Julian Clary and Joseph Delaney confirmed for Lytham Festival’s literary programme

11 June 2015

A whole host of talents including comic Julian Clary, author Joseph Delaney and actor/comic Terry Alderton are the latest names to be confirmed Lytham Festival across the week of 2nd until 9th August. These additions weave literary and comedy threads throughout a week already bursting with music from the likes of McBusted, Rebecca Ferguson, Rae Morris and many more. Tickets starting at just £5 are now on sale from lythamfestival.com.

‘The Authors, Live at the Big Top’ is a new addition to the expanded Lytham Festival that will see a number of literary greats and illustrators in conversation as part of The Festival of Stories. Celebrity Comedian Julian Clary will show a side of him new to many as he discusses his first children’s book, ‘The Bolds’, alongside acclaimed illustrator David Roberts. Clary says:
“I wanted to write a children’s book to relive the thrill I used to get as a child entering a fictional world. The idea came from stories I used to make up for myself as a child, and I grew up in Teddington – a very suburban place with tree-lined streets and a nice park – so it seemed right and proper to set it there. I am thrilled to have the wonderful illustrator David Roberts bring The Bolds to life for me. He has the ability to convey my humour brilliantly and his drawings are always funny and endearing. Mrs Bold’s hats are a particular delight!”
Joseph Delaney, the hugely popular Lancashire-born sci-fi and fantasy author, will discuss his body of work including ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’. Delaney’s book inspired the film ‘The Seventh Son’, a box office smash hit starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges and Kit Harrington. Meanwhile Carnegie nominee Phil Earle will offer fun for all the family as he chats to fans about his book ‘Demolition Dad’. To mark the 150th anniversary of TS Eliot’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ the much-loved author Cathy Cassidy will present thoughts on her book ‘Looking Glass Girl’, a thoroughly modern take on the classic.

Ribs will be tickled in a venue new to Lytham Festival, the Comedy tent at Park View 4 U. Terry Alderton has graced our screens in ‘Live At The Apollo’ and taken to stages at comedy festivals as away far as Australia and New Zealand. Alderton, known to many as a former member of the Eastenders cast, will now to head north for Lytham Festival and will be supported by Lytham’s own Phil Walker. Also on offer will be an evening filled with laughs courtesy of four comedy gems; Comedy Store regular Steve Shanyaski and the extremely zany Wes Zaharuk, BBC Comedy Awards finalist Steve Harris and Perrier Award nominee Simon Bligh. These four names appear in a night entitled 'The very best of Woofers comedy club', hosted by Phil Walker. 
Also appearing as part of The Authors, Live At The Big Top will be Chris Mould, Liz Kessler and Julian Sedgwick.
Lytham Festival Director Peter Taylor comments:
‘I am so excited to add these events to Lytham Festival, proving that we are really making this a true arts festival. Whilst we appreciate we’ve had a limited appeal in the past, we hope now that we are able to offer something for all ages, and most importantly all budgets!. The sun is starting to shine and its beginning to feel like ‘Festival Season’ and I think we’ve now got an offering to make people think about choosing Lytham as the place to come this summer.'
Tickets starting at just £5 are available now from lythamfestival.com. There will be something for everyone across the week of Lytham Festival as a wide variety of music, comedy and literary stars grace the event’s stages. Whether raving to Faithless, screaming for McBusted or raising a glass of bubbly as Elaine Paige and Marti Pellow perform with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra all tastes and ages are catered for.

Sean Harwood – [email protected]
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Individual events range from £5 to £149
Thurs – Sun Proms Arena weekend pass £132
VIP, Meet & Greet and Golden Circle options available The Authors Live… tickets including copies of books available
Available from lythamfestival.com or by calling 0844 888 0200

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