Writers, readers and lovers of words in Scarborough are gearing up for this year's literature festival ( As well as nationally known authors with a book to promote, there is a vibrant fringe - see the website - with performances and workshops of every hue.

My own contribution is a collaborative short story. I will be asking participants in the festival to write letters, tweets and emails to and from a collection of fiction characters. These will then form the basis of a story I will create provisionally called 'Scarborough Consequences' to be published on the festival's website.

Come along and get involved!