Chester Literature Festival

Welcome to Chester Literature Festival 2019
  • Storyhouse Theatre

Michael Morpurgo, Roger McGough and Benjamin Zephaniah are the first names announced for this year’s Chester Literature Festival as it prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The author of over 130 books, Michael Morpurgo’s reputation in the world of children’s books is unmatched, War Horse, Private Peaceful and The Butterfly Lion to name a few. He will be in Chester during his 75th birthday tour on 9 November revealing the secrets nearly 50 years of writing has taught him.

Roger McGough, one of Britain’s best-loved poets, is the author of over seventy books of poetry and editor of numerous anthologies. On 15 November he will discuss his exuberant new collection Joinedupwriting which ranges from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life to the trauma of war and global politics.

Benjamin Zephaniah will be in Chester on 23 November. A friend of Nelson Mandela who fought in the 1980s race riots and recorded radical reggae music with Bob Marley’s former band, Zephaniah was unable to read and write at school but became one of Britain’s most celebrated poets. His first tour in eight years coincides with his autobiography, The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah will be a compelling and inspiring show, Zephaniah will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable life, while sharing a selection of his favourite stories and poems.

Storyhouse has programmed the festival since 2012, its artists in residence have included Ted Hughes Prize winner Hollie McNish and Poet Laureate for Canterbury Lemn Sissay, whose poems can currently be seen adorning the walls, floors, nooks and crannies of Storyhouse.

The rest of the programme will be announced throughout the year.

On Stage An Evening with Michael Morpurgo
Storyhouse Theatre

Join one of the UK’s best-loved authors as he shares his gift for magical storytelling and reveals the secrets nearly 50 years of writing has taught him.

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On Stage Neil Oliver: The Story of Britain in 100 Places
Storyhouse Theatre

Neil Oliver was born to love Great Britain. During his 20 years travelling to every corner, and whilst filming BBC2’s Coast, he’s fallen in love all over again.

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On Stage Roger McGough: joinedupwriting
Storyhouse Theatre

Roger McGough’s exuberant new collection joinedupwriting contains his signature wit, irreverence and vivacity, showcasing the nation’s favourite poet at his finest.

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On Stage Austentatious

A cast of the country’s quickest comic performers conjures up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.

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On Stage The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah
Storyhouse Theatre

In a compelling and inspiring show, Benjamin Zephaniah talks about his remarkable life while sharing a selection of favourite stories and poems.

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Season On Stage 2019

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