Release the Hounds: literary fest with attitude

Release the Hounds literary festival in Knaresborough.
Release the Hounds literary festival in Knaresborough.

By Graham Chalmers

It’s edgy and young and imaginative and it’s back for a second year.

Release the Hounds literary festival made a big impression last year in Knaresborough in a range of venues across the town.

Helmed by stylish drama graduate Stephanie Jones, who hails from Knaresborough, this year’s event promises a feast of performance poetry and devised theatre from Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14.

The not-for-profit event will feature performers of national standing - Elephant Collective, Mike Garry, Matthew Bellwood, Luke Wright, Henry Raby and Katie Bonna.

Having succeeded in London, Stephanie said: “I want to encourage young people to engage with the arts of the 21st Century and show that a successful festival can be produced in an area that sometimes floats under the cultural radar. “

Release the Hounds shows will take place in a variety of venues around Knaresborough including The Mitre Hotel, Blind Jacks, The Cross Keys, Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre, The Frazer Theatre Studio, Art in The Mill and in the Market Place.

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