York Literature Festival in association with Baillie Gifford

16th – 30th March 2017

Event cancellation: Christina Lamb Monday 27th March

It is with great regret that due to unexpected work commitments in the Middle East, Christina Lamb is unable to attend her York Literature Festival talk at St Peter's School on Monday 27th March.

If you have bought tickets for this event, the organisers of the Literature Festival would like to offer you tickets to an alternative event at St Peter’s School as follows:

  • 21.03.2017 Ann Widdecombe
  • 26.03.2017 Rev Richard Coles
  • 29.03.2017 Jonathan Dimbleby
  • 30.03.2017 The Yorkshire Rows

If you would like to move your tickets to one of the above events for the same ticket price as Christina Lamb, we can arrange that for you.  Alternatively we can offer you a full refund.

Please contact the Box Office (01904 623568) to arrange a ticket exchange or refund.

Please note the poetry competition is now closed

Programme change: Poet Ian Duhig will now take part in the “Voicing the Water” public reading in place of Luke Kennard.

Venue change: Sarah Hall (The Wolf Border) will be in Quad South Hall, not in Temple Hall

Date change: Cinem@ – Chocolat – changed from Friday 24 March to Sunday 26 March

Extra event: Reverend Richard Coles in conversation

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.

This year we have the largest programme we have ever delivered, with more than 60 events in two weeks!

We have also introduced of the York Literature Festival HUB, an additional programme of events run by writing groups in the local area, all taking place within York Theatre Royal. We hope that HUB will provide an extra dimension to the overall festival, showcasing some of the talent that York and the surrounding area has to offer.

Once again, our thanks go to our headline sponsors, Baillie Gifford, and to our ever-expanding list of local partners: York St John University, St Peter’s School, Make It York, Explore York Libraries and Archives and York Theatre Royal, who are making a welcome return to the festival following their extensive renovations.


Michael Palin

From Monty Python to his legendary travels, Michael Palin’s life and career has been built around that wonderful thing called curiosity.

If you look up the word ‘curious’ in the dictionary, it’s defined as ‘eager to learn or know; inquisitive; exciting speculation or interest’. All words fit for a man with a career spanning five decades and a member of the legendary Monty Python team. Michael Palin spoke to Chiara Pannozzo-McBryde about his writing and his career.

Read the interview with Michael Palin.

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