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About the Liverpool Literary Festival

Liverpool Literary Festival launched in 2016 with a roster of internationally celebrated writers including Colm Tóibín, Ali Smith, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Bel Mooney as well as mesmerising children’s entertainers.

The festival was launched on October 28 2016 by Ali Smith with a discussion on the value of public libraries. The line up also included Liverpool born screenwriter, novelist and actor Frank Cottrell Boyce, author Alastair Watson, former Liberty chief Shami Chakrabati, Broadcaster Bel Mooney and London Olympics poet Lemn Sissay. See the full list of speakers here.

The festival also hosted an number of children's events including, The Wimpy Kid Show, Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine with Roald Dahl's own doctor Professor Tom Solomon, The Dinosaur that Poooped and Mermaid and Pirate Tales.

The festival concluded with Frank Cottrell-Boyce tracing the influence of some of David Bowie's favourite books had on his life and work.

Liverpool Literary Festival 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Festival will return on 19 – 21 October 2018 where you are invited to join us for our weekend of discussion, readings and debates which reflects the restless curiosity of both the city and the University of Liverpool.


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Events at Liverpool

Take at look at what other events are taking place at Liverpool.

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