Poetry Festival - 25-27 September 2020

It’s a great shame, but we’re going to skip this year’s Poetry Festival - entirely covid related. One important element of the weekend is the social side - for the poets, the audience and the organisers - and this will be too much of a safety challenge.

This is just a cesura - or poetic pause - and we have every intention of being back next year for the Fiction Festival in March, and Poetry again in September 2021. So sorry to disappoint - we’ll miss you.

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.

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, Fiction, March 2019, 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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