Woking Literary Festival to replace Lightbox

News - Festivals Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Lightbox Literary Festival renamed for 2019 after expansion and new investment from Woking Borough Council; Scott Pack and Nielsen also involved

The festival was launched in 2017 and runs over 10 days during April at the Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking. The gallery welcomes 100,000 visitors each year, while the festival had over 4,000 visitors during the 2018 event.

Its collaboration with Write Out Loud Woking continues to bring performance poetry and the spoken word to audiences across Surrey. The organisers are working with Nielsen Book, which has its HQ in Woking, Woking Borough Council and publisher and bookseller-turned-publisher Scott Pack of Unbound. 2019's Festival will run from 23 April to 2 May 2019.

Louise Musgrove, festival director, said: "We have had a wonderful first two years, with great authors and big attendances, and are looking to expand on that with the ambition to become an important festival in the literary calendar. In the past we have approached authors ourselves and asked if they'd like to attend but we are hoping that publishers will want to pitch their authors, both well-known and up and coming, to us in future. After all, we sell a lot of tickets and a lot of books. All attending authors will be paid a fee and travel expenses will be covered. We'll also give them some nice grub while they are here."

The Lightbox gallery and museum is an award-winning building designed by Marks Barfield, the architects responsible for The London Eye.

To pitch authors for 2019, contact Louise Musgrove at louise.musgrove@thelightbox.org.uk

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