16 - 30 March 2017

Welcome to the York Literature Festival website

The festival promotes the arts in York, with an emphasis on literature, spoken word and poetry. We also feature music, comedy, cinema and theatre in our programme. The festival takes place annually in March.

Planning is underway for our 2017 Festival. Please note we are no longer accepting submissions. Details of our 2017 Festival will be posted here as soon as it is available.


Hello and welcome to our website.

I’ve just been to the most wonderful literary event. Last night at York Theatre Royal, a packed house watched as Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood spent an hour in conversation with Dr Liesl King, Deputy Head of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy at York St John University.

Margaret Atwood in conversation at York Theatre RoyalBefore the performance began, I took time out in the foyer to talk to members of the audience, some of whom had travelled from as far away as Darlington. It all served to remind me of what we at York Literature Festival are striving to achieve – to bring top-class writers and the latest trends in poetry, prose and the spoken word to York and the North-East of England.

Over the summer, my colleagues and I on the Management Team have been hard at work preparing for next year’s festival. We have even more great events in prospect and over the course of the coming weeks, we’ll be making some key announcements about our forthcoming programme. So please keep an eye on our website and the local press – or if you prefer to be kept up-to-date online, fill in the contact form here with subject “Add to mailing list”, to sign up for regular news bulletins.

Margaret Atwood got our 2016/17 season off to a great start. There’s much more to come in March and with your support we can make it our best year ever. We look forward to seeing you.

Nick David
Chair, York Literature Festival

Volunteers wanted

We are looking for local people of all ages, interests and backgrounds to help us make the Festival as successful as possible. Find out more.

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