Chester Literature Festival

Welcome to Chester Literature Festival 2021
  • Storyhouse

We’re excited to announce that Benjamin Zephaniah is this year’s Artist in Residence, and his work will be emblazoned across Storyhouse. Find out more.

Chester Literature Festival returns to Storyhouse this autumn with three weeks of fun and thought-provoking events, performances and conversations.

This year’s festival, which is one of the longest-running annual literature events in the country, takes place from 6-20 November with a packed programme of visiting poets, writers, broadcasters, wordsmiths and actors. Explore the events below – even more to be announced soon.

Chester Literature Festival
Activities Storytime
The Kitchen

Local children’s authors will be telling tales and sharing stories for all ages.

Activities Human Library
The Kitchen

The Human Library aims to break down stereotypes and ‘unlabel’ the labels that we put on people through a ‘library’ – each ‘book’ is a person, and the title of the book is the label they have been given.

Activities Science Fiction as Activism with Ama Josephine
Garret Theatre

Join Ama Josephine Budge for a stimulating writing workshop that explores how to write, read and think about science fiction as activism.

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On Stage Your Voices
The Kitchen

Your Voices is a celebration of both established and emerging local talent, and a chance for everyone to stay for a drink, talk to the writers and maybe buy a book too.

On Stage Susie Dent presents The Secret Lives of Words
Storyhouse Theatre

Take a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day.

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On Stage The Midnight Library – A Panel Discussion
Garret Theatre

A fly-on-the-wall type event inspired by Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library with Emi Howe (Sociologist, Body Therapist and TEDx speaker), Leana Hughes (Councellor, major accident survivor), and Gregory Starbuck (Integrative Counsellor).

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On Stage Unlocked: Writing from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2020
The Kitchen

Join the contributors of Unlocked: Writing from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2020 as they celebrate the launch of the Anthology with readings from the collection.

On Stage Black Girl Book Club – A Celebration
Garret Bar, Garret Theatre

Join Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A. Carter (Black Girls Book Club) in a Q&A that explores their writing process and all the events leading up to the release of their book – Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up.

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Activities Illustrating for the Culture
The Kitchen

A workshop centred around what good representation looks like and how to achieve it. Whether you’re an illustrator, an advocate, or even if you just enjoy colouring in. All are welcome to this fun and insightful session.

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On Stage Black Joy
The Kitchen

Love, literature, friendship, music, carnival, travel, dance, work, nature, food – Black Joy can be found in so many places.

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On Stage Childlessness in Literature
Garret Theatre

A panel discussion event on childlessness (not by choice) in literature. Hear from four guests talking about a book which could be factual, a memoir, or fiction.

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On Stage Healing in the Community and the Future of Activism
Storyhouse Theatre

Get up, get active and advocate! Now more than ever, the importance and critical role community plays has become apparent. With 2020 highlighting the long-standing issues of racial justice, this event will leave with you feeling reflective but ready to take action.

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On Stage Frontline Chat: Talking Cops & Comedy
Storyhouse Theatre

Join Britain’s Got Talent finalist Dave Wardell, the UK’s most famous Twitter cop Harry Tangye and internationally recognised comedian Arthur Smith for an evening of talking cops and comedy.

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On Stage Hidden Lives and the Journey to Becoming Our Authentic Selves
Garret Theatre

Body Positive Community Development Worker, Colin Avery talks to fellow members of Silver Rainbows on the theme of ‘What does it take to be your authentic self?’

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On Stage Austentatious – The Improvised Jane Austen Novel
Storyhouse Theatre

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 Dr John Cooper Clarke – The I Wanna Be Yours Tour
Storyhouse Theatre

A mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat.

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Activities Booky Dip
The Den

Take a chance, dip your hand into our ‘Booky Dip’ and choose a mystery book.

Activities Blind Date with a Book

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

Activities DIY Zine Making Workshop with sweet-thang zine
The Kitchen

Want to learn how to start, create and maintain your own zine? Then come along to Sweet-Thang Zine making workshop with sweet-thang Founder Zoe Thompson.

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On Stage Cupid’s Revenge
Storyhouse Theatre

The latest dance theatre comedy show by groundbreaking performance company, New Art Club, is a joyful, physical and verbal outburst against the forces that masquerade as love.

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On Stage Married But Lonely
Garret Theatre

Two Write Productions present Married But Lonely Written and directed by Chris Leicester Jerry’s wife has recently died. Within 48…

Guide On stage

A stunning season this autumn of comedy, theatre, music including Hollie McNish’s “bold and dynamic piece of accessible theatre” (The…

Guide Storyhouse Cinema

At Storyhouse you can see the best new, vintage, cult and family films in a cosy, boutique cinema.

Guide Literature events in Chester

Storyhouse presents a range of workshops and events perfect for bookworms and aspiring writers alike. Here’s what you can see…

Guide Live Music Chester

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Guide Family Events in Chester

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Guide Comedy

Whether it’s a headliner you’ll know from television, the hottest up and coming acts, or a comedic theatre show, you’ll never have to wait long to see something funny.

Guide Outdoor events in Chester

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Guide Nights Out

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