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Word festival unveils 2010 bill

26th March 2010

Leading authors and luminaries from the fields of wildlife, politics, science and opera will attend this year's Word literary festival at the University of Aberdeen.

The Damned United author David Peace, thriller writer Philip Kerr and The End of Mr Y novelist Scarlett Thomas are confirmed for the event, which is now in its tenth year.

Former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell, adventurer Benedict Allen, wildlife expert Simon King and Father Ted actress Pauline McLynn will also be present at the May festival.

In addition, the world premiere of the five mini-operas which make up Scottish Opera's Five:15 strand for 2010 will be performed, as the festival branches out from its literary roots.

Professor Chris Gane, head of the college of arts and social sciences at the University of Aberdeen, said Word has gradually established itself as one of Scotland's 'most vibrant' literary festivals.

'We are delighted that it has continued to grow and develop and we hope that the diverse programme for the tenth festival will connect more people than ever with inspirational writers, performers and musicians,' he commented.

Last month, Word launched the What's the Story? competition, which offers Aberdeenshire secondary school pupils the chance to have their short stories published.

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