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Friday, 25 April 2014

Students go free at Words by the Water

COMIC: Shappi Khorsandi

 Students have the opportunity to see some of the intriguing events at this year’s Words by the Water ‘festival of words and ideas’ for free.

The festival features prestigious writers, comedians, and broadcasters from across the country discussing their latest works, and other topics close to their hearts and 17-25 year olds can apply for free tickets at this year’s festival.

It takes place at the picturesque Theatre by the Lake in Keswick from the 2nd to the 11th of March with talks, lectures, discussions, workshops, book launches and special exhibitions.

Festival organiser Bryony Tilsley explained the free-youth-tickets concept: “The festival is a great event to be a part of, but we realise that most young people can’t really afford to see lots of events so offering tickets for free is the best way to tackle that problem.”

“It’s really important to give young people the opportunity to be involved with the festival. We want to encourage them to try something new.”

“For anyone interested in literature there’s a lot on offer. There are some brilliant events about Charles Dickens, which I think will transform the way you read his books.”

“We have Marina Lewycka, Helen Dunmore, Margaret Drabble and Sarah Hall, who are all award-winning writers and to hear them speak about their work is really inspiring. We also have Annabel Pitcher talking about her first novel, so she talks about writing with a different perspective.”

Award winning comedians Shappi Khorsandi and Josie Long will be at the festival too and it’s a brilliant opportunity to see them. Their styles are very different and they both have a very different way of viewing the world.

Carlisle born Radio 4 presenter Roger Bolton will also be attending the event. He said: “I’m here to find things out as well; about why things have happened. I want to make sure the audience get their say as well because it’s very frustrating when the audience questions don’t get answered.”

To obtain free tickets email Alice Ling at alice.ling@wayswithwords.co.uk


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