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First Mellor Literary Festival gets underway

Matthew Corrigan

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Friends of Mellor Primary School Tracey Corderoy Mellor Literary Festival James Christie

Adding another string to the bow of literature-themed events taking place across the area this summer, the Friends of Mellor Primary School are holding their own day of events on Saturday June 30. Multi award-winning children's author Tracey Corderoy (creator of the Shifty McGifty series of books) will attend, as will James Christie, writer of the acclaimed Dear Miss Landau. They will be accompanied by as many as fourteen local authors, producers of work across a wide range of genres.

The organisers are very keen to involve the wider community and will be encouraging participation on the day. As well as readings, presentations and book signings there will be a number of workshops for both adults and children.

Phil Page will present two sessions for adults interested in writing. The first will explain the process of self-publishing, with the second looking at ways to overcome a hurdle that is all too well understood by writers everywhere – actually getting started.

Mellor Literary Festival

'Finding Stories In Art' will be the title of Carol Page's workshop for 8-11 year-olds, encouraging them to consider what stories might be hidden inside a painting. She will also be running 'Inside The Frame' for over 16s, in which it is hoped everyone will leave with the beginnings of a story of their own.

Poynton's Margaret Holbrook will hold a general workshop for adults with an opportunity for participants to read out their own work. Margaret is a prolific writer whose excellent collection of short stories, Picking The Bones, was featured in the Marple Review back in 2016.

Josey Taylor, Head of English at Manchester High School for Girls,will host 'Message In A Bottle', a poetry workshop for juniors year 3+.

Also confirmed is Nicola Hulme, Bredbury-based author of the well-loved Portia The Pear book. Nicola will be giving ten minute sessions on writing for the reception/year 1 age group.

A range of activities will support the event, including “Poe-tree”, Mellor's longest story and a fancy dress competition to be judged by Tracey Corderoy. There will be a book trail, storytelling tent, craft tent and, of course, a book swap and sale. Food and drinks will be available throughout the day.

The organisers have also confirmed a late (as usual) entry – me. I've just finished writing my second novel and am in the process of trying to find a publisher. I will be reading from my first book, OSPREY, which was published a while ago and comes recommended by discerning canine fiction fan, Ralf (as seen in the photo).

More events will be confirmed in the lead-up, with details appearing on their website: