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Literary festival launched in West Kirby

By Emma Gunby at

A new literary festival will take place in West Kirby this summer.

The event, which will take place from June 3-9, is a collaboration between The Wro’s Wro Readers Book Club, in West Kirby and Linghams Bookshop, in Heswall.

The festival will see several major authors visit the peninsular along with a packed programme, literary themed events and a special guest appearance from ‘literary royalty’.

Back: Paula Brown – The Wro & Jane Godman – Local Author. Front: Sally Boyd – Owner of The Wro, Angela Cross – Wro Readers Book Club. Maeve Jackson – Wro Readers Book Club

Sally Boyd, who owns The Wro, in West Kirby, said: “Our Book Club has gone from strength to strength over the years and as we are just about to read our 100th book we decided we would like to do something to mark the achievement.

“We mentioned our initial idea to host a small literary festival to Sue Porter the owner of Linghams and she was so enthusiastic. She has done amazing things at Linghams so it seemed to make sense to join forces and plan something more substantial.”

Since then the festival has grown to incorporate visits from over fifteen authors, dozens of fringe events and a major family gathering on the Sunday.

Sue Porter, of Linghams Bookshop, said: “When I heard about the Book Club’s plans I just had to get involved.

“Through our networks at Linghams I’m lucky enough to have access to some really inspirational authors. Once we started making enquiries the programme has grown to become a really impressive gathering.”

Although full details of the festival are still to be released the team said that there will be ‘something for the whole family with most genres covered and few surprise guests along the way.’

Alongside the festival, which is sponsored by West Kirby based Aesthetic Specialists SDS Rejuvenate, the team has launched a Short Story Competition for schools and adult writers.

Full details about the festival, competition and all associate events can be accessed online at:. www.westkirbylitfestival.co.uk