19-29 March 2015

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.

Press Release – York Literature Festival enjoys record response, strongest ticket sales so far.

Download the 2015 York Literature Festival programme here.

The site will be updated with events as they are added and you can view our full events calendar here.

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YLF 2015 Twitter Competition

Are you excited about York Literature Festival? Which events are you looking forward to? Tweet about it and you could win a prize! You will be entered into our competition if you tweet about which Festival event you are looking forward to using hashtag #YorkLitFest between 1 Feb and 8 March. Prizes will include books… Read more »


Snickleways poetry by John Wedgwood Clarke from this summer’s York Curiouser event. Photograph © Chris Jones on Flickr

WIN £400

Our poetry competition is back – and this year it is bigger than ever. York Literature Festival has again teamed up with YorkMix for one of the highlights of the city’s literary year. The first prize has been increased to £400. Prizes First prize: £400 Second prize: £100 Third prize: £50 The York prize (£40) will be… Read more »


Black Beard's Tea Party

Blackbeard’s Tea Party and John Hegley

York based folk-rock outfit Blackbeard’s Tea Party and poet and comedian John Hegley will appear at York Literature Festival 2015. The event, at York’s Grand Opera House, is billed as ‘music and comedy special’ and will be the first time the two acts have appeared at a gig together in the UK. Miles Salter, Festival… Read more »


David Starkey

Dr David Starkey: York’s Place in History

Dr David Starkey, the UK’s leading constitutional historian known for his forthright views, will talk about York and its unique place in English history at the Grand Opera House on Sunday 22 March at 7.30 pm.