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Go local at this year’s Literature Festival

From a local published novelist discussing his latest book to a chance for local writers to share their work – you can even get a tour of Storyhouse’s library.

And as ever, our popular ‘Uni at the Fest’ events return, with lecturers and professors from Chester University delivering free lectures and readings ranging from the the role of literature in the every day to the history of female cartoonists.

On Stage New Voices Chester
Garret Theatre

Storyhouse is proud to showcase local authors’ work. Come along and hear a group of authors speak about their latest publications.

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Activities Get To Know Your Library
Storyhouse

Get to know your library with a tour led by our team of library staff.

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On Stage Litfest Elevenses
The Kitchen

Listen to a short reading from a local author, poet or storyteller to start the Literature Festival day.

On Stage Uni at the Fest | Vanessa Gebbie: My Very Short Stories
Garret Theatre

Vanessa Gebbie is a critically acclaimed writer of stories from 10 to 100,000 words. Here she will talk about her very short stories and read from her collections.  

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On Stage Simon Edge: The Hurtle of Hell
Garret Theatre

Chester-born Simon Edge talks about and reads from his new novel, about a gay, pleasure-seeker who – after a near-death experience – realises he may need to change his ways if he is not to end up in hell.

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On Stage Uni at the Fest | Stasi Child: An Interview with David Young
Garret Theatre

David Young talks in conversation with Dr Richard Millington of the University of Chester about his novels, crime in East Germany and the fascinating research and real-life stories behind the Stasi Child series – including world exclusive photos of a daring daylight escape over the Berlin Wall.

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On Stage Uni at the Fest | We Are Our Words
Garret Theatre

Si Poole is concerned with words. As a songwriter, poet, author, academic, researcher and folklorist, in each and every walk of his professional life words have been a cynosure.

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On Stage Uni at the Fest | Quizzical Glance: Two Centuries of Women Cartoonists in Britain
Garret Theatre

After acclaimed appearances at UK literature festivals, on television and radio, join graphic novelists and scholars Simon Grennan and Nicola Streeten as they reveal the exciting and hidden histories of the work of women cartoonists and comic artists in Britain over the last two centuries.

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On Stage Uni at the Fest | Literature and the Every-day
Garret Theatre

Hosted by the Department of Modern Languages University of Chester, Eric Chauvier, the French anthropologist, and Anna-Louise Milne, a specialist in twentieth-century Parisian history and culture, will discuss the creative potential of the everyday. 

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On Stage Uni at the Fest | Ian Seed & William Stephenson
Garret Theatre

Join Ian Seed and William Stephenson for a reading of poetry.

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Festival Chester Literature Festival 2022
Storyhouse

Storyhouse’s annual festival of words and ideas returns this coming autumn.

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