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York Literature Festival 2017

York Literature Festival

York Literature Festival 2017
16 - 30 March 2017
Promoting the arts in York, with an emphasis on literature, spoken word and poetry. We also feature music, comedy, cinema and theatre in our programme. The festival takes place annually in March.

Who's at York Literature Festival?

This year has seen a dramatic change in the festivalís management structure following a successful application to the Charity Commission and the formation of a Board of Trustees. The result is the largest programme we have ever delivered, with more than 60 events in two weeks!

The 2017 festival programme starts with a special performance from Joanne Harris and the #Storytime Band in the magnificent setting of the De Grey Rooms. Other events include Mark Gatiss, Michael Palin, Sue Perkins, Sarah Hall, Michel Faber, Dan Cruickshank, Jonathan Dimbleby, Gervase Phinn, and Christina Lamb. There is a special event involving the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017, including readings from Claire Fuller and Julia Rochester. The programme concludes with an audience with the Yorkshire Rows, who will tell us the story of their amazing Atlantic rowing challenge.

There are plenty of workshops too, including an exclusive One-Day Creative Writing Conference from our partners at Writers and Artists. Other workshops will focus on writing short stories, poetry, contemporary Gothic and a river walk and creative writing workshop afternoon. This year we are also joined by Apples and Snakes, who will be running a selection of spoken word workshops and events.

This year also sees the exciting introduction of the York Literature Festival HUB, an additional programme of events run by writing groups in the local area, all taking place within York Theatre Royal. We hope that HUB will provide an extra dimension to the overall festival, showcasing some of the talent that York and the surrounding area has to offer. Full details of the HUB programme will be coming soon, so watch this space!

Once again, our thanks go to our headline sponsors, Baillie Gifford, and to our ever-expanding list of local partners: York St John University, St Peterís School, Make It York, Explore York Libraries and Archives and York Theatre Royal, who are making a welcome return to the festival following their extensive renovations.

Please follow us on Twitter @YorkLitFest and spread the word about the festival. There are many fantastic events this year, so there should be something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you in March. Our Festival Team will be the ones in the blue t-shirts!

Full details of events and ticket prices can be found at

York Mix Poetry Competition 2017 Submit poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. Poems must be original work and not previously published in a collection or anthology, newspaper or poetry magazine. See full details on our website: DEADLINE: 28 February 2017.

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