A NEW development in the Lowdham Festivals programme this autumn is the Lowdham Lecture, an annual event in which a high profile speaker will address topical local issues.
The inaugural Lowdham Lecture will be held on Thursday 20 September 2012, starting at 7.30pm, at St Mary’s Church in the village. It will be given by the award winning author Alan Gibbons, a popular international speaker, organiser of the Campaign for the Book, and a member of the Speak Up For Libraries Coalition.
Gibbons is a former primary school teacher from Liverpool, who won the Blue Peter Book Award in 2000 for his book Shadow of the Minotaur. He has collected a number of other awards including the Hackney Short Novel Prize and the Salford Librarians’ Special Award.
Lowdham Book Festival says that the future of literacy, and even the book itself, is under threat in our modern world: “Alan Gibbons’s varied career as a teacher, a children’s author, and supporter of libraries gives him a powerful campaigning voice – this talk will perhaps be of particular interest to teachers, parents, and librarians, and to all of us who care about the importance of the written word and its place in our society”.
Tickets are £10 (£9 concessions, £8 Festival Friends), available from the Festival Box Office at The Bookcase – 0115 966 3219.