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.

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!

 

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 Cocktails and Cinquains
The Kitchen

What makes a good cocktail? What on earth is a cinquain? And why have we put the two together? If you join us for a night of boisterous beverages and punchy poetry, you might just find out.

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Activities Love Letter to Libraries

During the Literature Festival we’d absolutely love it if you’d tell us what you love most about libraries and reading.

On Stage Luke Wright
Garret Theatre

Luke Wright returns with an all new show with deliciously funny poems set against a backdrop of pandemic politics, ageing parents, and the poet’s quest for JOY! 

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On Stage Luke Wright’s Late Night Dance Floor Fillers (poems)
The Kitchen

Luke Wright offers a second, late night show, where he will serve up banger after banger in a more intimate venue. This is rock’n’roll poetry at its visceral, inventive best.

On Stage Putting History back into Fiction: The Cuckoo Cage from Comma Press
Garret Theatre

Chaired by Ra Page, this panel brings together authors Courttia Newland and Bidisha with the historians who informed their stories. Together they will share the folk tales and true-events from British protest past which have inspired the origin tales for their modern day superheroes.

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Activities Re-inventing the British Superhero – Workshop
Garret Bar

From mind-reading teenagers against deportation to the gig-economy worker’s warrior learn how this Northern radical press created a new breed of political superheroes. And create your own…

On Stage Clare Mackintosh
Garret Theatre

Multi-award-winning author Clare Mackintosh will be talking about her new book – The Last Party – and her new TV series being filmed in Wales.

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Activities Breaking Down the Walls – Creative Writing Workshop Series
Garret Theatre

Join local creative writing tutor Charlie Lea for a series of wellbeing and confidence boosting writing workshops.

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On Stage Reshma Ruia – Still Lives
Garret Theatre

Writer and poet Reshma Ruia comes to Storyhouse this autumn as part of Chester Literature Festival. Her new novel, Still Lives is out now.

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On Stage An Evening with Tony Walsh
Garret Theatre

An evening with Tony Walsh is a rip-roaring rock and roller-coaster ride from a profoundly inspiring artist at the very top of his game. Forget what you imagined a poetry night could be and expect belly-laughs, tears and everything in between.

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Activities Blind Date with a Book

Discover something new as you’re partnered with your perfect book.

On Stage Bez Buzzin’: The Nine Lives of a Happy Monday
Storyhouse Theatre

Come and experience ‘Madchester’ giants Happy Mondays, Mark Berry – forever known to the world as Bez, discussing his extraordinary adult life.

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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 Poetry Pub Crawl
Garret Bar

The poetry pub crawl is back! Join us on a rowdy, fun and joyful journey round the pubs of Chester starting in Storyhouse, hearing poems and songs in each venue.

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On Stage Access All Areas: Behind the Scenes of the Music Industry
Storyhouse Theatre

Join music PR legend Barbara Charone, music journalist and broadcaster Jude Rogers and DJ and film producer Bob Stanley as they discuss new books that focus on amazing stories from the industry over the last 50 years.

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On Stage Celebrating Black British Poetry: Dean Atta and Kayo Chingonyi
Garret Theatre

Dubbed the iPhone poet, Dean Atta and Dylan Thomas prize winner Kayo Chingonyi come together to discuss their individual works alongside More Fiya: A New Collection of Black British Poetry, edited by Chingonyi.

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On Stage Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan – Mad Honey
Storyhouse Theatre

Join bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan as they discuss their new novel MAD HONEY – a moving and powerful exploration of the secrets we keep and the risks we take in order to become ourselves.

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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 Brian Groom: Northerners, from the Ice Age to the Present Day

Brian Groom, author of Northerners: A History, From the Ice Age to the Present Day, will outline 180 million years of history showing how the north’s people have shaped Britain and the world in unexpected ways.

Cinema Moonlight Flicks: Hocus Pocus (PG)
Carriage Shed

1 hr 35 | Teenager Max accidentally awakens a coven of witches and unless he can steal their book of spells there will be trouble ahead.

Cinema Moonlight Flicks: The Craft (15)
Carriage Shed

1 hr 38 | A Catholic school newcomer falls in with a clique of teen witches who wield their powers against all who dare to cross them.

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Cinema Moonlight Flicks: The Lost Boys (15)
Carriage Shed

1 hr 31 | This 1980s grown up take on the ‘Lost Boys’ featuring bad-boy teenage vampires on motorbikes shaking up a sleepy Californian town became an instant cult classic.

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Cinema Moonlight Flicks: What We Do In The Shadows (15)
Carriage Shed

1 hr 23 | Vampire housemates try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster some of the perks of being undead.

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Cinema Moonlight Flicks: Night of The Living Dead (15)
Carriage Shed

1 hr 35 | George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is a story of corpses rising from their graves, possessed by taste for human flesh.

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Cinema Moonlight Flicks: Twilight (12)
Carriage Shed

1 hr 58 | When Bella Swan moves to a small town in the Pacific Northwest, she falls in love with Edward Cullen, a mysterious classmate who reveals himself to be a 108-year-old vampire.

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Cinema Triangle of Sadness (TBC) – London Film Festival Preview

2 hr 20 | After taking on the art world in The Square, Ostlund turns his attention to high fashion and the super-rich in Triangle of Sadness.

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Cinema Decision To Leave (15) – London Film Festival Preview

2 hr 18 | An essential masterwork from the legendary Park Chan-wook, infused with elegance, ingenuity and a knife-edge precision that truly cannot be matched.

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Cinema Call Jane (TBC) – London Film Festival Preview

2 hr 1 | Chicago, 1968. When suburban housewife Joy’s pregnancy leads to a life-threatening condition, she must navigate a medical establishment unwilling to help.

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On Stage Lunchtime Lectures – Stories of the Past: Viewing History through Fiction
Garret Theatre

Dr Chris Green discusses how works of classic fiction, through their depictions of past worlds, can provide a resource for historical study of the period in which the fiction is set.

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