Essar’s literary genius

Stanlow-based Essar Oil UK is sponsoring The 2013 Essar Chester Literature Festival.

The autumn festival, which is produced by city arts organisation, Chester Performs, will run from 13-27th October.

Ian Cotton, Essar’s head of communications and community, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the festival for another year. The event has become an integral part of the city’s cultural calendar and this year, there really is something for everybody.”

Festival manager, Paul Lavin, added: “We’re pleased to have Essar on board. We’ve developed a great relationship with the company, and through their continued support, we can ensure the festival continues to grow.”

Among the authors starring at the festival are broadcaster, Clive James, comedian, Tim Vine, war correspondent, Kate Adie and actor, Sir Derek Jacobi. Other big names on the bill include BBC Radio 5 Live’s, Richard Bacon, Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn and TV personality, Kate Humble.