Lancashire's literature festival, publisher and development agency


Short and Strong – The Art of the Short Story

Kirsty Logan & Jenn Ashworth look at the art of the short story, with readings from their own work
6 p.m to 7 p.m., Saturday 18 April at the Storey, £5.00


April Poets

April Poets
– poetry with a touch of class and a dash of music
Thursday 23rd April 7.30 pm

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Time and Tide Writing Workshops

A new series of writing workshops to explore connections between people living 100 years ago and our lives today.
Next workshop – Open to All – Saturday 18 April, 1.30-4pm

The Museum of Water Literature Competition – Winner and Highly Commended

We are pleased to announce DAVID HARTLEY as the winner of this competition – congratulations to David and many thanks to everyone who entered. Read the winner’s work…

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The 37th Lancaster Literature Festival

Join us in 2015 for more exciting events!
15 – 19 October 2015

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Jenn Ashworth – The Long and the Short of It

Litfest 2014 – Monday 20 October 7.30pm
An exploration of her own work and approaches to writing by Jenn Ashworth


Spotlight Literary Cabaret

3rd Friday of each month
Doors 8.00pm (Open Mic 8.15-8.45pm)
Music, poetry and comedy from diverse artists and writers

Square Cuts, Flax001

These are stories of people who want to live forever, unpack the contents of their lives, or simply rub along with one another. From acerbic to hushed, intense to curious, the people in this anthology will haunt you. The places they occupy are illuminated by both their actions and indecisions. Featuring some of the best…

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Lancaster Arts Partners

Litfest is one of the founding members of the Lancaster Arts Partnership. We are proud to be working together with partner companies: The Dukes, Green Close Studios, Live at LICA, Ludus Dance, More Music and the Storey Gallery to champion and promote the strategic development of excellent arts activities in Lancaster District. The Lancaster Arts Partners…

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Beyond the Castle

Litfest’s Artistic Director Andy Darby was part of the Beyond the Castle co-design team and now sits as part of the steering group. The Beyond the Castle project wants to create a high-quality public space around Lancaster’s historic castle and priory, down the hill and over the meadows to the quayside. The first step invited…

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Beyond the Castle

Check out the project website.

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Wyre’s Mythic Coast

Litfest is a key partner in the Mythic Coast project, which is part of the regeneration of Wyre’s waterfronts. The project resulted from a cash injection from the Government’s Sea Change programme, which recognises schemes that have the potential to regenerate seaside towns through cultural and environmental enhancements. Match funding came through contributions from Wyre…

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Wyre’s Mythic Coast

Visit the project website and find out more about The Sea Swallow.

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Castle Park Stories

Litfest was one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant for its Castle Park Stories project. The project encouraged local people to uncover the hidden stories in the area around the castle and develop writing around a site of their choice. In January and February…

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Over the the past few years Litfest’s Flax imprint has published some fantastic writers from the North West. We will be putting a range of fabulous ebooks, videos and audio pieces back on display in the very near future.

Midland Hotel

Information about The Midland Hotel by Sarah Hall. Out of print.

A Discoverie of Witches

Blake Morrison’s A Discoverie of Witches is a limited edition clothbound hardcover book with just one hundred copies produced. Lancaster Assizes, 1612. Ten people from Pendle in Lancashire were hanged, pronounced guilty of the crime of witchcraft. The poems in this collection give voice to characters involved in the trials: from the accused to the accusers, from…

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The Sea Swallow

Information about The Sea Swallow by Gareth Thompson

Malkin Child

Information about Malkin Child by Livi Michael