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50 participating artists and speakers, 3 beautiful exhibitions, 6 welcoming venues, months of planning… and 1,400 wonderful audience members – and Litfest’s annual spring festival is over for another year!

We’d love to hear your feedback on any of the festival events you attended so please do complete our survey here: as your opinions and ideas will help to shape future festivals. Litfest is partly funded by donations, so if you have enjoyed the events, we would be very grateful for any donations which can be placed via this link your generous contributions will allow us to carry on offering you a fantastic range of speaker and author events in future. And if you missed any of the festival events, there’s the chance to catch up on any events you missed via for 30 days.

And although the festival is over, there’s lots coming up over the next few weeks and months:

· There’s still time to enter the Big Read Challenge and have the chance to win prizes by reading one of this year’s fantastic chosen books:
Cynthia Murphy’s Last One to Die on the 17 March, ‘a supernatural terror-fest’ highly recommended for 11-15 years or anyone brave enough to read this gripping thriller!
Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s Noah’s Gold: perfect for those aged 8-11, this exciting novel explores what it would be like to be stuck on an uninhabited island with no teachers, no food… and no phones!

· Delayed returning from a humanitarian trip to Ukraine, Norwegian novelist Roy Jacobsen will now be coming to the Litfest International (Zoom) Fiction Book Club at 6.30pm on 17 April to discuss his outstanding novel The Unseen: “An absolute masterpiece. Packed with understated emotion, stunning from beginning to end”. To receive a Zoom link to join the book club, simply email [email protected].

· On 20 April, Litfest and Lancaster Arts are delighted to welcome legendary reggae poet Linton Kwesi Johnson to the Nuffield Theatre at Lancaster University. He will be joined in a conversation about his life’s work by writer Jacqueline Crooks for an unforgettable evening of poetry, prose and discussion. All tickets are £12 – book soon!

· On 25 April, Vietnamese novelist Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, author of best-selling The Mountains Sing, who was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing by Lancaster University, will launch her latest novel Dust Child at The Storey, Lancaster.

· In May, author, journalist and campaigner George Monbiot will deliver the popular Lancaster Environment Lecture at Lancaster University – this year the subject will be ‘Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet’ – one of the most difficult challenges facing humanity today. Although in-person tickets for this free event are now booked up, you can join us online via Crowdcast – simply reserve your place via the Litfest website.

To find out more about how to catch up on festival events, how to donate,
and how to book for future events, please visit


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