Olympic cycling hero to take part in Doncaster Literary Festival

Cyclist John Tanner. Picture: Shaun Flannery
Cyclist John Tanner. Picture: Shaun Flannery
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Doncaster’s Olympic cyclist John Tanner is saddling up to be part of this year’s town literary festival.

The two-time British National Champion, who also competed at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, will be hosting a question and answer session at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday, June 18, from 10am to 10.30am. His appearance is part of a packed bill for this year’s Doncaster Literary Festival between Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18.

There will be an exciting line up of author talks, poetry readings, creative writing workshops, book signings, story time for families and other events.

Councillor Bill Mordue, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for culture, said: “This year’s festival features a wide range of events for all ages. The exciting programme highlights the fantastic work our excellent libraries do all year round.”

The festival starts at Doncaster Central Library on June 17 from 2pm to 4pm with a talk from author Stephen Wade. He will speak about his book Uncle Albert, which takes a nostalgic look at life in a small Yorkshire town.

On June 18, the festival moves over to Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, where informative and interactive stalls will offer activities including making edible books, poetry writing tips, children’s storytelling sessions and craft activities. Visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/literaryfestival