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 in a congenial 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.

These festivals have been running in an unbroken annual series since 1984.

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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King's Lynn Poetry Festival
30th September to 2nd October 2016
(a little later than usual)

Heidi Williamson, Matthew Caley, Kit Wright, Alan Brownjohn, Wendy Cope, Lachlan Mackinnon, Elaine Feinstein, Melanie Pryor, Josep Lluis Aguilo and Christopher James.

The 2016 Fiction Festival was a great success - thank you to all the writers for delivering such a memorable weekend and to the audience for breaking away from the rugby. It's a lot of work putting the festival together, but it's always worth the effort. Various photos to the right and on the Previous 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.