York Literature Festival

York Literature Festival prides itself on having a diverse range of events including talks, lectures, panels, debates, performances, storytelling pieces and workshops. It features both fiction (literary, contemporary and genre-based), non-fiction and poetry while focusing on a number of themes including history, current affairs and a small programme for children.

Events at York St John University

Contemporary Poetry Now! The York Centre for Writing Poetry Series
Thursday 19 March 2020, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Join York Centre for Writing for a special York Poetry Series event, where poets Khairani Barokka, Fran Lock and Mary-Jean Chan will read their work and discuss poetry and its resurgent success and development in the 21st century.


Turn Family History into Family Narrative
Friday 20 March 2020, 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Come to workshops with Creative Nonfiction writers Ursula Hurley (University of Salford) and Helen Pleasance (York St John University) to explore how you can start to unlock those stories through memory, interview and archival research. Bring along archival materials, such as photographs or heirlooms, if you would like to.


New Writing North Read Regional Showcase
Monday 23 March 2020, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Discover exciting new books from the North of England with New Writing North's Read Regional campaign. We'll be joined by award-winning poet Keith Hutson and author Lara Williams, winner of the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2019. 


York St John Creative Writing Showcase
Tuesday 24 March 2020, 8.00pm - 10.30pm
An evening of readings and performances by students and special guests giving a taster of emerging contemporary fiction, poetry, and non-fiction from this year’s anthology.


How to Get Published - Agent, Publisher and Editor Panel
Wednesday 25 March 2020, 7pm - 8.30pm
A panel of expert publishers, agents and editors will give advice about how to get published. Come armed with all your questions about the publishing industry. Includes experts on scripts, prose and poetry.


Festival Highlights

Catherine Fox and Anglican Women
Thursday 19 March 2020, 7pm - 8.30pm
Discover a diverse range of Anglican women writers with Catherine Fox, author of the Lindchester trilogy, Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby and Prof Alison Shell. 

Salon du Chocolat!
Friday 20 March 2020, 7.30pm
An intimate storytelling salon combining mouthwatering chocolate treats with tales of the secret, banned and scandalous from authors such as Lord Byron, Mae West and Joanne Harris. 

The Trouble with Nietzsche
Saturday 21 March 2020, 7.30pm
A one-act play by Off the Rock Productions exploring the crippling doubts suffered by a budding writer. The performance will be followed by a discussion about the mental health of authors with the play's writer and director. 

Melanie Reid - The World I Fell Out Of
Tuesday 24 March 2020, 8.30pm
Join Times Magazine columnist, Melanie Reid, as she discusses her account of her year in hospital following a serious spinal injury, with novelist Sarah Maine. 

Polari Literary Salon
Thursday 26 March 2020, 7.45pm - 10.00pm
London's award-winning LGBT+ literary salon comes to York with its trademarked showcase of the best in emerging and established LGBT+ literary talent. 


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