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Post festival Cool Down – The Gods and Monsters Show: Pandvani108

Tuesday 24th April 7pm

Take a trip to the underworld…
Walk into the fire…
And don’t look back….
The stage is set for a high voltage mythological mash-up!
Combining performance storytelling, music and song, Pandvani108 turn on the epic jukebox to bring us a wild night of unbowdlerised global myth and epic, in untamed short form style. Gods, monsters, giants, warriors & divas from Greece, Ireland, the Scandinavian North, the Indian heat and far beyond, are all hauled centre stage.
Far from sedate spoken word, this is a brash & exuberant cinema of the imagination, inspired by a 3,000 year old epic singing tradition and with more deities than you can shake a stick at. Encounter the Short Myth Massive – live and irresistibly direct!


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.

Litfest 2017 (7)

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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Markus Luukkonen at The Storey this November

This November, as part of our ongoing storytelling programme Litfest are delighted to welcome internationally renowned storyteller Markus Luukkonen to Lancaster! Date and Time: Thursday 24th November 7:30pm Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH Tickets: £9.50 full/£8 Concession – tickets available online here or In person/by phone: Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, The Storey, Meeting…

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An Evening with (1)

A Seat of Softest Fur – an evening with performance storyteller Jo Blake Cave

Litfest presents an evening with acclaimed performance storyteller Jo Blake Cave. A dream of a golden wreath leads a daughter to an encounter with a wild, white bear which sets in motion a journey into the arms of destiny. But little does she know of the mountains she will have to scale to try and…

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes with Sir Chris Bonnington at Lancaster University

On Thursday 29th September 2017 Lancaster Litfest and Lancaster Arts present: Sir Ranulph Fiennes in conversation with Sir Chris Bonington Venue: The Great Hall, Lancaster University Time/Duration: 6.30pm for 7pm start. The Talk with last for 1 hour Tickets: £25 – £21 (Includes copy of ‘Fear’) available here. We are delighted to welcome Sir Ranulph Fiennes…

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Performance poetry workshops (3)

Rural Rhythms

Lancaster Litfest has recently received funding from Arts Council England for an exciting new project! This summer we are offering young people living in rural areas of Lancashire and Cumbria a unique opportunity: the chance to work with a professional performance poet. We can arrange an initial taster performance by the poet at your venue,…

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Coming Soon! Adverse Camber at The Dukes

The nights may be drawing in, but we have something to delight you and take away the sadness of the passing summer.  Litfest, in partnership with The Dukes, brings you Adverse Camber’s acclaimed tour of “Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland”. Be transported by the songs, stories and adventures of Finland’s cultural…

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The Devil’s Purse – a spellbinding storytelling performance by Dominic Kelly, Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottosson

A spellbinding performance of storytelling and music. A labyrinth of stories. A world where nothing is as it seems.

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Mikael Öberg foto Jan Kjellin sml

The 37th Lancaster Literature Festival

The 37th Lancaster Literature Festival is sadly over; thanks to all who attended and supported it.


Spotlight Literary Cabaret

Usually the 3rd Friday of each month
Doors 7.00pm (Open Mic 7.15-7.45pm)
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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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.

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