King's Lynn Fiction Festival

Amy GrayIt is a special year for the King's Lynn Fiction Festival, which will be celebrating its 21st birthday.The line-up has been announced for the three-day festival, including international poets, writers and journalists who have received critical acclaim.Amy Gray

It is a special year for the King's Lynn Fiction Festival, which will be celebrating its 21st birthday.

The line-up has been announced for the three-day festival, including international poets, writers and journalists who have received critical acclaim.

The festival starts on Friday, March 13, and ends on March 15.

This year's guests are Beryl Bainbridge, Christopher Bigsby, Anthony Grey, Sophie Hannah, Rachel Hore, Mark Illis, Penelope Lively, DJ Taylor, Jill Paton Walsh and Tessa West.

Organiser Tony Ellis said: "We are fortunate that most of our writers are able to stay and join in with the activities, making it an event with a lively atmosphere."

The first event is at 7.30pm on the Friday with a talk about the detective novel, and on Saturday morning DJ Taylor, who lives in Norwich, will lead a discussion called Does Literature Civilise, Educate, or Neither?

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Among other events is Booker Prize winner Penelope Lively reading from her work and twice Whitbread Prize winner Beryl Bainbridge giving a talk about the historical novel. This is followed on Sunday afternoon by Desert Island Novels, where each writer picks their top six novels.

The festival is at the Town Hall and each event costs �8.50, or �37.50 for the weekend. Call Tony Ellis on 01553 691661 to book, or visit www.lynnlitfests.com for details. Tickets can be bought at the door.