The King's Lynn Literature Festivals are held during a single weekend in March (Fiction) and September (Poetry) each year. Our guiding principle, initiated by King's Lynn's finest, Tony Ellis and co-founder, the late George MacBeth, is to present some of the best contemporary writers of chapter and verse in a friendly and informal setting. You will see writers of international repute alongside new, from all age ranges and from locations across the world. Meet the authors, hear them reading and buy their books.
These festivals have been running in an unbroken annual series since 1984, making this year’s Poetry Festival the 34th in its illustrious history. For a recap and photographs of the previous festival, Fiction 2018, click here.
Follow us on twitter @lynnlitfests for occasional communiqués, lures and jollies.
Press information, press release and high resolution author photographs will be available here nearer the festival.
Please help keep the pages turning and consider joining our £5-a-month supporters club. You'll be included in a monthly raffle (prizes of books and cash) and can obtain a festival weekend pass at half price (usually £37.50), for one festival a year. Funds generated are used exclusively to help finance our festivals. Please contact us for details - thank you.
Praise from Pascale Petit on launching her collection, Mama Amazonica, at our festival in 2017:
Thank you for a magnificent festival, one of my favourites, as you can tell since I returned for my fourth book launch at King’s Lynn! The audience was hugely appreciative, which is so rewarding, and I signed loads of books. Everything was divine, from the bagpipes at the station, to the illustrious venue, heartwarming parties, and the kind hosts who took great care of me. I really appreciate the warmth of your welcome and how you ply us with super-tasty poetry, champagne and meals!
For the 2019 Fiction Festival, 15-17 March, you can start reading up on Simon Mawer (Prague Spring) and DJ Taylor (Rock and Roll Is Life), Lydia Syson (Mr Peacock’s Possessions). Additional names will, of course, follow. Watch this space.
We are eternally grateful for support from: