Literary & Storytelling Festival This September

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southlands literary festival 23 - September 8th & 9th

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Friend of Southlands present the 2023 Literary & Storytelling festival.

Friday 8th September 5pm – 8pm

Saturday 9th 10 am to 6pm 

Pop-up Community café will also be on site.


Seth Burkett

Seth’s first book came about as a result of football. Following a series of fortunate events, he was spotted by a scout in Brazil at the age of 18. The Boy in Brazil details a magical season spent playing professional football in Sorriso and was shortlisted for Football Book of the Year at the 2016 British Sport Book Awards.

After returning from Brazil, Seth graduated from Loughborough University with a BA in English & Sports Science and an MA in English.He went into advertising, working for clients such as Nike and Jaguar Land Rover in copywriting and social media management.Throughout this time, Seth continued to write. He has now written eleven books, including collaborations with footballers and world famous YouTubers, as well as fiction and non-fiction books for children.


If life is a battlefield, art is Kimba’s weapon of choice. Since 1999 he’s been using words to paint pictures that capture hope, framing life as a journey full of opportunity to learn and discover greatness. 


Dominica Clements

10:30 am

Illustrator who will be speaking about Book cover design in Children’s Publishing.

Gatlin Perrin

11:30 am

Author of His Royal Hopeless – will be speaking about their Pathway to Publishing

Gatlin Perrin is a non-binary children’s author from North Wales. Their first novel, His Royal Hopeless, was long listed for the Times Chicken House Competition. 

You can find their children’s work on Instagram at @gatlinchloeperrin_author, and their not-for-children’s work at @gatlin_is_a_squid. They Tweet as @GatlinChloeP.

Jeremy Farell


Non-Fiction as Memoir’

Speaking about Non-fiction as memoir and how it can help you to support and grow your business.

Author of Create a resilient project management and delivery culture and Strengths in the workplace and The 4 Steps of Powerful Coaching


The Growth Lab

Claire-Louise Price

3 pm

Poet who will be reading some of her works

Claire-Louise never intended to write poetry, let alone publish three poetry books! So how did that happen? Come along and listen to her poems, and hear about the inspirational story which brought them to life, and how they now bring hope into the lives of others.

‘Poems of life, for life’ (Living with Joy)

‘Light hearted yet profound’ (Walking with Angels)

‘Accessible to all’ (Dancing with Love)

All author profits go to Cancer Research UK.


Also: Children’s reading sessions, Poetry and Storytelling workshops, Literature quiz.


The Hero’s Journey

All ages workshop on the tradition of the hero’s journey. If you’re unsure how to structure your story, want some inspiration, or simply want to know more about the tradition of the hero’s journey then this is the workshop for you. 

Aleatory or chance poetry

all ages workshop. Find out more about chance poetry. Use chance and found objects to make your own poetry. This is a great inspirational session for all ages and abilities.