About the festival

A fascinating weekend of discussions, readings, workshops and debates in one of the most dynamic culturally vibrant cities in the world.

The inaugural Liverpool Literary Festival took place in October 2016, and featured lively talks and inspirational discussions from an array of literary stars, including Colm Tóibín, Lemn Sissay, Shami Chakrabarti, Ali Smith, and Bel Mooney. View some of our video clips and excerpts below to get a taste of literary festival life!

Colm Tóibín

University of Liverpool Chancellor (2017 - 2022), Colm Tóibín tells us why he wanted to be a part of Liverpool's first Literary Festival.

This is another great addition to the cultural events which take place in Liverpool every year and I will definitely be coming back again.

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