Chester Literature Festival will return in autumn 2021.

Chester Literature Festival throughout the years

Chester Literature Festival is one of the UK’s oldest literature festivals. It was established in 1989 by volunteer organisation Chester Arts 89 and booksellers in the city. They programmed a week of activity with a line-up that included a reading by DH Lawrence’s niece. Storyhouse have programmed the festival since 2012. Artist-in-residences have included Ted Hughes Prize-winner Hollie McNish and Sunday Times-bestselling author Lemn Sissay, both of whom have had poems adorning the walls, floors, windows, nooks and crannies of Storyhouse. Lemn’s poems can still be found throughout the building, until Imtiaz Dharker’s poems arrive in November.

Chester Literature Festival
On Stage Susie Dent presents The Secret Lives of Words
Storyhouse Theatre

Take a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day.

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On Stage Dr John Cooper Clarke – The I Wanna Be Yours Tour
Storyhouse Theatre

A mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat.

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On Stage Henry Normal – The Escape Plan
Garret Theatre

An evening of pure escape with stories, jokes and poems from writer, poet and TV and film producer Henry Normal.

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Season On Stage

From musicals, dance and comedy, to opera, drama and family – there’s something for everyone on stage at Storyhouse.

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