10 - 23 March 2016

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.

Download the 2016 York Literature Festival Programme

Download the 2016 York Literature Festival Programme

Tickets are on sale NOW, see the programme for details of how to book.

Programme Corrections

1. Please note the second of the Literary Walks will be on Sunday 20th March 2016. The programme incorrectly states Monday 20th March.

2. We apologise for the change to the Sci-Fi event with Adam Roberts. This was due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope attendees will enjoy the replacement authors. The new events are Writing the Future Workshop and Are We There Yet? The Future of Wonder and Boredom.

2016 York Literature Festival/York Mix Poetry Competition

The 2016 York Literature Festival/York Mix Poetry Competition is open now, with a first prize of £500. You can enter online here at the the York Mix website.

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.


Latest News

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Why York Needs a Literature Festival

A guest blog by one of York Literature Festival’s volunteers Carla Jardim This year will be the second year I’ve volunteered for the York Literature Festival. I loved reading when I was a child, and I’ve never given up on it. In fact I’m so interested in literature, I’m studying for a PhD in Medieval… Read more »


Why Literature Festivals Should Cough Up by Miles Salter

The recent news that Philip Pullman has left his role as Patron of Oxford Literature Festival made my ears prick up. The reason for Pullman’s departure was his objection to Oxford not paying writers who came to the festival. Pullman has a point. Writers do a job, like everybody else, and should be paid. If… Read more »


Planning of the 2016 Festival is Under Way!

We had a fabulous Festival in March. It’s now almost the end of May and so we are starting to plan the 2016 Festival. The dates of the Festival are 10 – 23 March 2016. More info coming soon… Please share this


2016 Festival Dates Announced

We are pleased to announce the dates for the 2016 York Literature Festival: 10 – 23 March 2016 Please share this