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The ‘In Other Words’ festival has kicked off in Liverpool

24th April, 2013

The ‘In Other Words’ festival has kicked off in Liverpool. The festival celebrates the written, spoken and sung word as part of its biggest ever literary festival.

In Other Words kicked off in bestselling author style on Tuesday 23rd April as Liverpool hosts the national flagship events for ‘World Book Night’ at St George’s Hall.

Six world renowned authors Philippa Gregory, Jasper Fforde, Jeanette Winterson, Patrick Ness, Jackie Kay and Frank Cottrell-Boyce took part in packed readings and Q&A sessions.

Local author Frank Cottrell-Boyce hosted a special session called ‘Books at the Olympics’. In which he talked about the opening ceremony, which he wrote and conceived in partnership with Danny Boyle and describe how much of its inspiration came from literature.

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon said: “It is a huge coup for the city to host World Book Night and is the perfect way to kick-start the In Other Words festival.”

“It’ll be fascinating to hear these internationally renowned authors talk about their work, inspiration and maybe even give some top tips to the many budding writers who will be taking part.

“And it’s great to know that this evening is just the first of 350 events taking place across the city which will culminate in the eagerly anticipated re-opening of Central Library.

World Book Night CEO, Julia Kingsford said: "From the smallest communities in the Highlands to those in our largest metropolitan centres like Liverpool, World Book Night has an incredible power to unite people from across society. It is amazing to see the passion of the people who come together to share in World Book Night and spread their love of reading."

Jackie Kay, who will be performed in Liverpool last night, comments: “World Book night strips everything away to the bare essential: the good hearted feeling of a book in your hand, a companion by your side, the best of friends on your road through life.”

For full details of the programme, which includes World Book Night events, and to book tickets visit It's Liverpool.