York Literature Festival takes place from 16th – 30th March, with events across the city.

The festival includes a great range of events from published authors, local writing groups and performance poets. It kicks off tonight with a launch event featuring Joanne Harris.

With great evenings of entertainment including conversations with Michael Palin, Mark Gratiss, Dan Cruickshank and Anne Widecome there is lots to choose from. Including a number of free events and one in particular produced for those with sight loss. Join Mary Callan as she tells the tale of Bercerus the blind dog.

LEGENDS & FAIRYTALES, with F.Mary Callan, Keregan Room, YTR, Wednesday 22 March, 4.30pm, 55mins

BERCERUS the BLIND DOG, is a new story, grafted into classic Greek legends, with the premise that in different circumstances, a disability may be the life-saving talent that is needed. Inspiration was planted while Mary Callan was supporting drama groups for blind adults. The blind puppy, Bercerus, becomes Perseus’ companion in his quest to kill the gorgon, Medusa. The sight of Medusa would turn the viewer to stone. When Perseus stumbles, the blind puppy is the defender he needs. Mary uses sound effects and appeals to all the senses, drawing audiences into this tense tale in a spell-binding performance. Suitable for all ages, 3-93.

The festival includes a fantastic number of free spoken word events too. Listed below are a few of these.

Apples and Snakes – Rewind Open Mic  – Monday March 20th  7:45 pm

York Theatre Royal, St Leonard’s Pl

A pop-up plethora of local talent with something for everyone guaranteed, compered by the hosts of York’s two regular open mic hosts

Contemporary British Poetry – Wedensday 29th March 6pm

This evening brings together two highly regarded and distinctive contemporary British poets.

At the York theatre Royal Hub:

Scop – Tuesday 21st March 7pm

A reading from Helen Shay’s new collection Scop (old English word for poet) delivered by local actors linked with York Settlement Players – Beryl Nairn, Mick Liversidge, Angie Shaw – connecting traditions and bringing poetic drama to life!

Argy Bargy Poets – Friday 24th March – 7.30pm

Think you don’t like poetry? Think again! Let the Argy Bargy Poets amuse and entertain you.

Pen to Paper – Monday 27th March 8.30pm

A showcase of spoken word.

To find out more visit the York Literature Festival website or visit the hub at York Theatre Royal.