Literature will come to life over the next few weeks in Breckland as the district launches its Book Festival with a month of literary and creative events.

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Breckland Council, in conjunction with Creative Arts East, have drawn up a wide ranging programme of events including author talks and readings from the likes of renowned poet Simon Armitage, 2012 Booker Prize shortlisted author Alison Moore, crime writers Elly Griffiths and Tom Benn and children’s authors Sheridan Winn and Tom Blofield, creator of the magical ‘Bewilderwood’.

Creative writing workshops for adults, art workshops for children and a whole host of film screenings are on offer throughout the month. The festival is full of fascinating events and there truly is something for everyone.

The Festival launches tomorrow at Dereham Library with an exciting performance by Scary Little Girls, a vibrant, hard-working production company run by Artistic Directors Rebecca Mordan and Sharon Andrew, who have a commitment and passion for theatrical and artistic storytelling.

Their specially created show ‘Story Smiths’ takes its inspiration from the Norfolk Library Service’s campaign Great Big Read Goes to the Movies which also launches tomorrow evening.

This campaign, aimed at getting more adults back into reading, uses 10 books that have been adapted to the big screen and encourages people to read them and also to read them at the same time as others and then discuss them to fully appreciate the sociable side of reading.

Scary Little Girls take the 10 book-to-screen adaptations and uses music to bring them to life.

Councillor Lynda Turner, executive member for communities, localism and environmental services, said; “There’s a real buzz about this year’s Book Festival. I hope all who come enjoy themselves learn something new and go away laden with books and new ideas for reading, inspired by our terrific authors.

“We are proud to support our local libraries.”

Earlier in the day tomorrow a “Human Library” comes to Dereham where readers are given the opportunity to “loan” a human book from a selection of titles then sit and engage in conversation with their book. The aim is to challenge the reader’s ideas and prejudices by showing them a new perspective on another person’s life. It is open from 12.30pm to 5pm at Dereham Library - it is a free event and there is no need to book.

Children’s Picture Book author Ella Burfoot will be giving a sneak preview of her next book ‘Recipe for a Story’ at Dereham Library on Saturday at 11am. Ella describes her new work ‘Recipe for a Story’ as being about “cooking up books and concocting stories. It is a quirky adventure through a culinary backdrop, with a fairy tale vibe.”

Local author Andrew Cowan will read from his new novel Worthless Men at Dereham Library on Saturday at 2.30pm. The book is set in Norwich at the time of the Great War. Tickets to this event cost £5 in advance, £6 on the door.

* The launch of this year’s festival will be held tomorrow at Dereham Library at 7pm. Tickets for the launch performance are available and cost £7 in advance or £8 on the door.

* For information about all the other events running in the district, programmes and bookmarks are available at each town library and tourist information centre. Each library has a box office facility and tickets can also be purchased online via www.brecklandbookfestival.com

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