Grimsby Literature Festival 2013

Grimsby Literature Festival 2013

Taking place during the month of October, the festival places regional writers at the heart of the programme, offering the opportunity for the public to discover and enjoy their work.

We also welcome a special guest, one of Britain’s best loved poets, John Hegley, who will be performing his work for both adults and children.

The festival is launched in style as 72 volunteers read the ‘great work’ of Samuel Taylor Coleridge – poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – in a live relay on National Poetry Day. The poem starts at the top of Grimsby Dock Tower, by megaphone and will ‘travel around’ the region concluding by the Fisherman’s Memorial statue in St James’ Square.

Following on from this are open mic events, writers’ workshops and talks, national touring theatre productions and exciting half-term children’s events.

We hope you enjoy the festival!

Thursday 3 October
The Great Grimsby Poetry Relay
Various Locations
72 volunteers including the general public, business people and students will be taking part in this one-off, live participation event.
Each participant will read a section of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous sea-faring poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner at locations around North East Lincolnshire, starting in style by megaphone atop Grimsby Dock Tower.
The poem will travel around the region with readers placed at locations such as Grimsby Fish Market, The Humber Bridge and the River Freshney – all relating to National Poetry Day’s theme of water while paying homage to Grimsby’s maritime history.
The Rime will conclude at the Fisherman’s Memorial statue in St James’ Square with the final passage being read by Anthony Suter, a professional poet from Grimsby, now living in France. Local musician John Conolly will finish the event with his new song Joe Pearson, about the life of an ordinary fisherman.

Throughout October
Poets in Public Places
Various Locations
As this year’s National Poetry Day theme is “water” poets from the region will become poets in residence for the month, choosing locations around the county to inspire new work. Regular postings will appear on and the results of their work will be performed on Sunday 27 October at Abbey Walk Gallery.

Thursday 3 October 2pm – 4pm
Pop up Poetry
Petit Delight

Join Anthony Suter, Allen Prowle and guests at this Cleethorpes brasserie, for an afternoon of pop up poetry with your patisserie. Expect a poetic surprise from the chef too!
About Anthony Suter – Originally from Grimsby but now living in France, Antony is returning to the area to take part in the festival. As well as completing the poetry relay he will be visiting Franklin College to work with students before performing at Petit Delight.
A former pupil of Saint James and Wintringham schools, Anthony is the author of several translations between English and French and has published four poetry collections.
One of his collections, When You Get to “G.Y.” (Redbeck Press, Bradford, 2004), is an evocation of his childhood in Grimsby.

Thursday 3 October 7pm
Poetic Jazzness
With The Shannon Reilly Trio + guests
Petit Venue
Resident jazz trio and a customer favourite The Shannon Reilly Trio are joined by Antony Suter and Jo Gray for an alternative evening of live jazz and poetry.

Thursday 10 October 10am – 3pm
People’s Park Activity Day
People Park
Celebrating World Mental Health Day
Join Driftnet Poets and guests as they perform in the Floral Hall as part of a wider programme. Includes an open mic session so why not come along and share your words? During the day, visitors can find out about things to do in the local area.

Thursday 10 October 7.30 pm
Poetry Open Mic
With Rob Etty & Kathy Daszkiewicz
Nunsthorpe Library
Come along and share your words.

Saturday 12 October 7.30 pm
Fusion Youth Theatre presents…
Oasis Academy Wintringham
A brand new play by Grimsby writer Josie-Anne Gray, based on the Japanese myth of the heroine Tokoyo and how Tokyo got its name.
Suitable for ages 8 and above
£5/£4 • Family Ticket £15
Book by calling or email
07884 308992

Monday 14 October 10.30am – 2.30pm
Grimsby Writers’ workshop
New members welcome
Grimsby Writers continue their workshop programme covering “writing principles”.
Age 16+. Call Ron Geddes for confirmation of venue 01472 509758 or email for further information.

Thursday 17 October 7.30 pm
Poetry Open Mic
With Allen Prowle & Rennie Parker
Nunsthorpe Library
Come along and share your words.

Friday 18th October 12.30 -1.30
Writers Q & A
Grimsby Minster
Nick Triplow presents the dos and don’ts and common pitfalls of the publishing process plus Q and A for writers considering submitting manuscripts to agents and publishers. Nick’s extensive experience as a writer, editor and literary consultant makes this event a must for writers aiming to publish their work.
Entry £3

Saturday 19 October 12.30pm – 3pm.
Nunsthorpe Poetry Group
Nunsthorpe Library
A discussion group for readers and writers, which invites anyone to come along with a poem to read and share with the group. The group is friendly and informal, but with an emphasis on critical discussion.
18+ Call 01472 323636 for further information.

