Chester Literature Festival

Welcome to Chester Literature Festival 2017
  • Storyhouse

What's happening in Chester Literature Festival?

Welcome to the autumn and our annual Literature Festival taking place in its incredible new storytelling home – Storyhouse.
This year’s festival of words has a weekend of events and installations directed by award-winning poet Hollie McNish, so expect to be immersed in her poetry in the most unexpected locations…

A raft of talented writers is set to make this year’s Chester Literature Festival a celebration of all the wonderful things that Storyhouse has already achieved in its first six months. These are inclusive, exciting, high quality events that will entertain, inform and provoke. Get up close to your favourite writers and experience poetry, history, fiction, music, politics, and even a pub crawl; Chester Literature Festival will brighten up a wonderful week this autumn.

On Stage Simon Yates: My Mountain Life
Garret Theatre

One of the most accomplished exploratory mountaineers of all time. Simon Yates is best known for his role in the…

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On Stage Simon Savidge: Blogging Workshop
Meeting Room

Is writing a blog different to other writing? Learn from someone who has built an audience and is one of…

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Gordon Brown: My Life, Our Times

Storyhouse welcomes a giant of British politics to Chester to talk about his new memoir, My Life, Our Times. Gordon…

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On Stage One to One Sessions with a Literary Agent
Meeting Room

Have you written a book that should be published? Lucy Morris works at world famous literary agent Curtis Brown, with…

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On Stage Katie Kirby: Hurrah for Gin

Katie Kirby writes the immensely popular and hugely funny blog Hurrah For Gin. With her famous stick men drawings she…

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On Stage Jeremy Vine: What I Learnt

In the age of Brexit and Donald Trump, is the world now being run by Radio 2 listeners? If you…

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On Stage Roderick Williams & Ensemble Deva

Baritone Roderick Williams is accompanied by Storyhouse’s Ensemble Deva for this wonderfully atmospheric new setting of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 1798…

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On Stage Lemn Sissay: Something Dark

Lemn Sissay returns to the Chester Literature Festival, this time performing a dramatic full stage reading of his award winning…

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On Stage Adverse Camber: Dreaming the Night Field
Garret Theatre

The ancient Celtic legend of The Mabinogion comes to the fore again (after the festival’s Petals and Claws activity) as…

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On Stage Ben Fogle: English

What makes the English English? Is it their eccentricity, their passionate love (or, indeed, hatred) of Marmite – or is…

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On Stage LipService: Mr Darcy Loses the Plot

Award-winning comedy duo LipService, makers of Withering Looks and Inspector Norse celebrate Jane Austen’s life 200 years on. Jane Austen…

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On Stage The Devil’s Violin: Stolen
Garret Theatre

A young woman goes missing. The search for her uncovers secrets which threaten to destroy her family…. The Devil’s Violin…

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On Stage Jeremy Vine: What I Learnt

In the age of Brexit and Donald Trump, is the world now being run by Radio 2 listeners? If you…

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On Stage Laura Barnett & Kathryn Williams: Greatest Hits
Garret Theatre

Laura Barnett, bestselling author of The Versions of Us, and Mercury-nominated singer Kathryn Williams come together to present a special…

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