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The Global Association of Literary Festivals connects all of the world’s literature festivals in a spirit of cooperation, exchanging ideas and resources, forging partnerships and providing a forum for discussion on all topics that affect book festivals, writers’ festivals and international literature.

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    • We welcome Crater Literary Festival, Nigeria, to the Association this week!
    • The Granite Noir festival has announced that it will be moving online for its February 2021 edition, with programming featuring both live and pre-recorded sessions. More information here.
    • To celebrate Giving Tuesday (1 December), Toronto International Festival of Authors will be making their 2020 Festival content available again, for 72 hours only.
    • Pola Oloixarac and Imaobong Umoren have been revealed as the 2021 winners of the Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer’s Award which awards them a year’s residency with the British Library to develop their forthcoming books, and opportunities to showcase their work at future Hay Festival events.
    • ArtsEd intern Sarah shares her story ahead of the 2020 Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival, reflecting on the theme of the Festival this year: ‘Life, Changing’
    • The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature announced this week that its 2021 Festival will be taking place across the city of Dubai in three key venues over three weekends from 29th January to 13th February, 2021 under the theme of ‘Change the Story’.
    • Craig Brown has won the 50 thousand pound Baillie Gifford Prize for his Beatles biography One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time, described by the chair of judges as “a highly original take on familiar territory”.
    • 2020 Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart spoke to 2019 winner Bernardine Evaristo at Southbank Centre this week. You’ll be able to view the event until 30 November. More details here.
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