Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival


Dates for 2015 Festival
Saturday, 25th April to Sunday, 3rd May 2015

Our 2015 Competition:

Write the lyrics for a song and have it performed at the Festival! Find out more here...


Graham Norton and Maria Mcerlane with us at The Courtyard Theatre on 24th October for the launch of Life and Loves of a He Devil:

Picture: Lorentz Gullachsen

Patricia Hodge talks to Fiona Lindsay on 30th October about her astonishing career and corpsing during recordings of Miranda

Patricia Hodge

Picture: Rupert Barnes

Alison Steadman lights up the audience on 30th November with stories of improv, landladies and painting her face with toothpaste.

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Celebrating its 8th year in 2015, The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Alongside this is a programme of education events in Stratford and local schools involving favourite authors, poets and illustrators, entertaining and inspiring children from 2 to 18.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is the highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading.

(All Change! The Civic Hall is now called Stratford Artshouse)


Journeys Project 2014

Take a look at our Arts Council England funded performance with students from Stratford Schools and Stratford-upon-Avon College


We are extremely grateful to  Stratford Town Trust who will be supporting the Festival again in 2015.

Please note: Literary Festival events are usually an hour long, unless otherwise stated. Authors will sign copies of their books at all events. If you are buying a ticket on the door, cash or cheques only please. We reserve the right to substitute speakers if the need arises. We advise people to check the website prior to the event to ensure there has been no change to the programme.



Stratford in Top 5 Festivals

We've been picked as amongst the best for new writers

Stars Light Up Our Autumn Season

Stars of stage and screen in events this October and November

Happy Birthday Mr Shakespeare

The Emergency Poet Deborah Alma unveils our specially commissioned poem for the Bard's 450th Birthday

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Our Autumn 2014 Events

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