Every year, Chester Literature Festival welcomes lecturers from the University of Chester who share their expertise in a series of popular free talks. This November, there is the usual eclectic mix, with subjects ranging from silk to the writing of Gandhi as well as a leading French writer (speaking in English).

Whether poet, musician, or teacher, there is something for all in this talk. Si Poole brings together these various roles in his life to explain his latest work for children, the poem “Bumblebees like jazz”. Finding a need to introduce children to differing genres of music, and building upon the already well established link between music education and children’s literature, he explores the explicit and implicit values of music; music learning and appreciation; as well as reading skills through poetry. Si will consider how literature or poetry might help in the understanding of concepts in music, and can even provide scaffolding for composition.

Tickets are free, but places are limited so please book.


Approx 60 mins

Festival Chester Literature Festival 2022

Storyhouse’s annual festival of words and ideas returns this coming autumn.