Chester Literature Festival

10th – 25th October

Location: Chester Town Hall and City Library

Welcome to the 2015 Chester Literature Festival! 

Come along and indulge in a festival that’s set to lift the spirits on autumn days and light up your autumn nights. Profound and profane, comic and weighty, with festival poets, comic songsmiths, novelists, biographers, comedians, historians and new ways of looking at the world, this year’s Chester Literature Festival is a treat for anyone who wants to be moved, entertained and informed in equal measure.

Remember to book your tickets early and online to secure the best prices. See you there!

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Booking Information

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Chester Literature Festival

Nick Frost

Nick Frost

Nick’s family life was difficult, blighted by alcoholism, illness and sudden misfortune meaning they lost everything overnight. He left school early and drifted from job to job dogged by his own personal demons. It’s something of a miracle that Nick survived and even more that he would achieve such success with his writing, acting and comedy.

In Truths, Half Truths and Little White Lies Nick paints a brilliantly funny, moving and brutally candid portrait of childhood, adolescence and eventual success.

Date: Sunday 11th October

Time: 7:30pm

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Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage

Not content with walking the Pennine Way as a modern day troubadour, an experience recounted in his best-selling and prize-winning book Walking Home, restless poet Simon Armitage has followed up that journey with a walk of the same distance but through the very opposite terrain and far from home.

In Walking Away, his new bestselling memoir featured on Radio 4’s Book of the Week, Simon Armitage swaps the moorland uplands of the north for the coastal fringes of Britain’s south west, once again giving readings every night, but this time through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, taking poetry into distant communities and tourist hot-spots, busking his way from start to finish.

Date: Wednesday 21st October

Time: 5:30pm

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Dom Joly

Dom Joly

In 2004, Dom Joly wrote a spoof autobiography called Look At ME, Look At ME! charting his early years through childhood up to his big TV break. In Here Comes the Clown, Joly takes up the story of his life from the day the first episode of Trigger Happy TV aired on Channel 4.

That day everything changed and suddenly Joly was famous; reality was weirder than any fiction he could conjure up. No need for fanciful storytelling and talking dogs this time, instead this is the story of Joly’s real adventures in show business…

Date: Thursday 22nd October

Time: 7:30pm

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Vince Cable

Vince Cable

This timely book will provide a previously unreported inside view of the coalition, and offers a carefully considered perspective on how the British economy should be managed over the next decade and beyond.

What was sadly missing from the 2015 election campaign, Cable argues, was debate around the economic future of Britain, of how to make improvements in productivity to raise living standards, and above all how Britain can rebalance its economy and earn its keep in an increasingly uncertain global market.

Cable addresses these issues from his vantage point as someone who has spent the last five years at the heart of government.

Date: Monday 19th October

Time: 7:30pm

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Dave Haslam

Dave Haslam

Life After Dark is a passionate and authoritative history of significant venues and great nights out.

Haslam takes us from vice-ridden Victorian dance halls to acid house and beyond; through the jazz decades of luxurious ballrooms to mods in basement dives and the venues that nurtured the Beatles, the Stones, and the Sex Pistols; from psychedelic light shows to high street discos; from the Roxy to the Hacienda; from the Krays to the Slits; and from reggae sound systems to rave nights in Stoke.

Date: Friday 23rd October

Time: 7:30pm

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Deborah Moggach

Deborah Moggach

Best-selling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Deborah Moggach talks about her new novel Something to Hide.

“Nobody in the world knows our secret… that I’ve ruined Bev’s life, and she’s ruined mine.”

Petra’s romantic life has always been a car-crash, and even in her sixties she’s still capable of getting it disastrously wrong. But then she falls in love with Jeremy, an old chum, visiting from abroad. The fatal catch? Jeremy is her best friend’s husband.

It turns out that no matter wherever you are in the world, everyone has something to hide. Can Bev – can anyone – be trusted?

Date: Monday 19th October

Time: 7:30pm

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