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LITERATURE


Poet of the Year Awards The annual Canterbury Festival Poet of the


Year awards, with performances from this year’s guest judges, poets Maggie Harris and current title-holder Dorothy Fryd, the short- listed writers and musician Richard J. Lewis.


Thursday 7 October The Dominican Priory, St Peter’s Lane 8pm


Tickets £5


Crime Scene Canterbury Calling all writers and sleuths: A murder is announced! Track down a trail of clues around Canterbury to piece together what happened and ‘whodunit’ in a single day. Kent-based novelist David Hewson (author of The Blue Demon, the eighth in his Nic Costa Italian crime series) will set the scene, to be continued by you – locate the clues to plot your story! All is revealed in the evening, with readings and insights from David Hewson and a chance to deliver your version of events. The sleuths are out there!


Sunday 24 October Starting point: The Farmhouse, Dover Street 11.30am


Dénouement: The Farmhouse 4.30pm Admission free


Roger McGough One of Britain’s best-loved poets.


1. Canterbury Laureate Patience Agbabi


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2. Crime Scene Canterbury 3. The Canterbury Slam


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Thursday 21 October Gulbenkian Theatre 7.45pm


The Canterbury Slam It’s poetry – but not as you know it. Welcome


to the world of poetry slam as a bunch of brave bards battle wits in a live performance poetry competition. Invited poets will be taking to the mic to prove to the audience and judges that they have what it takes to be crowned the first ever Canterbury Festival Slam Champion in a high-octane, high-drama, slam-o-rama.


Featuring BBC Radio 4’s poetic comedienne Kate Fox and the vinyl mastery of DJ Moogaloo. Hosted by Canterbury Laureate Patience Agbabi. Brought to you by Apples & Snakes, the UK’s leading organisation for performance poetry and East Kent Live Lit, the network for writers and artists in East Kent. www.applesandsnakes.org www.livelit.co.uk


Saturday 30 October Orange Street Music Club 8pm


Tickets £8


Taxi Tales Canterbury Laureate Patience Agbabi will be in residence at taxi firm CabCo during the Festival, to get the inside knowledge of Canterbury from its cabbies! The residency will inspire new writing, to be shared at www.write-here.net


Write Directions


A series of seminars getting inside various topics relating to writing and publishing today, featuring some of the Festival’s guest writers and other industry professionals. For full details see www.write-here.net


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