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By The Bookollective Team, May 22 2019 12:03PM

Award-winning author talks, fierce female poetry, live illustration, self-publishing tips and loads more curated by Bookollective!

Victorious Festival is excited to welcome back Literacy Live for the second year running. Curated by the team at Bookollective this “Oasis of calm and culture at an awesome festival” located in the Fringe Fields will be returning with another programme of bookish events and giveaways.

Esther Harris, co-founder of Bookollective said: "We are thrilled to be bringing books back to Victorious. Literacy Live is for anyone who is interested in stories and what its like to work and play in the world of books on any level. We have a diverse list of authors and a friendly team. Pop along!"

Saturday and Sunday will be packed with two full days of author talks, including Yvonne Battle-Fenton talking about her book REMEMBERED that was long-listed for The Womens Prize 2019, Helen Whitaker, author of THE SCHOOL RUN, a perfect summer read for mums and Astra Bloom, contributor of COMMON PEOPLE (UNBOUND) who will talk about what it means to be a working class writer in a world piled high with middle class books.

They’ll be poetry readings from Ana Sampson Laughlin, anthologist behing poetry anthology SHE IS FIECE and music infused poetry from Steafan Hanvey.

Budding writers won’t want to miss talks on ‘How to get a job in books’, self publishing tips and even live illustration demos. Plus book fans will have the opportunity to win tonnes of prizes from The Book Fairy who’ll be hiding best sellers around the festival for lucky winners to find.

All this alongside the Bookollectives brilliant pop up book shop make Literacy Live a fantastic area to discover and relax at for Victorious Festival 2019.

With Friday tickets available from £35 *, Saturday and Sunday at £40 * and weekend tickets from £110 *, a day Victorious Festival continues to be one of the best value festivals in the UK


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Favourite book:

To Kill A Mockingbird 

by Harper Lee


Best tip for authors:

Tell me your life story. It's the personal ups and downs and how you've overcome them that sometimes help us pitch you and the book.


Publishing career highlight:

My first byline in The Mirror and ghost writing a newspaper feature for a client that saw her get a phone call from the Defence Secretary saying how impressed he was.


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Favourite book:

Pride and Prejudice 

by Jane Austen


Best tip for authors:

Good design is good business; it builds your brand and conveys professionalism. As an author, your book is your business; don't let your hard work down with poor presentation.


Publishing career highlight:

Getting my first award for cover design! It's always an amazing feeling when you're acknowledged for doing something you love.




Favourite book:

The Tiger Who Came

to Tea by Judith Kerr


Best tip for authors:

You are unique and so is your book, so create a unique publicity campaign that suits you. Most importantly, don’t quit - I always tell my authors that writing their book is actually the ‘easy’ bit, promotion takes patience and determination.


Publishing career highlight:

I was proud to be selected as a finalist in the Publisher’s Publicity Circle Awards for one of my paperback non-fiction campaigns, but my career highlight has to be winning the title of Young Business Person of the Year at the Inspire Business Awards.

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