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Debut Authors Festival


Just received an e-mail with the programme for this year’s Debut Authors Festival at the Traverse Theatre, 2nd to 4th June. Last year, there was a single event dedicated to poetry, with Matthew Hollis, Jacob Polley and Choman Hardi, chaired by Don Paterson; this year, the sole poet on the bill is Helen Farish, appearing with two novelists in an event about landscape and home.

From where I sit, it has a look of tokenism towards poetry about it, which I find thoroughly annoying. Nonetheless, the festival is a good idea and the events look interesting, useful and stimulating. I’ll definitely get along to some of it.

(Note: the 2006 programme isn’t on the Debut Authors Festival website at time of posting, but I expect it’ll be uploaded soon.)

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