UNION — USC Union hosted the 4th annual Upcountry Literary Festival on Friday and Saturday, offering a variety of entertaining presentations.
Festival coordinator Randy Ivey said he was very pleased with the steady flow of people who attended Friday’s literary festival activities throughout both days. Although many attendees did not sign the festival’s guest book, there were still 115 names recorded.
Friday’s festivities included poetry presentations from Ray McManus, Lisa Hammond and Terry Kennedy; Southern history and literature presentations by James Everett Kibler (recipient of the 2014 Upcountry Literary Festival Appreciation Award), David Moltke Hansen, and Marty Daniels; and new voices in poetry and prose presentations by Dan O’Shields and Duna Miller.
After lunch, presentations included “Growing, Cooking, Eating the Greek Revival Way by Patricia Moore-Pastides; a dramatic presentation of “The Cards” by playwright Lee Lawing, which was performed by Shyanne Hall and John Crocker and directed by Amber Crocker; History by Dr. Allan Charles and Karen Stokes; the presentation of the 2014 Tandy R. Willis Award for Most Promising Writer to Brock Adams; and poetry and music presentations by Debra Daniel, Jim Clark, Freddie Vanderford, Fayssoux McLean, and David Ezell.
Poet Terry Kennedy was a first-time guest at the festival.
“I have been remiss in thanking Randall Ivey, John Crocker, Annie Smith and many others at The University of South Carolina Union for the wonderful USC Union Upcountry Literary Festival this past weekend,” Kennedy said. “I’ve been to a good many literary festivals, but not many have as much good energy as this one.”
Saturday’s festivities included fiction and memoir presentations by Tom McConnell, Franklin Sanders and Randy Ivey; storytelling by Tally Johnson; country cooking by Dori Sanders; and a keynote address from Ronni Lundy. Lundy was also the winner of the 2014 Allan D. Charles Award for Nonfiction.
Following Saturday’s presentations, a meet and greet with the authors was held in the first floor lobby of the university’s Main Building, and Peggy Waller of The Inn at Merridun hosted a cooking demonstration in the lobby on the second floor.