For details of September’s Poetry Festival, have a look at the Previous Festival page.

The festival returns over the weekend of 27 to 29 September 2024 (at theTown Hall, as usual)

We look forward to seeing you then.

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 authors of international repute alongside new, from all age ranges and from locations across the world. Meet the writers, hear them reading and buy their books.

Until Covid, these festivals had been running in an unbroken annual series since 1985. We missed 2020 and 2021, so this year’s Poetry Festival is the 37th in its glorious history. This festival is also to be the last under the direction of founder and chairman, Tony Ellis. After a spectacular run, he has decided to step back from the running of these events.

Poet, novelist and festival contributor, John Lucas, has written A Brief History of the King’s Lynn Literature Festivals, 1985 to 2023. Copies are £6.50 including p&p. Email us on to order your copy. All proceeds to the festival.

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Please help keep the pages turning and consider joining our £5-a-month supporters club. You'll be included in occasional prize raffles (prizes of books and cash) and can have a festival weekend pass at half price (usually £40), 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! 

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