AMERICAN author and comicbook writer Joe Hill has added his backing to the Daily Post's online literary festival LiveRead.

The 37-year-old, who is bestselling horror writer Stephen King's son, will be taking part in a live interview with the newspaper's readers at 1.30pm today (Wed).

TODAY'S LiveRead events are a treat for horror fans as Liverpool's Ramsey Campbell takes part in an online interview with Daily Post readers.

Log on to www.liver
liveread from 6-7pm to join in the conversation.

You can also email questions in advance to

At 12.30pm we'll be holding the first of our book group events - live streamed on our website.

Our panel will be discussing Beryl Bainbridge's Young Adolf and it will also feature an interview with the writer of musical Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi, Phil Willmot.

Plus there will be the second installment of our organic story created through readers' votes, a daily quiz on Liverpool's literary links and a brand new ebook for you to download.

Running until Friday, LiveRead is an online celebration of Liverpool writers and writing.

Further details at

A WEB chat with Liverpool-born Orange Prize for Fiction winner Linda Grant will open the Daily Post online literary festival today.

The former Belvedere School pupil will be available to answer your questions from 12.30pm today.

To ask her about Liverpool, literature and life, simply visit and click on the link.

The child of Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants, Grant, 59, was short-listed for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for The Clothes on Their Backs.

On the LiveRead site all this week you will also find a daily quiz testing your knowledge of Liverpool's literary history, a downloadable book-themed walk through the city centre, a writer's surgery hosted by Wirral-based literary consultants Bubblecow, a five-day story with its plot determined by a daily online vote, daily readings by published authors and much more.

At 6pm tomorrow, horror writer Ramsey Campbell will be answering your questions online and, at 11am on Friday, it will be the turn of Crosby-based 24 Hour Party People screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce to be put under the spotlight by Daily Post readers.

Plus, join our live book groups at 12.30pm tomorrow and Wednesday focussing on Young Adolf by Beryl Bainbridge and The Wrong Boy by Willy Russell.
FURTHER details at

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