Chester Literature Festival 2022

Two weeks of unmissable events, performances and conversation this autumn
  • Storyhouse

Chester’s annual celebration of the written word will fill Storyhouse with two weeks of unmissable events, performances and conversation this autumn. Special guests include writers, poets, actors and broadcasters.

We are delighted to announce our 2022 Chester Literature Festival full line up, welcoming some of the world’s most exciting writers, poets and thinkers to Storyhouse this autumn. Origin stories and how our childhoods shape who we are is a running theme in this year’s festival.

With extraordinary stories of determination and hope in the face of discrimination and adversity from some of the UK’s biggest cultural heroes David Harewood, Lemn Sissay and Kit de Waal. You can even create your own origin story in our re-inventing British political superheroes workshop.

Literary heavy weights Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Clare Mackintosh and Patrick Gale join us to discuss their latest books and aspiring writers will enjoy our debut writers panel and our flash fiction events.

Our brilliant Storyhouse library team have a myriad of free events that can help you find your next great read – go on a blind date with a book or come along to our book pharmacy for a literary remedy for your maladies.

Or if you like to party with your poetry then look no further than our Poetry Pub Crawl, Cocktails and Cinquains and Luke Wright’s Dance Floor Filler events.

With a bumper programme of brilliant authors, workshops, panel discussions, performances and literary themed events we have something for everyone. We’ll see you there!


Activities Queer Stories
Board Room

Looking to queer figures and their stories as our stimulus and inspiration, this celebratory workshop will focus on both writing and performing spoken word poetry.

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Activities Storyhouse Secret Spies Training Academy
Garret Theatre

Learn new skills, perfect existing ones, earn your Secret Spy badge, make new friends and have lots of fun this February half-term!

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On Stage Dr Amir Khan: Doctor In The House
Storyhouse Theatre

Join everyone’s favourite family doctor, Dr Amir Khan, for a fascinating, heart-warming, and frequently hilarious evening.

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Activities Youth Vibe 18+
Meeting Room

Youth Vibe over 18s is a group for D/deaf, Hearing loss or CODA people ages 18-25 to meet like-minded friends and have fun.

On Stage PopVox Choir Performance
The Kitchen

PopVox Choir is a contemporary fun and friendly choir for adults. They will be performing at Storyhouse as part of Storyhouse women.

On Stage Student Nurses Sing for Health
The Kitchen

Student nurses from Chester University will be showcasing their newly formed choir at Storyhouse.

Past event
Cinema Tori and Lokita (15)

1 hr 29 | A young boy and an adolescent girl, who have travelled to Belgium from Africa, pit their invincible friendship against the cruel conditions of their exile.

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Cinema Preview: Sick of Myself (Cert: TBC)

1 hr 35 | A darkly comic film about terrible people. Signe and Thomas are in an unhealthy competitive relationship that takes a vicious turn

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Cinema Prayers For The Stolen (15)

1 hr 51 | The complex, subtle, tender and heart-rending story of a young girl’s journey to adolescence in a village menaced by drug cartels and people traffickers.

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Cinema Preview: Lunana A Yak In The Classroom (PG)

1 hr 49 | A teacher struggling for inspiration is sent to the remotest school in the world. It takes being so far away to understand the importance of his work.

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