Chester Literature Festival

Welcome to Chester Literature Festival 2018
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Storyhouse’s annual festival of words and ideas returns from 10 November – 1 December, with its biggest line-up yet!

Speakers including best-selling authors, broadcasters, poets, performers and more, alongside workshops, performances lectures, storytelling and pub crawls, throughout Storyhouse this November.

Highlight speakers include poets Lemn Sissay, Luke Wright and Hollie McNish, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson and broadcasters Jenni Murray, Dolly Alderton, John Simpson and Pam Ayres, who top the bill alongside a raft of novelists, musicians and performers fresh from Edinburgh Fringe.

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On Stage Lauren Child in conversation
Garret Theatre

A conversation with Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, creator of Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola.

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On Stage An Afternoon with Stacey Dooley
Storyhouse Theatre

In 2007, Stacey Dooley was a twenty-something working in fashion retail. She took part in the BBC series Blood, Sweat…

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On Stage An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson
Storyhouse Theatre

An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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On Stage Jodi Picoult
Storyhouse Theatre

A tantalising prelude to our Literature Festival!  Join us for an evening with Jodi Picoult, the day before publication of…

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On Stage Litfest Elevenses
The Kitchen

LitFest Elevenses – every day (10 November to 1 December) at 11am   LitFest Elevenses is Chester Literature Festival’s morning…

On Stage Hollie McNish
Garret Theatre

Hollie McNish will be joining us to perform poems, read from and chat honestly and openly from her latest poetry collections. Expect strong language as she talks fruit and flesh, guilt, sex, politics, death, breasts, transformers and more.

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The Wizard of Oz

Coming to Storyhouse this Christmas: based on the classic MGM musical motion picture, featuring all the favourite songs, including Somewhere Over The Rainbow and We’re Off To See The Wizard.

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