York Literature Festival in association with Baillie Gifford

Welcome to the 2018 York Literature Festival!

15th to 26th March 2018.

Full programme: York Literature Festival 2018 programme brochure

There is now only a month until the launch of the 2018 York Literature Festival, with plenty of events celebrating the written and spoken word. With a focus on history and historical fiction, as well as a number of events for children, we hope there is something for everyone. So take a look at the programme and get your tickets!

Programme highlights include: 

NEW THIS YEAR! Poetry for All – Accessible Poetry

March 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, St Clements Hall


New this year, we’re offering poetry for everyone: A BSL interpreter, big screen projection of poems submitted in advance, assistive animals – including guide dogs and hearing dogs for the deaf – and carers welcome!

Featured poets: Raymond Antrobus, Donna Williams (DeafFirefly), and York’s own Imogen Godwin!

Tickets: here

Pre Festival Event: Elizabeth Buchan and Joy Rhoades

March 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, York Explore Library and Archive


Elizabeth Buchan and Joy Rhoades have both written acclaimed novels set in the shadow of the Second World War. Join them as they discuss the fact and fiction of the war and the stories that inspire their writing.

Tickets: here

Festival Launch and Launch of York Centre for Writing with York St John University Authors and Special Guest Fiona Mozley

March 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, York St John University. Temple Hall.


We are delighted to celebrate the launch of the 2018 York Literature Festival with this special event celebrating York writers.

Tickets: here

Dr Janina Ramirez – The World of Medieval Mysticism

March 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, St Peter’s School


During this talk Dr Janina Ramirez will explore the power of the mystical tradition.

Tickets: here


March 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, St Peter’s School


Guy Bass’s bestselling book series follows the adventures of a mad scientist’s forgotten creation, the tiny hero known as Stitch Head. With monsters galore!* (*Actual monsters not guaranteed). Celebrating 200 Years of Frankenstein. IDEAL FOR AGES 7+.

Tickets: here

Dale Pinnock – The Medicinal Chef

March 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, The Mount School.


Dale Pinnock is a go-to expert on all nutritional matters. Very influential in the world of healthy eating he is known for his informative approach separating facts from fiction. Join Dale for an exclusive demonstration event as part of the York Literature Festival.

Tickets: here

Dr Lindsey Fitzharris – The Butchering Art

March 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, St Peter’s School.


Surgeons are the miracle-workers of the 21st century – but it was not always so… In The Butchering Art, medical historian Dr Lindsey Fitzharris recreates the turning point in the history of medicine, when pioneering British surgeon Joseph Lister transformed his brutal, harrowing practice into the safe, vaunted profession we know today.

Tickets: here

Festival Closing Event: Northern Noir Crime Fiction with A.A. Dhand and Robert Scragg

March 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Waterstones, Coney Street.


To close this year’s festival we have an event examining the growing trend of Northern Noir crime fiction. What is this recent literary phenomenon? Why are crime fiction writers beginning to focus their attention on Yorkshire and the North of England? To explore these questions and more, authors A.A. Dhand and Robert Scragg will be in conversation with Rob O’Connor, the Director of York Literature Festival.

Tickets: here

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