Choose fiction at this year’s Literature Festival

Get lost in your next read, as we welcome some of the nation’s most popular novelists. The perfect page-turners for an autumnal read, whether you’re looking for a book club title or something just for you.

What's happening in Chester Literature Festival?

On Stage An Evening with Joanna Trollope
Today 7.30pm
Storyhouse Theatre

Joanna Trollope has been writing for over thirty years and is well known for her enormously successful contemporary works of fiction.  She has been described as one of the most insightful chroniclers and social commentators writing fiction today

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On Stage Patrick Gale: Take Nothing With You
Garret Theatre

Leaving your childhood behind is easier said than done…   Take Nothing With You is a sad-funny comedy of resilience and survival.  His…

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On Stage Wolf Hall Live
Storyhouse Theatre

Accompanying Thomas Cromwell’s machinations and hushed conversations in shadowy palace corners was original music by Debbie Wiseman, performed by members of The Locrian Ensemble of London; the soundtrack CD reached no.1 in the classical charts. Debbie and the Ensemble perform selections from her acclaimed score, alongside extracts from Wolf Hall and its first sequel Bring Up The Bodies read by Anton Lesser - who played Thomas More in the BBC series. 

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On Stage An Evening with John Simpson
Storyhouse Theatre

In this fascinating evening John Simpson will introduce his new book Moscow, Midnight, a fast paced and revelatory thriller, as well as talking about some of the difficult and often dangerous situations he has faced as a reporter.

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On Stage Horatio Clare – The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal
Garret Theatre

In this moving and lyrical evocation of a British winter and the feelings it inspires, Horatio Clare raises a torch against the darkness, illuminating the blackest corners of the season, and delving into memory and myth to explore the powerful hold that winter has on us.

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On Stage Uni at the Fest | Vanessa Gebbie: My Very Short Stories
Garret Theatre

Vanessa Gebbie is a critically acclaimed writer of stories from 10 to 100,000 words. Here she will talk about her very short stories and read from her collections.  

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On Stage Simon Edge: The Hurtle of Hell
Sun 12.30pm
Garret Theatre

Chester-born Simon Edge talks about and reads from his new novel, about a gay, pleasure-seeker who – after a near-death experience – realises he may need to change his ways if he is not to end up in hell.

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On Stage Uni at the Fest | Stasi Child: An Interview with David Young
Tomorrow 6pm
Garret Theatre

David Young talks in conversation with Dr Richard Millington of the University of Chester about his novels, crime in East Germany and the fascinating research and real-life stories behind the Stasi Child series – including world exclusive photos of a daring daylight escape over the Berlin Wall.

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Festival Chester Literature Festival

Storyhouse’s annual festival of words and ideas returns this coming autumn.