We had a great enrichment trip to the Cheltenham Literature Festival and attended a thought-provoking session on why writing historical fiction is such a vital genre with two amazing authors - Alex Wheatle and Sally Nicholls.
During the session, Alex discussed his connection to the Jamaican uprising that is the focus of his book and how that gave him a real drive to make sure that that the story of Tacky’s War in 1760 lives on.
Sally Nicholls’ explained her approach to research and the importance of using the right words in the dialogue when creating an authentic tone. This story is set just after the end of World War I and covers the experiences and the impact that the war has had on different members of the central family. The session also included a Q&A section where we learned about the authors’ lives and what had shaped their journey into writing. After the session, we were able to meet the authors and get our books signed.
A real highlight for the group was being able to browse the book tent and see all the recommended titles on display. We have definitely added titles to our reading lists!
“I thought it was brilliant – definitely recommend. We should go again!”
“I liked the bookshop and I enjoyed the trip and talks. I would go again”
“I thoroughly enjoyed our trip because it opened my eyes to exciting new literature.”
Signed copies of the Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle and The Silent Stars Go By by Sally Nicholls are available for loan from the library.