When and Where is Mani Lit Fest?
The Second Mani Lit Fest took place on 8th and 9th October 2019. The Mani is a peninsula in southern Greece, the middle 'finger' of the three fingers of the Peloponnese region. The Lit Fest takes place at Patriko Cafe-Bar in the village of Stoupa, approximately 50km away from the city of Kalamata, the regional capital, where the nearest airport (KLX) is located.
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How it began ...
A new event for the area, Mani Lit Fest almost invented itself. It began one lazy day in summer 2018, with a cup of coffee in the shady garden of Patriko Bar in Stoupa, and a conversation with historical novelist Carol McGrath. A part-time resident of the area, Carol had previously done a 'Meet the Writer' event at the bar, where she had talked about her first novel 'The Hand-Fasted Wife' (book one of her Daughters of Hastings trilogy). Carol having just published her fourth novel, ''The Woman in the Shadows', the talk turned to the possibility of her doing another similar event at the bar. Less than an hour later, the idea had somehow grown into a full day event of workshops, talks, performances and literary cocktails, and we realised it had turned into a mini literature festival.
2019 in brief
Mani Lit Fest is expanding into a two-day event for its second year and we are pleased to announce that Neil Fawcett, Carol McGrath, Sarah Bower and creative writing lecturer Alizon Robertson will all be returning.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming for the first time the writers James Heneage, Liz Harris, Chris Heath, Rita Wilson and Peter Johnson. James will be talking about the Greek War of Independence, the background to his latest novel 'A World on Fire'. You will be able to meet Liz at her 'Meet the Author' event or her workshop on the subject of pacing. Children's author Chris will be talking about his 'World According To Grandpa' books. Rita is also hosting a 'Meet the Author' event, where you can hear all about her fascinating Maniot family, the subject of her book 'Greek Lessons'. Peter will be travelling through time, while Liz, Chris and Rita will also be donning literary disguises in our 'Pedalo Peril' event.
How do I book?
Mani Lit Fest is currently a free event open to everybody, so just check our programme and come along to the venue. No need to reserve, except for the creative writing workshops.
Due to the nature of the writing workshops, we do have to limit the number of participants.
To book your place, simply send an email to , telling us which workshops you would like to attend. Visit our workshops page for more information.