York Literature Festival

Politics, history, football and feminism will all be discussed by the headlining artists at this year’s York Literature Festival.

This year’s York Literature Festival, that will take place in the city between the 19 and 29 March, will include headlining artists such as Dr David Starkey, Jenni Murray, Polly Toynbee and Helen Lederer – an impressive line-up for the event that has inspired local writers year after year.
The festival is an established event on the national literary festival scene, and this year it’s set to celebrate its ninth year with a bigger and more eclectic programme than ever before – including talks by many nationally-renowned writers, workshops with literary agents for the aspiring writers out there, book readings, and numerous other events where anyone with a love of the printed word can converse with like-minded enthusiasts.

“This year it’s set to celebrate its ninth year with a bigger and more eclectic programme than ever before.”

“Whether you are looking for political insight from some of the country’s best-known commentators like Polly Toynbee and Matthew d’Ancona, stories from behind the microphone from BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour’s Jenni Murray, or hilarious anecdotes from comedienne and star of Absolutely Fabulous, Helen Lederer, there’s an event for you,” comments Festival Director, Miles Salter. “We also celebrate much of York’s own literary talent, with a chance to hear from local authors including Carole Bromley, Nuala Casey, a football-themed Evening with The Minstermen, and even walks around the city to find the places where authors have lived and found inspiration within the city walls.”

Blackbeard's Tea Party

Blackbeard’s Tea Party

“York recently secured the UK’s first designation of UNESCO City of Media Arts, which is relevant to the many authors who are now turning to digital self-publishing as a means of reaching a wider audience, and the literature festival provides a great opportunity for writers from York and beyond to learn from the best about writing for a potentially global audience,” added Miles.
The festival, which is sponsored by York St John University, is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers. Partner organisations include York Theatre Royal, Visit York, St Peter’s School, York Museums Trust, Waterstones, City Screen Cinema and University of York. Additional support comes from City of York Council’s Community York fund.
If you’re interested in the written word or even if you just want to absorb the atmosphere of the event then this is something you won’t want to miss.

Tickets are on sale now via York Theatre Royal Box Office: 01904 623568 and the full programme can be downloaded at www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk. You can also follow the updates by following the Twitter account @YorkLitFest.