POET Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Charles Dickens’s great-great-grandson are appearing at Frodsham’s first literature festival.
Duffy, a University of Liverpool graduate, will be speaking at Frodsham Community Centre on September 5, while Gerald Dickens will be performing a dramatised version of A Christmas Carol at the Heathercliffe Hotel on September 2.
Festival patron Tim Firth, the Warrington-born writer of Calendar Girls and new film The Wedding Video, is running an afternoon writing workshop for young people aged eight to 12 on September 9.
Tickets have already sold out for some events at the festival, Weaver Words, which runs from August 29 to September 9.
Festival manager Lynn Pegler says: “The response to Frodsham’s first literature festival has been amazing.
“Already two events are sold out and there are very few tickets left for the Poet Laureate.
“Lots of community organisations and schools have got involved and will be running their own events alongside the festival. The support from everyone in the town has been fantastic.”
Also appearing will be Dr Who writer Eddie Robson, who will launch a science fiction-themed weekend on Saturday September 1.
Comic book creator Tim Quinn, who has worked as scriptwriter, editor on everything from Beryl the Peril and Korky the Cat to Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk, will take his audience through 150 years of comic strips in a talk on August 31.
FURTHER details at www.weaverwords. org.uk