Filter Festival will showcase of local and national poets’ work in Cleethorpes
LEADING and local poets will take to the sand as a month-long poetry festival launches in Cleethorpes.
The Filter Festival 2012 organised by local company Culture House will start on National Poetry Day tomorrow at the Kingsway Kiosk in the resort.
Throughout October, published poets and writers from across the country – including Edinburgh Festival stars, The Fitzrovia Radio Hour – will descend on North East Lincolnshire to entertain literary fanatics at a variety of venues.
Supported by Arts Council England, there will also be countless performances by local talent, some of whom have had their work published.
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The festival will kick off tomorrow at 11am with "Stars" where talented performers will chalk their work along the seafront at Lower Kingsway for passers-by to enjoy.
Festival director and founder of Culture House, Charlotte Bowen, said: "There is a wealth of writing talent in the area and the festival is moving to celebrate those and emerging writers, to give them a spotlight and support their endeavours.
"It brings talent together and gives local people a platform. We don't shout about ourselves enough. There is a lot of creativity and intelligence here and it is time we started showing it off."
Phyll Smith, a local writer and historian, will read extracts of his book about local legend Tom Wintringham, The Last English Revolutionary.
He has been "instrumental" in co-ordinating the line-up of readings. He said: "We hope it will give people a sense of the talent that we have in Grimsby and Cleethorpes as well as bring national artists to the stage."
The Fitzrovia Radio Hour – taking the style of 1940s radio plays – will be a highlight of the event, which runs until Saturday, November 3.
Cleethorpes Parkway Cinema will also screen theatre shows live from the National Theatre in London.
And Filter will coincide with the launch of a new website, a resource for those interested in writing – called The Dock and you can find it on www.thedock.info
Full listings for the festival can be found at www.theculturehouse.co.uk