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Sat 2nd Aug - Sun 19th May

Iron Age Festival

@ Various Venues, Cullercoats

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Iron Age Festival

A Seaside Words and Music Festival to celebrate four decades of publishing.

The only place to be in mid-May, from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th, 2013, is the little fishing village of Cullercoats on the North-East Coast. For five days the village will host celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of Iron Press, set up in 1973 when its founding editor Peter Mortimer was still in loons!

Highlights include the launch of Nesting a new book of stories by the acclaimed author David Almond, a happening by the one and only Ian McMillan, who is a former Iron Magazine asst. editor, a three mile run along the coast with an author (Andy Croft) before his reading of his Great North Run book, a poetry/music event in the sea-front chippy, and 'Sea Haiku', where local fisherman John Stocks will take volunteer writers out to sea in a series of journeys, the hope being the trips produce enough imaginative haiku for an Iron Press pamphlet. We are also delighted to welcome back Melvyn Bragg, who was published in an early edition of Iron Magazine, and who also hosted our 21st birthday celebrations at Live Theatre.

All literary events will also include music from Cullercoats' large and impressive range of talented musicians.

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