Award-winning young adult fiction author Melvin Burgess opens proceedings at this year’s Lincoln Book Festival as special guest speaker at a free event showcasing new creative writing from people of all ages across the region.
Regarded as one of the best writers of contemporary children’s literature and the ‘godfather’ of young adult fiction, Melvin Burgess won both the Carnegie Medal and The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for his acclaimed but controversial novel Junk (1996). He’s published more than 20 books since his debut, The Cry of the Wolf, almost 30 years ago, including the novelisation of the film Billy Elliott (2001) based on the screenplay by Lee Hall. His books have covered a diverse range of real-world topics, from drug addiction to dementia, with more recent work moving into fantasy, including his latest novel, The Lost Witch (2018).
Melvin will give a guest talk at the Lincoln Book Festival 2019 Launch Party. At the same event, literacy charity First Story will showcase its valuable work in local schools with readings from some of the young writers who have been developing their writing talents in the classroom with support from First Story’s writers-in-residence scheme.
Winners of two creative writing competitions – the Aurora Writing Prize 2019 (with Writing East Midlands and the Society of Authors) and Lincoln Book Festival’s Flash Fiction Competition 2019 – will also be revealed on the evening. There’ll be workshops for young writers and food / refreshments.
The event opens Lincoln Book Festival 2019, which will celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Queen Victoria through a series of Victorian themed events.
The event is free to attend but prior booking is essential.
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