

The jam packed programme of events which is on throughout 1 October, has everything from sessions from award winning authors to Viking folklore, local talent and Halloween craft activities for children.

Crime fiction devotees can look forward to multi award winning author Mari Hannah, author of the Stone and Oliver crime series, the Ryan and O’Neil series and the DCI Kate Daniels series.

Sunday Times best selling author Amanda Revell Walton of ‘The Shipyard Girls’ series, who writes under the pen name Nancy Revell, will be talking about her novels and her career as a writer.

County Durham non-fiction author Jane Guildford Lowes, whose debut novel ‘The Horsekeeper’s Daughter was published in 2017, with a second book ‘Above Us The Stars’ due for publication later this year, will be passing on practical advice and tips for all would be authors.

There are also sessions on why telling stories is good for you, a look at what old Wearside ballads tell us about the folk history of Sunderland and another chance to see the fabulous Lonely Tower documentary ‘Passion for Vaux – Sunderland’s Lost Brewery’.

Councillor John Kelly, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture at Sunderland City Council, said: “Libraries always do a fantastic job in pulling together a really interesting programme for the Sunderland Literature Festival.

“What’s really great about this year’s festival is that we have such a wide range of themes and events on offer with something for everyone. The majority of the events are free so I’d urge everyone to have a look through the programme to see what they’re interested in and to come along and join in or try something different.”

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You can also pick up a copy of the programme from Sunderland City Library, Washington Town Centre Library or Houghton Library.

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