The Poetry Festival 2021 couldn’t go ahead this September. But fingers crossed for the 

Fiction Festival, 11-13 March 2022


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All events at the Town Hall on the Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn PE30 5DQ, ///what3words: cakes.number.hints 

Full details of the 2020 Fiction Festival are on the Previous Festival page.

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 have been running in an unbroken annual series since 1984, making this year’s Poetry Festival the 36th in its illustrious history. For a recap and photographs of the previous festival, Fiction, March 2020, click here.

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Lockdown Landscape

An exhibition of new work by friend of our festival, Alison Dunhill, painted during and in response to lockdown around King’s Lynn and the River Great Ouse.

At the Fermoy Gallery, King’s Lynn PE30 1EU

1st-15th October 2021, open every day 11am-4pm. 

Free entry.

Buy Alison’s poetry pamphlet, As Pure As Coal Dust - winner of the James Tate Poetry Prize 2021. Email us for a copy £6 all in, or Click here to buy from Survision.

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 £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! 

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