Stories will take centre stage in second Suffolk Festival of Ideas

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Molly Naylor ANL-160605-164813001

A cultural festival is to return for a second year with a programme of innovative events across Bury St Edmunds celebrating the theme of stories.

The Suffolk Festival of Ideas 2016 will include mass-participation story-telling activities, performance poetry, readings, music, free workshops, community journal writing and interactive DJ events.

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Joe Dunthorne ANL-160605-164801001

It will run from Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9 and will launch on May 21 with a night of real life stories on the theme of journals, which will be hosted by writer-in-residence Molly Naylor.

The event at the Abbeygate cinema will featuring poet, actress and writer Katie Bonna; author Joe Dunthorne; writer and performer Molly Naylor and writer, performer and producer Deborah Pearson. The launch will also mark the distribution of 100 artist-made journals across shops, cafes and public spaces in the town giving people the chance to write, draw or photograph their story of Bury.

The returned journals will be exhibited during the festival weekend.

Matt Gaw, a director of the festival, said after the success of last year’s debut event - which included appearances from George Monbiot and Owen Jones - organisers wanted to increase community involvement. He said Bury is founded on famous tales such as the legend of St Edmund and sharing such stories ‘brings communities together and shapes individual and collective identities’.

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Organisers are raising funds for the event. To sponsor email matt.s.gaw@gmail.com