Celebrate women at this year’s Literature Festival

With events including last year’s poet-in-residence, an award-winning public speaking expert, and the host of BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, there’s plenty of inspiring women for everyone to learn from.

What's happening in Chester Literature Festival?

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 Afternoon with Jenni Murray
Storyhouse Theatre

The inimitable Jenni Murray celebrates great women from around the world rescuing some from obscurity and shining a new light a familiar names.  She has met and interviewed many of the women featured.

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On Stage Viv Groskop: How Women Own The Room: The Art Of Brilliant Speaking
Sat 2.30pm
Garret Theatre

Most books about public speaking don’t tell you what to do when you open your mouth and nothing comes out. And they don’t tell you how to get over the anxiety about performance that most people naturally have. They don’t tell you what to do in the moments when you are made, as a woman, to feel small. They don’t tell you how to own the room. This book does.

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On Stage Dolly Alderton: Everything I Know About Love LIVE
Storyhouse Theatre

Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton’s bestselling debut book, Everything I Know About Love, weaves together personal stories…

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On Stage An Evening with Nigella Lawson
Storyhouse Theatre

Nigella Lawson established herself as a household name in 1998 with the publication of her groundbreaking debut cookbook, How to…

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On Stage Uni at the Fest | Quizzical Glance: Two Centuries of Women Cartoonists in Britain
Garret Theatre

After acclaimed appearances at UK literature festivals, on television and radio, join graphic novelists and scholars Simon Grennan and Nicola Streeten as they reveal the exciting and hidden histories of the work of women cartoonists and comic artists in Britain over the last two centuries.

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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 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 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 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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Festival Chester Literature Festival

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