Philip Pullman Signs Up For Coventry Book Festival

Coventry Telegraph, 8th June 2012

BEST-SELLING author Philip Pullman will be heading to Coventry for the city’s first book festival.

The top writer will be among the guests at the festival’s Book Awards to collect a trophy for his novel Northern Lights.

Joy Court, one of the organisers of Literally… Coventry Book Festival, said: “He does very few events these days so it is a great honour for Coventry.”

The week-long festival begins on Monday and includes events at schools for city schoolchildren and their parents as well as family events across the city. Happy Days actor Henry Winkler is among the stars appearing alongside local, national and international writers.

Booker Prize list nominee Gaynor Arnold, Coventry-born author Cathy Cassidy, former agony aunt for teen magazine Shout, award-winning writer Anthony McGowan, former Coventry Telegraph writer Ann Evans and American fantasy author Maggie Stiefvater are part of the festival line-up.

The festival is the brainchild of St Osburg’s primary head teacher Tracey McGreever and author events, special screenings of The Hunger Games and Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists, panel discussions, storytelling and inter-school book quizzes.

The Alien Invaders Come to Town launches the festival on Monday. Author Max Silver, with help from Dave Sinden, Guy MacDonald and Matt Morgan, will be saving Coventry from attack at Sidney Stringer Academy Theatre at 4.30pm.

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