Lancaster’s Litfest returns for its 43rd annual festival
For the first time ever, Litfest will run as a hybrid event – meaning people can attend either in person at one of the venues or online via Crowdcast – whichever suits. In light of COP-26 and the climate crisis, this year’s theme is This Place, This Planet. Litfest is delighted to welcome renowned environmental activist Dr Vandana Shiva to deliver Lancaster’s first-ever environmental lecture, as well as delve into the topics of migration, demographic change, biodiversity and other global challenges. through fiction, poetry, photography and discussion. at home, the festival will explore our sense of place in the world and how we find it through nature, through our family and through our history – tackling tough topics such as Lancaster’s leading role in the Atlantic slave trade slaves. International fiction events will cover a range of topics from science to the supernatural, while Poetry Day will bring together some of the best contemporary poets, culminating in a reading by acclaimed TS Eliot Prize winner Roger Robinson. Litfest is very excited to host a Children’s Festival of four special events during the day on Saturday March 12th and completes the festival with the very popular umm storyteller, Dominic Kelly, who will captivate everyone with myths and tales of fascinating fairies set in a spellbinding landscape. There are also chances for you to get involved once again! Take part in writing and publishing workshops, take part in the Big Read Challenge or submit your own work – either poetry to Litfest’s This Place, This Planet Poesie Map or photos to the Wildlife Photography Contest. A fantastic Daytime Event International Women’s Day on March 8, with Rachel Holmes presenting her book Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel, draws us strongly into the main festival. Tickets start from just £5 – for more information on what’s on and how to book, please visit www.litfest.org. All Litfest events will be available on YouTube for 30 days after the festival ends.