Hot Air 2016 – the Festival in a Factory, Stoke-on-Trent
The Festival in a Factory!
The Emergency Poet on hand
The old warehouse is the perfect venue – not the Meakin Room after the factory’s founders
Nick Hornby opened Hot Air 2016
Cressida Cowell taught us how to speak dragonese!
Festival trustee Emma Bridgewater spoke about a thirty year passion for pattern
So many reative kids at our Gangsta Granny workshop
Keith Brymer-Jones, Jim Ranson and Emma Bridgewater rounding off Hot Air 2016 with a Greta British POtteyr Throw Down finale
OUr brilliant volunteers who make the festival such a success
Writing West Midlands Spark Young Writers (Stoke group) launched their own anthology by local 8-12 year olds at Hot Air. The group meets on a Saturday morning once a month at the Factory to explore all forms of creative writing led by a professional writer.
Vibrant and exciting entertainment and workshops from Punjbi dance group Dance Sansaar
Juliet Nicolson’s confesional and emotional talk about five genrations of women in her family was a huge hit with festival goers.
Well done to the winners of our schools creative writing competition
Professor Mary Beard closed Friday night with a hgely entertaining talk on new understandings about ancient Rome
The poetry panel considerign the impact and contributions of Staffordshire poets and poetry
Take a Hint Theatre Company gav an energetic free family performances
Renomwned gardenr Sarah Raven presented a new cannn of healthy recipes
Nick, Hornby, Professor Mary Beard and Meg Rossof generously gave extar talks at Staffordshire University adn Stoke-on-Trent VIth Form College encouraging young people to aim high
Historian Simon Jenkisn praise the craft and architecture of Stoke, acclaiming teh Potteries Museum one of the finest in the country
Trustees Emma Bridgewater and Tristram Hunt MP welomed former Culture Secretary Ed Vaizey to Hot Air
Kicking off Hot Air with an evening walk at Trentham Gardens looking at the architecture, heritage and stunning gardens of the magnificently restored estate in Stoke-on-Trent
Fomer England cricketer Graeme Fowler and Teh Sentinel’s John Woodhouse in conversation abotu teh book they write together on Graeme’s career and work to champion understandign of mental health issues
Creative kids at Hot Air 2016
A quiet moment to read
The Victorian pottery factory is a quirky, engaging venue for the festival
The Hot Air Literary Festival returns on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June 2017 featuring a diverse programme of authors, workshops and performers discussing the creative process and their latest releases, giving festival goers the opportunity to debate with and meet some of the country’s leading writers.
‘I am delighted that the Stoke Literary Festival is now an established highlight of the city and region's cultural calendar. What began as a quick discussion with Tristram Hunt two years ago has turned into something really special indeed...’ Emma Bridgewater