Milton Keynes gets ready for a Literary Festival to remember

Milton Keynes Lit Fest was set up in 2017 to promote and celebrate all things literary, bookish or wordy.  This fantastic event brings together arts and education professionals and enthusiasts who share a love of books, words, writing, speaking and thinking.  The small team has big ambitions and an amazing group of volunteers.

This year’s programme is even more ambitious. It is working with new Festival partners and venues to bring a cornucopia of the finest contemporary writing to the city. You can hear favourite authors, discover new writers or become an author yourself by joining one of the workshops.


The event runs from Friday 21 September everyday until Monday 24 September.

The packed programme of events has something for everyone. There are novelists, biographers, storytellers, a literary salon, short story writers, journalists, and poets. So put down your book, uncuddle your Kindle and join in with MK Lit Fest 2018.

Authors of memoirs, psychological thrillers, short stories and poetry will be descending on Holiday Inn MK from 21 – 24 September. Headliners including Mark Haddon, Lemn Sissay and Hollie McNish have just a handful of tickets left. There are still plenty of other events to choose from.  Bend it Like Beckham director, Gurinder Chadha recently made Sarfraz Manzoor’s  memoir into a film. Stella Duffy, psychological thriller writer and creator of Fun Palaces will also be making an appearance.

The Holiday Inn will be transformed. There’s furniture made of books, a book-nook to relax in between events, and a pop-up bookshop from Waterstones MK.  Festival artist-in-residence, Suzanna Raymond, will be sketching throughout the weekend and sharing pics on social media.

A grant from Milton Keynes Community Foundation, means 16 – 25 year olds can access free tickets for more than 15 events.

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