Each year Weston Museum plays host to a number of events which provide opportunities for both enthusiasts and families to enjoy a great day out.
Poets and Authors read excerpts from Voices along the Road and another Place.
Voices along the road is an anthology of poetry and flash fiction exploring the experiences of children, refugees and migrants. Another Place is a collection of refugee-themed science fiction by Bristol and Weston-super-Mare authors.
Both books were published in 2017 to raise money for the Alf Dubs Children’s Fund which helps child refugees find safe and legal sanctuary.
The reading is free although donations to the fund will be welcomed on the night and opportunity to purchase the book will be available with all money raised going towards the fund.
Huw Powell is the children’s author of the Spacejackers novels, which have been published by Bloomsbury and W F Howes in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The first Spacejackers novel was Literature Work’s ‘Book of the Month’ and short-listed for Teach Primary’s ‘New Children’s Fiction Award’. His books have been described as Star Wars meets Pirates of the Caribbean, with reviewers calling them “explosive”, “action-packed” and “tremendous fun.” Huw is an active supporter of initiatives that encourage children to read. He lives with his wife and two sons in Portishead.
Huw delivers a fun and engaging event for children aged 7 upwards, which includes an interactive talk about his writing and influences, as well as the importance of books. The event also includes readings from his books, a drawing (using ideas from the children), a mini-quiz and Q&A. There will be an opportunity to purchase books for Huw to sign at the end.
He has been married to Dame Mary Archer, Chairman of the Science Museum Group, for 51 years, and they have two sons, two grandsons, and one granddaughter.
He gained a Blue in Athletics at Oxford, was President of the University Athletics Club, and went on to run the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966. Jeffrey has served five years in the House of Commons and twenty-five years as a Member of the House of Lords.
Jeffrey is also an art collector and amateur auctioneer, conducting around 20 charity auctions a year, which last year raised £3.4m for good causes.
Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over
270 million copies in 97 countries and more than 37 languages. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).
His latest book, TELL TALE, is his seventh collection of short stories, and was published in hardback in November 2017. His 22nd novel, HEADS YOU WIN, will be published in 2018.
Lois was born and brought up in Cambridge, but spent most of her life in Manchester; she now lives in a small Somerset village by the sea. Lois writes full time and has just published her 12th novel through Kindle Direct Publishing. When not writing, she travels, especially to live music events and watches the world go by in her local pub.
Lois Elsden shares her thoughts on writing; the why’s the how’s and the what to do next. You will be thinking about the 6 P’ (plot, people, place, point of view, purpose, and pace) You will tackle a couple of these aspects of writing, concentrating on people and place – characters and settings
Best selling author Damien Boyd is a former solicitor turned crime fiction writer.
Drawing on extensive experience of criminal law as well as a spell in the Crown Prosecution Service, Damien writes fast paced crime thrillers featuring Detective Inspector Nick Dixon of Avon and Somerset Police.
Damien’s debut novel, As the Crow Flies, was released in April 2013 becoming an international Kindle #1 bestseller, with all six sequels reaching the Amazon top ten. Translated into German, French, Italian and Polish, the series has gone on to sell over one million copies.
Lois Elsden explains what blogging is all about; she describes the process, the purpose, its relevance and why it is fun. You will look at the different types of blog with some examples, the different purposes of blogging, style, audience and having a go! You will engage in some practical tasks and explore different ideas any of us could pursue.
Mark is an experienced teacher of Creative Writing. He is also a published author with over 20 short stories published, several poems and he has also had scripts performed. Having run workshops for writers at all levels of development, from absolute beginners to published writers, he now brings his knowledge and expertise to the festival! This exciting workshop will be the perfect way to kick start your writing! Don’t know where to begin? How do you create characters? How do I structure my story opening? Attend this workshop and leave with the tools you need to start putting pen to paper! This fun and informative workshop will put you on the right path to begin your literary project!
As part of Weston-super-Mare’s new Literary Festival, the museum will be hosting a Pirate Party!
Bring your kids in to take part in pirate themed activities and sessions, from crafts to storytelling and the chance to win a prize for the best costume. Timings for activities and details of how to book on to the free activity sessions will be released closer to the date.
We will have a competition to find the best World Book Day costume, so bring your children in after school to show off their outfits and have their picture taken. The pictures will go up on our social media and we will then pick a few favourites for everyone to vote on. The winner and two runners up will win museum goodie bag prizes!