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Cheltenham Here We Come!


Greenbelt 2011 logoDon’t let that post title worry you: I’m not revealing a previously undisclosed predeliction for the gee-gees. Au contraire, I’m just excited to be appearing at this year’s Greenbelt festival, which is based at Cheltenham racecourse.

For those of you unfamiliar with Greenbelt, it describes itself as a festival “where faith, arts and justice collide”, which is a pretty good description. To put a bit more flesh on those far-from-dry bones, it is, as the website says:

firmly rooted within a Christian tradition which is world-affirming, politically and culturally engaged. Ours is a belief that embraces instead of excludes.

As such, it’s a great fit for me. I’ll be doing a workshop and a reading. More details to follow in due course.

Here’s what GB have announced so far about the literature line-up:

Stella Duffy is an author, playwright, performer and improviser, and has written novels including The Room of Lost Things, and her Saz Martin series of crime novels. Adrian Plass is a master at illustrating the amusing and ridiculous aspects of life as a Christian, and community poet Padraig O Tuama returns to Greenbelt with more lyrical insight. There’s a great array of novelists speaking about their work: Richard Beard, Mia Gallagher, Amy Sackville, Jari Moate, Nancy Matson, and RS Downie. There are also sessions from poets Kenneth C Steven, Andrew Philip, and European Poetry Slam champion Harry Baker. Plus short stories with Deborah Fielding, Andrew Tate on creative writing, poet and human rights lawyer Francis Khoo, discussions around this year’s Big Read – Exile by Richard North Patterson – and Nicky Getgood, journalist, blogger and Digbeth enthusiast.

For the rest of the line-up — including a storming music bill, talks galore, visual arts, film, performing arts, comedy and worship — keep an eye on the Greenbelt blog (how did we go about this stuff before blogs?). Hope to see some of you there!


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