Fall in love with poetry at this year’s Literature Festival

As well as adorning the walls, floors, nooks and crannies of the building, you can enjoy glorious, challenging and moving poetry at this year’s festival.

What's happening in Chester Literature Festival?

On Stage Lemn Sissay in Conversation with Jenni Fagan
Storyhouse Theatre

An unique event created and hosted by Lemn Sissay, Chester Literature Festival’s guest poet in residence, exploring stories of resilience from people who have experienced the care system.

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On Stage Ross Sutherland: Imaginary Advice Live
Garret Theatre

Poetic polymath Ross Sutherland presents a special live edition of his award-winning podcast series Imaginary Advice – one of the most popular storytelling podcasts in the UK (Best Fiction Podcast, The British Podcast Awards; Best Podcasts for Fiction, The Telegraph; Top Fifty Podcasts, Stylist).

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On Stage Luke Wright: Frankie Vah
Garret Theatre

Luke Wright’s verse play deals with love, loss and belief, against a backdrop of skuzzy indie venues and 80s politics. Expect frenetic guitars, visceral verse and a Morrissey-sized measure of heartache.

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On Stage Hollie McNish
Storyhouse 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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On Stage An Evening with Pam Ayres
Tue 7.30pm
Storyhouse Theatre

Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. Funny and warm, her charming understated manner belies a rare comic precision. Her hair-trigger timing, her eye for the absurd details of everyday life, and unforgettable turn of phrase, combine to make her a true national treasure.

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On Stage Uni at the Fest | Ian Seed & William Stephenson
Garret Theatre

Join Ian Seed and William Stephenson for a reading of poetry.

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On Stage Uni at the Fest | Dr Bill Hughes
Garret Theatre

Dr Bill Hughes takes a practical approach to this question of how we should best experience poetry. Part discussion and part performance, this event will also ask ‘what is performance poetry?’ 

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On Stage Poetry Pub Crawl
Chester Town Hall

The always-popular Poetry Pub Crawl is back for 2016 with writer Molly Naylor and indie-fold legend Gavin Osborn take you…

Festival Chester Literature Festival

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