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Welcome toLitfest 2018!

Dear Festival-goers, welcome to Litfest’s 2018 programme…

To download a PDF Programme click here: Litfest 2018 PDF Programme This year we bring you a month-long programme packed with incredibly varied events! The 2018 festival launches on a truly ‘Fantastic’ evening at Lancaster Castle’s Shire Hall. Olivia Lomenech Gill—illustrator of JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – will give us…

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Andrew Michael Hurley: Devil’s Day

Thursday 22nd March 7:30pm

To begin our final week of this year’s festival we are delighted to welcome back Costa Prize winner Andrew Michael Hurley reading from his fantastic second novel—Devil’s Day…
In the wink of an eye, as quick as a flea,
The Devil he jumped from me to thee.
And only when the Devil had gone,
Did I know that he and I’d been one . . .


Springfest Podcast

As part of our first Litfest Springfest, two days of the very best in nature writing, we bring you another exclusive—Litfest’s first podcast!

Free to download from the Lifest website ( from Friday 23rd of March, come and join us on a literary walk around the streets of Lancaster. Exercise your mind along with your legs!


Springfest: Kathleen Jamie

Friday 23rd March 7pm

We begin our Springfest weekend with a double bill with a distinctly Scottish flavour…

First we have award-winning poet and essayist Kathleen Jamie, possessing a poet’s eye and a naturalist’s affinity for the wold places of the world . Whether she is following the call of a peregrine in the hills above her home in Fife, sailing into a dark winter solstice on the Orkney islands, or pacing around the carcass of a whale on a rain-swept Hebridean beach, she creates a subtle and modern narrative, peculiarly alive to her connections and surroundings.


Springfest: Jim Crumley

Friday 23rd March 8:15pm

In the second half of our Scottish double bill we welcome prolific nature writer Jim Crumley. The author of the much loved (and recently reprinted!) The Company of Swans has led a long and varied career including journalism, Radio and TV work. But throughout he continues to delight his readers with many new publications. The latest of these is the second in his seasons quartet—The Nature of Winter.


Springfest: Paul Evans

Saturday 24th March 7pm

In Field Notes from the Edge, the acclaimed writer of the Guardian’s ‘Country Diary’, Paul Evans, takes us on a journey through the in-between spaces of Nature – such as strandlines, mudflats, cliff tops and caves – where one wilderness is on the verge of becoming another and all things are possible. Here, Evans searches out wildlife and plants to reveal a Nature that is inspiring yet intimidating; miraculous yet mundane; part sacred space, part wasteland. It is here that we tread the edge between a fear of Nature’s dangers and a love of Nature’s beauty. Combining a naturalist’s eye for observation with a poet’s ear for the lyrical, Field Notes from the Edge confirms Paul Evans’s place among our leading nature writers today.


Springfest: Jackie Morris – The Lost Words

Saturday 24th March 8:15pm

Much-loved and award winning illustrator Jackie Morris will talk about her latest book The Lost Words. Inspired by the words that were dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Jackie’s response was the creation of a large format, illustrated book of spells based around these words. Jackie will talk about the inspiration behind the idea for The Lost Words, the process of collaborating with author Robert MacFarlane and give a glimpse into the creation of a book that speaks with eloquence and lyricism about our relationship with both landscape and language.


The Invisibility Hat – Dominic Kelly

Sunday 25th March 3pm
The Swedish forests are filled with the strangest things… and most of them are trolls!
When a brother and sister find an extraordinary hat, they are plunged into these creatures’ world and things quickly spin out of control. Could a moment’s kindness save them before it’s too late?
Join Dominic on a storytelling journey into the vast northern forests: through mystery, suspense and a great deal of fun. On the way you’ll gain invaluable knowledge: what to do should you ever come face to face with a troll…


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!