Doncaster is hosting an open mic night with authors from The Booker Prize

A collection of Doncaster writers will share their work alongside Booker Prize authors in a virtual open mic event as part of the town's partnership with the literary giant.

Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 12:30 pm

The event which is being run by Doncaster Creates will be hosted by authors Fiona Mozley and Lemn Sissay MBE and will take place on Thursday, November 26 at 7pm.

Juliet Farrar, from Doncaster creates, said: “We are looking forward to as many people as possible joining us as an audience for this unique opportunity.

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Ian McMillan's will be reading his work at the open mic night.

“It is completely free of charge to hear budding Doncaster writers perform alongside internationally regarded authors at this special open mic night.

“Fifteen Doncaster writers will read passages of their work.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a truly international literary event and to have Doncaster words heard across the globe.”

Doncaster is in partnership with the Booker Prize this year which has been organised through Doncaster Creates.

Fiona Mozley, author and host at the open mic night.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster said: “I am so proud that Doncaster has been chosen to partner with such a legendary literary giant as The Booker Prize.

“So many people in Doncaster will be excited about this partnership and I am certain that it will bring such a positive and lasting legacy for book lovers and writers alike.”

As part of this partnership the artists group is asking people to join a new campaign named ‘Doncaster: The Books That Made Us.’

Lemn Sissay MBE - a host of the evening.

In which people film short videos of themselves talking about books that have given meaning to their lives.

Anyone who takes part is entered into a competition to win one of this year's Booker Prize shortlisted books.

Host Fiona Mozley said: “I am so looking forward to my virtual visit to Doncaster.

“The landscape to the north of the city inspired my first novel.

“I only wish that I could be there in person.”

To join the event as an audience member you can click this link.

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