The 2019 Poetry Festival will be 27-29 September. You can start reading up on these excellent poets: 

Julia Copus, Sue Burge, Nick Drake, Helen Ivory, Jo Shapcott, Adam Feinstein, Kit Fan, Matthew Caley and Tim Liardet.

Full details will follow. Why not join our emailing list for earliest details? Email here.

Done and Dusted:

2019 Fiction Festival: 15-17 March


Simon Mawer (Prague Spring), DJ Taylor (Rock and Roll Is Life), Lydia Syson (Mr Peacock’s Possessions), John Fuller 

(The Clock In The Forest), Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott (Swan Song), John Lucas (The Hotel of Dreams and Other Stories), Monisha Rajesh (Around The World In Eighty Trains), 

Robert Edric (Mercury Falling) 

and special guest Richard Blair, talking about life with his father, 

George Orwell, on the 70th anniversary of the publication of 

Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Full details 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.


These festivals have been running in an unbroken annual series since 1984, making this year’s Poetry Festival the 35th in its illustrious history. For a recap and photographs of the previous festival, Poetry 2018, click here.

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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! 

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