Events designed to create lasting legacy
IT SEEMS as though everyone is talking about "legacies" this summer, as the nation looks to build on the success of the London Olympics and Paralympics.
And the Plymouth International Book Festival will also have an important legacy, by encouraging people of all ages to take more of an interest in literature and find out how it can have an impact on their daily lives.
For young people in particular, a number of events taking place during the festival will aim to inspire their imaginations not just now, but for the future as well.
One of the most prominent will be the crowning of the Young City Laureate, a scheme in which Plymouth is really blazing a trail.
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One 16- to 19-year-old will be chosen for the honorary post and then, throughout the year, will be called on to help celebrate special events in the city and perform in libraries, schools, festivals and other community events.
They will also be given access to mentoring and professional development from Cyprus Well, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth University.
The gifted youngster who has the best way with words will be announced by renowned children's author Babette Cole during a special event – Celebrating Young People's Writing – during the festival on Sunday, September 16.
That event will also provide the public with an opportunity to see what Plymouth's creative community has to offer young people.
There will also be an opportunity for seven- to 12-year-olds to work with the Etherington Brothers in a comic-making workshop.
However, even after the festival comes to a close on September 23, that is not the end of the story.
Reading and writing are the fundamental building blocks which enable all of us to make the most of our lives, and Cyprus Well's Literature Works programme aims to bring creative writing and reading opportunities to everyone in the South West.
Cyprus Well's literature development manager, Bertel Martin, will create a year-round programme of talks, events and celebrations which will work with schools, libraries, arts centres and theatres, museums and community centres.
They will be looking out for some fantastic talent and new projects, in the hope that they have a great role to play in future festivals.