The Plymouth International Book Festival #PIBF2015 is being held from October 15-21, with talks, performances and workshops taking place on the University campus and at venues around the city.
We’ve been lucky enough to get hold of free tickets for 4 great events during the festival. Below we’ll take a closer look at each event and give you the opportunity to apply for our tickets. We hope you enjoy the festival!
101 GINS TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE
Saturday 17 October 14:00
Ian Buxton reveals the secrets of a spirit, which has its own unique place in the history of the UK and America. What makes a gin special and how does Plymouth’s own gin rate against the competition? The event will include a tasting. Ian has been working in and around the whisky industry for over 20 years, but has been drinking professionally for a good deal longer.
He began writing regularly for Whisky Magazine shortly after it launched, and now also writes for The Keeper, Country Life, Scotland Magazine, Scottish Field and in Russia for Whisky and Magnum magazines. He has published a number of books, including 101Legendary Whiskies.
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PUBLIC ADDRESS: THE SOAPBOX TOUR
Directed by Hanna Silva and produced by Apples and Snakes
Saturday 17 October 20:00
The House, Plymouth University
From mythological women to reasons for love, from the quirky to the political, from gender to bees and everything in between, performance poets across the UK give voice to passions, issues and stories. Lyrical ingenuity, heart-warming humour, and buckets of belief explode from this unique, theatrical spoken word show. Opening the evening will be Plymouth Young Writers Squad, a group for young writers aged between 12 and 15 who meet at Plymstock Library. The Young Writers Squad is supported by Plymouth City Council Library Service with funding from Literature Works.
Shagufta K Iqbal
Shagufta K’s vivid thought-provoking work beautifully transports audiences to a world where gender, race and culture are examined through a fresh, passionate and exciting perspective. She is a bilingual poet, interested in bringing poetry to a wider audience, particularly through the use of spoken word, theatre and movement, and conveying what it means to be the embodiment of two diverse cultures.
An endearingly warm and funny performance poet and compere, Justin’s generous sense of the silly has made his poetry popular with children, but he can also pack his humour full performances with energy, honesty and pathos, His performances have been enjoyed by audiences at poetry evenings, comedy gigs and festivals all over the world.
AJ describes herself as a fat trans lesbian known mainly for shouting at people about death threats, hair removal cream and public toilets. A multiple slam-winning performance poet, journalist, educator and LGBT rights activist, AJ uses her unique combination of humour, passion and vulnerability to tackle prejudice head-on and to make audiences think.
Jasmine is a spoken word poet, West Midlands Poets’ Place coordinator, a Birmingham Poet Laureate 2014/15 finalist and a speaker at March’s TEDxBrum International Women’s Day Salon. A passionate and playful poet with a feminist thread, helping to address cultural taboos and give voice to a new generation of young women.
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Simon Scarrow, chaired by Michael Jecks
Monday 19 October 18:30
Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University
Britannia is the latest thrilling, action-packed adventure featuring Roman Army heroes Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro. As they tramp the hillsides of western Britannia dreaming of their eventual return to Rome, the officers face daily threats that will test their courage to the full as they fight to protect their men and the Empire. Meet Simon Scarrow as he reads and talks about the latest adventure in this bestselling series.
Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author Simon Scarrow pursued his love of history as a teacher, becoming a full-time writer in 2005. His Roman soldier heroes Cato and Macro first stormed the bookshops in 2000 in Under the Eagle and have subsequently appeared in a number of other bestsellers including Centurion and The Gladiator. He is also the author of a quartet of novels about the lives of the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte.
Michael Jecks is a prolific international novelist, with 32 titles in his highly acclaimed Templar series of historical thrillers inspired by recorded crimes and the wild territory of Dartmoor.
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I DO NOT SLEEP
Judy Finnigan, chaired by Richard Madeley
Wednesday 21 October 19:00
Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building Plymouth University
Five years ago, Molly Gabriel lost her 20-year-old son, Joey, to a terrible sailing accident. His empty boat was found washed ashore on the rocks – but his body was never found. Now, Molly has returned to the sands of Cornwall haunted by his disappearance, unable to accept he is gone. Joey was an experienced sailor and died on a calm sea – things just don’t add up and Molly cannot let it go. Desperate for answers she turns to Joey’s best friend, Ben, to go back to what really happened that day.
Judy is a bestselling author, television presenter and columnist. In 2004, Judy’s name became synonymous with discovering and sharing great fiction, through the Richard and Judy Book Club, where authors including Kate Mosse, Rosamund Lupton and Victoria Hislop were championed and brought to the attention of millions of readers.
Richard is a television presenter, columnist and novelist. With his wife Judy Finnigan, Madeley has presented This Morning and later the weekday chat show Richard & Judy.
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If you’d like to find out more about other festival events, you can download the full program below