Literature Festivals

King’s Lynn


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. Tickets are £8.50 per session, or £37.50 for a weekend pass. Students are welcome at the concessionary price of £1 per event, or £5 for a weekend pass. Please see
Contacts & Tickets page for details.

These festivals have been running in an unbroken annual series since 1984, making 2018's Poetry Festival the 34th in its illustrious history.

A write-up of 25 years of the Fiction Festival (2013) appeared in print in the Lynn News. Read all about it here, on its website.

For a recap and photographs of the previous festival, Fiction 2018, click here.

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Praise indeed from Pascale Petit, after launching her collection, Mama Amazonica, at our poetry 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! 


Without doubt, you're planning ahead to the Poetry Festival. It will be over the weekend of 28-30 September 2018. Names confirmed so far include the exceptional German poet Jan Wagner, Icelandic poet Gerdur Kristny and homegrowns Wendy Cope, Michael Laskey, Esther Morgan, Tiffany Atkinson, Hugo Williams and Ian Duhig. More will follow.

We are eternally grateful for support from:

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Wendy Cope

Ian Duhig

Tiffany Atkinson

Hugo Williams

Esther Morgan

Gerdur Kristny

Michael Laskey

Pauline Stainer

Sue Leigh

Ellen Hinsey