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 2016's Poetry Festival the 32nd 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.


A tweet from Jill Dawson, after her appearance at the King's Lynn Fiction Festival, 2015:

Some literature festivals really feel special because you know the organisers are the real thing: simply book lovers @LynnLitFests

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Press information, press release and high resolution author photographs are available here.

Done and dusted:
King's Lynn Poetry Festival

30th September ~ 2nd October 2016

Heidi Williamson
Matthew Caley
Kit Wright
Alan Brownjohn
Wendy Cope
Lachlan Mackinnon
Elaine Feinstein
Mel Pryor
Josep Lluís Aguiló
Christopher James

Full details of the weekend's events and poets' potted biographies on the Next Festival page.

Praise indeed from James Wilson, after his appearance at the King's Lynn Fiction Festival, 2016:

Thanks to audience, fellow authors & everyone @LynnLitFests for wonderful weekend! Friendliest, most enjoyable festival I’ve been to.


Up next: 2017 Fiction Festival, 10-12 March. It's early days yet and full details will be added soon, so you have plenty of time to start reading up on: Louis de Bernières, Yvvette Edwards, Robert Edric, Jemma Wayne, D J Taylor, Rachel Hore. More will follow.

Photos of the poets and organisers taken by Rob Elwes.

As part of the 2016 Poetry Festival, poet Christopher James visited Middleton School. Read their excellent poetry right here.