Learn more about social voices at this year’s Literature Festival

Social justice takes centre stage throughout the building. The author of one of the year’s hottest books brings an impassioned love letter to the NHS; you can get a unique and fascinating insight into the criminal justice system; or join an impassioned call to arms to transform the way we live now by an award-winning filmmaker and philosopher, plus many more.

What's happening in Chester Literature Festival?

On Stage An Evening with Christie Watson
Sun 7.30pm
Storyhouse Theatre

Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Her most recent bestselling book, The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story is an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.

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On Stage William Clegg QC: Under The Wig
Storyhouse Theatre

Leading murder lawyer, William Clegg QC, reveals tricks of the trade and provides an inside account of top criminal trials. Meet London’s top murder case lawyer as he meets clients in prisons, confronts witnesses in packed courts and frees innocent people jailed for decades.

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On Stage Francesca Martinez with Raoul Martinez – Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for our Future
Garret Theatre

Francesca Martinez talks to Raoul Martinez about his book Creating Freedom, which calls for a profound transformation in the way we think about how we live. 

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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 Lucy Siegle: Turning the Tide on Plastic
Sun 2pm
Storyhouse Theatre

Every year, enough plastic is thrown away to circle the world 4 times and it is estimated that if decisive action is not taken, pieces of plastic will outnumber fish in the ocean by 2050.
Journalist, broadcaster and eco-expert Lucy Siegle is leading a call to arms to end the plastic pandemic.

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On Stage Uni at the Fest | We Are Our Words
Garret Theatre

Si Poole is concerned with words. As a songwriter, poet, author, academic, researcher and folklorist, in each and every walk of his professional life words have been a cynosure.

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Festival Chester Literature Festival

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