This year we bring you a month-long programme packed with incredibly varied events!
The 2018 festival launches on a truly ‘Fantastic’ evening at Lancaster Castle’s Shire Hall. Olivia Lomenech Gill—illustrator of JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to FindThem – will give us a fascinating insight into the Wizarding World. Next it’s YA Day, combining a fascinating cross-genre event with author and playwright Cathy Forde and an illuminating talk on the world of vlogging with Hannah Hodgson.
In week two we celebrate the North’s independent presses. Kevin Duffy from Blue Moose talks about the complicated process of publishing a legacy work, Comma Press brings acclaimed writers Martyn Bedford and Sean O’Brien to Lancaster for a Short Story Showcase, Heidi James brings her new novel So The Doves and we finish on an exclusive panel of the Independent Publishers themselves, giving you a special insight into their industry.
In our third week we partner once more with Spotlight and More Music to bring you a bumper edition of this Lancaster ‘arts scene’ stalwart. The evening will feature astonishing new talent Alabaster DePlume alongside firm favourite Ian Marchant. The next day we have a truly wonderful day of poetry, featuring three independent presses— Oversteps, Beautiful Dragons and Wayleave—alongside two double bills; Kate Fox and Rhiannon Hooson, then Philip Gross and Katharine Towers.
Our final week begins with the return of Andrew Michael Hurley reading from his much anticipated second novel Devil’s Day. We continue with a new edition to our festival programme — Litfest Springfest — a two day celebration of nature writing featuring
Jim Crumley, Kathleen Jamie, Paul Evans and Jackie Morris. We also bring you another Litfest first; a podcast literary walk around Lancaster, created by Inés G. Labarta.
Last but certainly not least, our festival finale is a family friendly storytelling event featuring Swedish troll tales in a brand new performance from festival favourite Dominic Kelly.
We look forward to seeing you in March.