Chester Literature Festival

Welcome to Chester Literature Festival 2019
  • Storyhouse Theatre

This year Chester Literature Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary with 128 events from 9-30 November 2019, featuring major authors, storytellers, broadcasters and poets with performance and discussion across the festival.

Authors Armistead Maupin and Michael Morpurgo, poets Imtiaz Dharker, Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay and writer and TV presenter Nadiya Hussain top the bill alongside a raft of writers, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists.

“We are delighted to bring such a rich programme to Chester in the Chester Literature Festival’s 30th anniversary year. Our artist in residence Imtiaz Dharker has produced stunningly beautiful illustrations and words for our walls and we can’t wait to bring her curated events to life. This year we explore cultural identity across our programme, with themes of ethnicity, religion, disability and physicality, generation, sexuality and gender, class, parenthood and the care system, and belonging and displacement in all their forms. We hope you’ll find a home at Storyhouse during this year’s festival.”
Sam Bain, Senior Programme Manager, Storyhouse.

 

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. It’s artist-in-residences have included Ted Hughes Prize-winner Hollie McNish and Sunday Times-bestselling author Lemn Sissay, both of whom’s poems have adorned 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
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Activities Adult Arts & Crafts
The Kitchen

Join the Storyhouse engagement team as they introduce you to some craft activities suitable for beginners – come along to meet some like-minded people.

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Activities Poet-Tree
The Den

Young poets of Chester: come and read a poem – either one we have at the library, or one you’ve written yourself – to our special Poet-Tree to help it grow!

On Stage Imtiaz Dharker

Poet, artist and filmmaker Imtiaz Dharker is 2019’s Chester Literature Festival Guest Director and Artist in Residence. Her poems and…

On Stage Litfest Elevenses
The Kitchen

Listen to a short reading from a local author, poet or storyteller to start the Literature Festival day.

On Stage Four O’Clock Story
The Kitchen

A chance for the whole family to pull up a beanbag, get comfy and listen to a wide variety of storytellers and tales.

On Stage What Young Adult Fiction Means To Us
Garret Theatre

Come and join the discussion as members of Young Storyhouse chat with Sara Barnard about Young Adult fiction.

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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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