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 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 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 Arts and Crafts at Local Libraries
Ellesmere Port Library, Weaverham Library, Upton Library, Malpas Library, Great Boughton Library, Barnton Library, Blacon Library, Wharton Library, Tattenhall Library, Tarporley Library, Northwich Library, Winsford Library, Helsby Library, Hope Farm Library, Little Sutton Library, Frodsham Library, Lache Library, Neston Library, Sandiway Library, Tarvin Library

Arts and crafts activities happening at libraries across Chester and Cheshire West as part of WayWord Festival.

Activities Triple Spiral Storytellers
Meeting Room

An informal, monthly, oral storytelling group to share traditional stories, folk tales, myths and legends all told from the heart, not read from a book.

Cinema Fisherman’s Friends: One and All (12A)

1 hr 51 | After the highs of performing on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury, the group struggle with their second album.

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Cinema See How They Run (12A)

1 hr 38 | In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after the film’s Hollywood director is murdered.

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Cinema Official Competition (TBC)

1 hr 54 | An independent cinema darling is approached by ageing business mogul to make a film that he hopes will be his legacy for the world.

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On Stage Lunchtime Lectures: A Home in Shifting Sands
Garret Theatre

Architect and Lecturer, Simon Winter, will explore a selection of ideas relating the appropriateness of current housing and the places we call home.

Activities Family Crafts in the Park
Mon 2pm
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Join members of the library team for craft activities under the tepee, come rain or shine, at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.

On Stage Ginny Lemon & Sister Sister: You Keep Me Hangin’ On Tour
Storyhouse Theatre

Breakout stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 2 (and the two most despised queens), Ginny Lemon & Sister Sister are trying to bring you the most disappointing drag show you’ve ever seen! 

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Activities Dinosaur Craft
Tomorrow 11am; Sun 11am
The Den

Stig the Caveman has just read about the dinosaurs that roamed the earth before him and would like to make some to decorate his cave. Why not make your very own paper plate dinosaur to take home too?

Activities Storyhouse Queer – Have Your Say
Online, Garret Bar

Storyhouse Queer will take place Friday 24 – Sunday 26 February 2023 and need your help to to fill Storyhouse with queer-led events, workshops, talks and performances to inspire and entertain you.

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