Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pub Fiction at Lassfest

Comics! Horror! Sitcoms! Screenwriters! Novelists!

These are just some of the treats at this year's Lassfest, with 100 events over 31 days all in one traditional city centre pub. Manchester’s only one-pub fringe festival, Lassfest is back for the whole of July and with it, a packed programme of Edinburgh previews, music, comedy, drama, cinema, visual arts - and some very special literature and screenwriting events.

Treats in store include VWORP 4 (July 3rd) – the annual Doctor Who convention on featuring appearances from Bob Baker – creator of K9 and writer of several seventies Doctor Who TV scripts, Donald Tosh – 60’s Doctor Who story editor and as Assistant Head of Serials at Granada TV in 1960, was instrumental in the creation of Coronation Street and authors and Doctor Who scripters Ben Aaronovich and Andrew Cartmel. You can also look forward to WARRIORCON (July 2nd) – a celebration of 30 years of the legendary Warrior Magazine, hosted by Dez Skinn and a host of special guests and IDEALCON (July 17th) – a whole day dedicated to BBC3’s cult sitcom Ideal, arranged with the blessing of Baby Cow Productions and with a host of talent from both sides of the camera, including Ideal creator, writer and producer Graham Duff. There’s even the chance to vote on THE SITCOM TRIALS (July 2nd) – a unique writing competition with publically entered sitcom scripts performed script in hand by the Lassfest in-house performers and voted on by the audience and industry professionals.

At the core of Lassfest literary programme, however is PUB FICTION – a week-long series of events connecting authors with their audiences. These sessions are intended as intimate and relaxed opportunities for people to meet some of the North’s best and brightest authors. You’ll be treated to readings, multi-media presentations and Q&A’s in one of Manchester’s cosiest pubs!

Kicking off this unique pub-lit-fest on Monday, July 18th is horror supremo Ramsey Campbell recipient of more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association and the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild.

For more information on this, and the other fringe events you are urged to visit www.lassfest.co.uk.

Lassfest is a dedicated fringe festival aimed at providing low cost, high quality arts and entertainment to the Manchester’s discerning punters. Performances times and ticket costs vary – see http://www.lassfest.co.uk/literature.php for more info. For more information and ticket bookings, visit the event’s official website:www.lassfest.co.uk .