Preview: Literature/Poetry/Film

Simon ParkinOne of the things that sets Latitude apart from other festivals, even Glastonbury, is the emphasis on the written and spoken as much on the sung word.Simon Parkin

One of the things that sets Latitude apart from other festivals, even Glastonbury, is the emphasis on the written and spoken as much on the sung word.

The Literary Arena, a cosy 'library' with an oversized book by the entrance, was one of the biggest hits last year and this year it will once again home to the cream of the literary crop.

Among the big names that will be giving readings, performances and answering questions will be Jonathan Coe, Jon Ronson, Blake Morrison, Geoff Dyer and Keith Allen as well fashion design dame Vivienne Westwood and Brit-art bad boys Jake and Dinos Chapman.

Comedian Robin Ince will again bring his disparate group, the Book Club, for a mixture of readings from all sorts of weird and wonderful tomes.

The Poetry Arena will be hosted acclaimed Norwich poet Luke Wright, and they'll be a large poetry contingent from the city, including Hannah Walker, John Osborne and Paul Mac Joyce.

The poetry line-up also includes Simon Armitage, Aidan Moffat, Ross Sunderland and Andrew Motion.

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The Film Arena is much bigger this year and includes several coups including a screening of Shane Meadows latest, Le Donk, followed by a Q&A with the director and star Paddy Cosidine, and a BAFTA Q&A with Stephen Frears being interviewed by David Morrissey.