Sunday 20 October 1pm – 2pm
Landscapes of Life with Simon Naylor
Café in the Park (Peoples Park)
Join Simon Naylor for words and songs inspired by the Lincolnshire landscape.
Simon has produced two volumes of poetry – both about his love of wildlife, and a series of children’s books, Earthwood that portray the beauty and wonder of the natural world.
His most recent work, a solo album titled Wide Lincolnshire Skies is due for release on CD later this year.
Lincolnshire sausage in giant Yorkshire pudding with mash, peas and gravy available for £3, served between 12pm and 2.30pm(café open 10am – 3.30pm).

Saturday 19 October 8pm
Merlin’s Keep
with special guest Wendy Arrowsmith
Petit Venue
Enjoy the best in contemporary folk music from Merlin’s Keep and Yorkshire based guest singer-song writer Wendy Arrowsmith, who has recently released her third album Love, Life and Chocolate.
“…commanding singing voice and consistently strong writing. ”
fROOTS magazine

22 – 26 October Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Sat 2.30pm
The Mousetrap
Grimsby Auditorium
A classic. A landmark. A legend.
The Mousetrap is famous around the world as being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre with over 25,000 performances, it’s a play to be proud of. And to celebrate 60 incredible years on stage, it’s going on tour for the first time, to give you a once in a life-time opportunity to see this masterpiece at Grimsby Auditorium.
In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.
Tickets: £10 – £38. Tel. 0844 871 3016
‘Deservedly a classic among murder thrillers’ The Observer

Wednesdays 23 & 30 October and 6 & 13 November 6pm – 8pm
The Story Lab – creative writing course
with Nick Triplow
Petit Venue
The Story Lab takes place over four Wednesdays, with a focus on story-telling in the context of short story, flash fiction, novel, radio, film and TV.
A range of skills for writing fiction and script will be explored with participants encouraged to reflect on their own story-telling technique. Writers will gain a deeper understanding of what makes a successful story, how to make the most of their ability and also troubleshoot inevitable barriers to finishing projects.
Open to new and experienced writers.
£24 for four sessions
Booking essential – or call 07962063872
About Nick Triplow
Nick’s debut crime novel Frank’s Wild Years was published last year on Caffeine Nights

Wednesday 23 October 8.00 pm
New and Selected Potatoes
Petit Venue
Join poet, comic, singer, song-writer and glasses-wearer, John Hegley as he performs and reads from his new book – a greatest hits, best of golden oldies compilation with some new stuff thrown in.
‘Comedy’s poet laureate’ (Independent) has captivated audiences all over the country, in theatres and festivals and with numerous television appearances.
This new compilation shows the breadth of his appeal, with seriously funny, cleverly comic poems on everything from love, family, France, art and the sea to dogs, dads, gods, taxidermy, carrots,
spectacles and – of course – potatoes.
‘Fabulously funny’ – Time Out.
£8 – advance booking only, call Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre on 01472 323111 or book on-line at

Thursday 24 October 7.30pm
Breakwater Theatre presents…
Chills and Thrills
Musika Night Club
Breakwater Theatre invites you to an alternative Halloween celebration – start by watching some thrilling new writing in the form of six short plays written around a Halloween theme. Afterwards, stay and party the night away with a disco and light buffet. Fancy Dress encouraged, with a prize for the best Halloween costume.
Breakwater Theatre is a new project devised by Andy Evans and Sara Beasley to promote the performance of new writing for the stage in North East Lincolnshire.
£5 – for advance bookings call 07928 104257 or buy on the door. See more at

Friday 25 October 12pm – 1pm
Local Life – lunchtime stories for adults
Grimsby Minster Community Room
Presenting four brand new works of up to fifteen minutes in length, from emerging writers working in the region. The new pieces of work have been commissioned for the festival and will include spoken word, story-telling and drama, based on the theme of “local life”.
Food available for purchase from Minster cafe prior to event start.

