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The Devil’s Violin: Stolen

Saturday 11th November 7:30pm Venue: The Storey Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes + interval Tickets: £12/£10 Tickets now available! Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: Online: VIC Ticketbox By Phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808 In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres No guards met him at the palace. He made…

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Adverse Camber: Dreaming the Night Field

Saturday 23rd September 7:30pm
Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, Lancashire, England, LA1 1TH
Tickets: £12/£10 
Following last year’s hugely popular performance of ‘Fire in the North Sky’ , Adverse Camber and Lifest have partnered once again to bring the acclaimed touring production ‘Dreaming the Night Field’ to Lancaster.


Graham Mort: Black Shiver Moss

Friday 25th August 7:30pm
Venue: Waterstones, King Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1
Tickets: Free – just come along on the day!
Come along for a wonderful evening of poetry celebrating the release of Graham Mort’s tenth poetry collection! The event will run until about 9pm and will include a reading, Q&A and book signing.


East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Sunday 26th March 3pm East of the Sun, West of the Moon Our festival finale is a family-friendly storytelling event based upon the Norwegian fairy tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. This session will bring together art, music and storytelling offering an unforgettable, immersive experience with storyteller Jacqueline Harris, cellist and composer Maja…

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Poetry Day: Telling Tales by Patience Agbabi

Saturday 25th March  7pm Telling Tales: with Patience Agbabi   Award-winning poet Agbabi retells Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales for the 21st century.  From The Miller’s Tale to The Wife of Bath’s, she brings out the performance and wordplay of the work in an event involving the audience. Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1…

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Poetry Day: Kim Moore and Hannah Lowe

Saturday 25th March 4pm  Kim Moore And Hannah Lowe  Litfest welcomes back audience favourite Hannah Lowe alongside strong new voice Kim Moore for a reading with two poets known for exploring the importance of discrimination, family, history and music through their work. Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH Tickets: £9.50 Full…

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Poetry Day: Philip Burton and Gill Lambert

Saturday 25th March 2:30pm Philip Burton and Gill Lambert Litfest presents a reading with Indigo Dreams poets Philip Burton and Gill Lambert. Come along to hear two original northern voices seeking the poetry in everyday life. Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH Tickets: £9.50 Full /£7.50 Concession SPECIAL COMBO OFFER!— Three poetry…

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Poetry Day: Basic Nest Architecture – the launch of Polly Atkin’s first collection

Saturday 25th March      1pm  Basic Nest Architecture: The launch of Polly Atkin’s first collection Basic Nest Architecture, Polly Atkin’s first collection of poetry, marks a startling new talent, with intelligent, densely metaphorical lyrics, often inspired by the Lake District where she has made her home for a decade. The book is divided into three sections, themed…

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Austen’s Secret Stories: Jo Baker in conversation with Clancy Mason

Friday 24th March  7:30pm Austen’s Secret Stories: Jo Baker in conversation with Clancy Mason    Pride and Prejudice was only half of the story… In Jo Baker’s bestselling novel Longbourn she explores the privileged world of the Bennet family through the hidden lives of their servants. For housemaid Sarah, the predictable world of the servants’…

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An evening with Sarah Howe

Thursday 23rd March 7pm An evening with Sarah Howe         Litfest are delighted to bring you an evening with award-winning poet Sarah Howe, supported by the Creative Writing MA Programme at   Lancaster University. Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize…

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Translated Fiction, Translated Worlds: An evening with the Man Booker International Prize

Wednesday 22nd March 7pm Translated Fiction, Translated Worlds: An evening with the Man Booker International Prize In association with the Department of Languages and Cultures, Litfest brings you a fantastic evening of reading and discussion exploring the interplay between translation and creativity. What does it take to become a literary translator? How can literary translations…

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Jackie Kay supported by Natural Causes

Saturday 18th March 7:30pm Jackie Kay: Supported by Natural Causes Jackie Kay is an award-winning poet and writer from Scotland. She has published many collections of poetry, novels and stories for children, as well  as writing extensively for stage and television. She became the Scots Makar, the National Poet for Scotland, in 2017. She is…

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Alpha and the Spectacular Translation Machine

Saturday 18th March 11am – 5pm Alpha, a powerful graphic novel in French by Bessora and Barroux, tells the story of a West African migrant who leaves Ivory Coast to find his family in France. Thus unfolds a tragic, unforgettable tale about the hopes and perils of migration. Discover this story for yourself by joining…

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Friday 17th March 7pm Spotlight For 21 years without break Lancaster Spotlight has provided a platform for local writers and musicians at its monthly cabaret of poetry, prose, comedy and original music along with an Open Mic for new performers. Kriss Foster will compere the Showcase event of our current ‘Listening To Youth’ project. Aimed at…

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Beyond the Water’s Edge: Poetry from our world

Wednesday 15th March 7:30pm Beyond the Water’s Edge: Poetry from our world The Dukes and Lancaster Litfest present a Midland Creative Project in Association with Belgrade Theatre Coventry. Venue: The Dukes Theatre, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE Tickets: £12 Full/ £10 Concession/ £9 Friends Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: Online:…

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The Litfest Homebake

Saturday 11th March 7pm The Litfest Homebake Litfest needs you! This year we are inviting local writers to our very first Litfest Homebake, bringing together a wonderful collection of new voices together for the very first time.  Contributions are welcome from across all genres – poems, prose, storytelling, jokes, memories.  Whether you are interested in…

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April Poets Workshop and Evening Reading

Thursday 9th March Writing Workshop with David Tait:     4-6pm Tales from the World City What is it that drives us to the city? Do we get lost or are we reborn? What lures us to particular cities? In this workshop we will be ‘hitting the streets’ (as Queneau might have it), diving into dark alleyways,…

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Life Lines and Voice and Vision: Forging a Place in New Media

Saturday 4th March Life-Lines   2pm Two of the most exciting debut Young Adult books from 2016, Louise Gornall’s Under Rose Tinted Skies and Liz Flannagan’s Eden Summer both drew on real life experiences. Organised as part of the wider offer around the Lancashire Book of the Year, this special event explores how reading and stories…

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Bigger on the Inside: Writing for Doctor Who

Friday 3rd March 7:30pm Bigger on the Inside: Writing for Doctor Who Take a trip through time and join us in the prestigious Shire Hall at Lancaster Castle as Paul Magrs and Eddie Robson talk about character, continuity and challenges associated with writing across different media for Doctor Who.  Cosplay and jellybabies are welcome at…

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Welcome to the 38th Lancaster Literature Festival 3rd-26th March 2017!

Hello festival-goers and welcome to the Litfest 2017 programme! This year we bring you a fabulously varied programme of events throughout March as we wave good-bye to the Winter and welcome the Spring. This year Litfest has enjoyed the support of many friends and supporters and we welcome April Poets and Spotlight into this year’s…

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Litfest Needs You!

Looking ahead to our next festival, Litfest are seeking new volunteers and board members! If you are interested in any of the roles detailed below please email to find out more! Our volunteering programme is largely focused around our annual festival in March, but volunteers are also needed to assist with events throughout the…

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Write for Who You Were – Short Story Competition

Litfest are delighted to announce their latest project in association with Arts Council England, a free to enter short story competition for young people aged 9 – 16! When you were young, did you ever feel that the stories you would have liked to read just weren’t out there?  Would you like the chance to…

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