On 22 and 23 September, the first Mystery Literary Festival will take place in Wavertree’s Holy Trinity Church. The two-day event will celebrate mystery literature from across the spectrum and will bring families and the local community together in a celebration of mysterious books, film, music, performance, and more.

We’re very excited to announce that Frank Cottrell-Boyce will be joining us on Saturday 22 September, for a very special reading of his children’s book, The Unforgotten Coat.

Liverpool-born Frank Cottrell-Boyce is an award-winning author and screenwriter, with writing credits including the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games; collaborations with Oscar-winning director, Danny Boyle, and the books Millions, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car – amongst others. He’s also written a fair few episodes of soap classic, Coronation Street…

Frank will be joining us from 1:30pm on Saturday 22 September for the reading; tickets are free and can be booked through our Eventbrite page here.

Taking place in the Holy Trinity Church, Wavertree, which was once described by Poet Laureate and author, Sir John Betjeman, as: “Liverpool’s best Georgian church.” – the festival will appeal to a broad range of people.

Across the weekend there will be workshops, shared reading taster sessions, drama performances, music, craft workshops, film and more.

Also involved across the weekend will be: award-winning ghost tour group Shiverpool; Liverpool literary charity, The Reader Org; performance and workshops from the Lemon Collective; the Bookworm Players will be running activities for children; and we’ll have music from pianist Chris Howard. Smithdown Road based Naked Lunch will be providing food and drink across the weekend

Cofounder Lucy Chesters said: “This is our first Mystery Literary Festival, and we’re really excited to have so many great Liverpool organisations – and of course, Frank Cottrell-Boyce – on board. The weekend will be a celebration of mystery literature in all its forms, so expect readings, workshops, music, exhibitions, film and more, spread across the two days.

“The Mystery Literary Festival has been born out of a desire to get more people visiting their local parks. In our case it’s the Wavertree Playground, or the ‘Mystery’. Our festival is as much educational as it is fun and will feature an eclectic mix of multimedia elements that visitors can interact with throughout the festival.”

The timings for the festival are as follows: Saturday 22 September – 10:00 – 18:00 | Sunday 23 September- 12:00 – 18:00 | Tickets are free, and can be booked through our Eventbrite page.