Friday 25 October 7.30pm
Festival Cabaret
Kiki Lovechild presents
The Weatherman
Plus special guest
Oasis Academy Wintringham
Following a 5 star run at the Brighton Fringe, Kiki Lovechild brings his solo show to Grimsby.
How would you pass time in purgatory? When he is given a banal job in the afterlife, silent clown Kiki Lovechild tries to amuse himself throughout eternity by creating new worlds from his imagination.

Featuring physical comedy, mime and illusion from the clown who makes it rain from his fingertips. A regular face on the burlesque and cabaret circuit, Kiki has introduced an entirely new side to this “endearing … funny” and “fantastically inventive” clown.
Tickets: £8 – call Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre on 01472 323111 or book on-line at
**Bar Available**

Sunday 27 October 2pm – 4pm
Poets in Places showcase
Abbey Walk Gallery
Following their month-long poetry residencies at locations around North East Lincolnshire, regional poets along with selected artists will informally share the results of their work, and you’re invited. Young emerging poets from the region will also read their original writing.

Monday 28 October 10.30am – 2.30pm
Grimsby Writers’ workshop
New members welcome
Grimsby Writers continue their workshop programme covering “writing principles”.
Age 16+. Call Ron Geddes for confirmation of venue 01472 509758 or email for further information.

Tuesday 29 October 7.30pm
Writing Friends with Kerry Drewery and Rebecca Mascull
Cleethorpes Library
Writing can be a lonely business and every writer needs another writer friend; through the ups and downs of rejections from readers, competitions, agents and publishers, to the balancing act of family life, earning money and trying to write the next novel.
Kerry and Rebecca met at Grimsby College a decade ago and have been friends ever since, sharing the trials and tribulations of their developing writing careers.
Now both published authors, this event will see Kerry and Rebecca read extracts from their work, answer questions from the audience and discuss the writing process, the road to publication and the support they offer each other as fellow writers.
Kerry’s first novel A Brighter Fear, about a young Iraqi girl trying to survive through the war, was published by HarperCollins (2012), and was shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards. Her follow-up, A Dream of Lights (2013), is the story of a teenager trying to survive the harsh reality of life in North Korea.
Rebecca’s first novel, The Visitors, is being published in January 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton. It is about a deaf-blind girl in late Victorian England, her friendship with her teacher and the mysterious Visitors. It has been described as ‘a heart-breaking love story and a compelling ghost story’.
For more information about Kerry Drewery visit
For more information about Rebecca Mascull visit
You can also find both writers at
Books are available at: &


Monday 21 October – Friday 25 October
The Story Cauldron
North East Lincolnshire Council Libraries present spooky games and a creepy craft to create a story around the cauldron. Children are welcome to come dressed in their Halloween best. The event is suitable for children aged 5 and above and their families or carers. Places must be booked in advance either in person or by phone at the library where the event is being held. Booking starts on Monday 30th September. The cost is £1 per child payable on the day.

Mon 21st Oct 10:30-11:30 Waltham Library, High Street, Waltham, Grimsby, DN37 0LL (01472 323656)
Mon 21st Oct 2:30-3:30 Humberston Library, Church Avenue, Humberston, DN36 4HZ (01472 323682)
Tue 22nd Oct 10:30-11:30 Grant Thorold Library, Durban Road, DN32 8BX (01472 323631)
Tue 22nd Oct 2:30-3:30 Scartho Library, St Giles Avenue, Scartho, DN33 2HB (01472 323638)
Wed 23rd Oct 10:30-11:30 Immingham Library, Pelham Road, Immingham, DN40 1QF (01469 516050)
Wed 23rd Oct 2:30-3:30 Laceby Library, Cooper Lane, DN37 7AX (01472 323684)
Thu 24th Oct 10:30-11:30 Willows Library, Binbrook Way, DN37 9AS (01472 323679)
Thu 24th Oct 2:30-3:30 Nunsthorpe Library, The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, Nunsthorpe Community Campus, Sutcliffe Avenue, Grimsby, DN33 1AW (01472 323636)
Fri 25th Oct 10:30-11:30 Cleethorpes Library, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LG (01472 323650)

Tuesday 22 October 10.30am – 2.30pm
Family Fun Day
Grimsby Minster
Come along and take part in a whole host of healthy activities, games and competitions as well as a treasure trail and arts and crafts. Garlic Theatre presents Old Mother Hubbard as part of the day at 11am and 1pm. Children and adults alike will delight at this fresh and funny adaptation, featuring glove puppets, clowning and a feast of musical treats.