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 broadcasts – and the first names have been announced! More names and the full line-up of events will be revealed later this summer.

Priority Booking opens for Members on Tuesday 28 June at 10am.
General booking opens Wednesday 29 June at 10am.

Chester Literature Festival 2022
On Stage An Evening with Graham Norton
Storyhouse Theatre

Hilarious and heart-warming, don’t miss the chance to spend an evening with one of the UK’s most loved personalities. 

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On Stage Patrick Gale: Mother’s Boy
Storyhouse Theatre

From the bestselling author of A Place Called Winter comes Mother’s Boy, a superb historical novel of Cornwall, class, desire and two world wars.

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On Stage Joanne Harris #Storytime
Garret Theatre

Intimate, engaging, quirky and darkly magical, appealing to audiences of all ages, but especially lovers of folklore, fantasy and fairytale. 

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On Stage An Afternoon with David Harewood
Storyhouse Theatre

Birmingham born David Harewood discusses his first book Maybe I Don’t Belong Here. Part of Chester Literature Festival.

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On Stage Lemn Sissay: My Name is Why
Storyhouse Theatre

This is Lemn’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.

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On Stage Kit De Waal
Garret Theatre

Author of international bestseller My Name Is Leon, Kit De Waal, comes to Chester Literature Festival.

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Activities ….But it’s special to ME!’
Garret Bar

During this fun, interactive session, children will learn about the value of their voice, they’ll be given a platform and an opportunity to be heard talking and listening.

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Activities I’m not a stick, why can’t you see?
Storytelling Room

This session explores the power of spoken word. Together, we explore the classic Julia Donaldson tale of Stick Man and creative alternative adventures for stick man and his family.

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Cinema The Feast (18)

1 hr 33 | When a wealthy family and their guests gather for a dinner party in the remote Welsh countryside, they have little idea of what awaits them.

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Cinema Mr. Malcolm’s List (PG – TBC)

1 hr 57 | Julia Thistlewaite is jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor, Mr. Malcolm. Feeling humiliated, she convinces her friend to play the role of his ideal match.

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Cinema The Harder They Come (15)

1 hr 42 | Jimmy Cliff brings a knockout soundtrack and charisma aplenty to this classic crime drama which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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On Stage The Snow Queen
Storyhouse Theatre

Priority Booking for members is open now! General booking opens on 5 September. Become a member here for Priority Booking…

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Cinema Blind Ambition (12A) Preview Screening + Recorded Q&A
Thu 6.15pm

1 hr 35 | This immensely enjoyable documentary profiles the unique lives of four sommeliers as they travel to France to enter the World Wine Tasting Championship.

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Cinema A Chiara (15)
Sat 8pm; Sun 8.30pm + more times

2 hr 1 | A gritty neorealist drama set in Italy that tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl grappling with the sins of her father.

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Activities Auditions: Young Clare

THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE: THE MUSICAL TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR THE ROLE OF YOUNG CLARE ON MONDAY 25 JULY AT 12NOON…

Cinema NT Live: The Seagull (12A – TBC)

3 hrs | Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut in this 21st century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness.

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