Wendy Cope

Ian Duhig

Tiffany Atkinson

Hugo Williams

Esther Morgan

Gerdur Kristny

Michael Laskey

Pauline Stainer

Sue Leigh

Early days yet for the Poetry Festival 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, Tiffany Atkinson, Hugo Williams and Ian Duhig. More will follow.

The timetable for the weekend has yet to be sorted, but it will appear here soon.

The bi-annual Literature Festivals bring to King's Lynn hand-picked writers of fiction and poetry; some well known, others less so but all are brilliant writers well worth your attention.

All events take place at the stunning venue of the Town Hall, on the Saturday Market Place, in the heart of historic King's Lynn. Visitors can come to some or all sessions; entry is £8.50 for each event, or £37.50 for an all-events weekend pass.

You'll need to be seated by the listed start time, so be sure to get to the venue well in advance. 

The sessions last around 110 minutes, in two halves, and comprise readings, interviews and discussion. There's a bookstall creaking under the weight of the latest titles for you to buy and have signed by the authors. Tea and coffee are on offer, as well as a busy bar in the evenings. There's a raffle over the course of the weekend, with the draw at the end of the Sunday session. The unique prize is a splendid book in which the writers have all contributed, by hand, a short paragraph or two.


You are welcome to join the writers, organisers and other festival-goers for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Full details are given at the morning events, expect a price of around £12.


There's plenty to see in King's Lynn between events, and if you need accommodation, our friends as Stuart House Hotel offer a 15% discount - just mention the festival at the time of booking: stuarthousehotel.co.uk

Click here for an easy-print version of the timetable of events.