Stratford Literary Festival

Sunday 24th April to Sunday 1st May 2016

Celebrating its 9th year in 2016, 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 years old. The Festival programme features several events around Shakespeare, in an important year for The Bard, starting with a Sonnet Marathon - all 154 sonnets recited in a hip hop style!

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.

For full details of the programme and to book tickets go to:

Box Office: 01789 207100


Stratford Literary Festival with The Week

John Torode My Kind of Food

Chef John Torode

John is one of the UK’s best-known chefs, food writers and TV presenters. He’ll be talking about his sumptuous new book, My Kind of Food, and all things culinary with award-winning food writer Lucas Hollweg. 

Date: Sunday 24th April, 7:45pm


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£25.00 Hardback

Martin Jarvis A Celebration of Beatrix Potter

Martin Jarvis

Martin Jarvis and his wife Rosalind Ayres join composer Richard Sisson (one half of Kit and The Widow) in a sparkling celebration of the life of one of the world’s most loved writers on her 150th anniversary, performing some of her magical stories.

Date: Sunday 24th April, 3.30pm


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A.L. Kennedy Seriously Sweet

A.L. Kennedy

The Costa Award Winning author, and creative writing lecturer at Warwick University, talks about her latest novel, Serious Sweet. Set in 2014, this is a novel of our times. Poignant, deeply funny, and beautifully written, it is about two decent, damaged people trying to make moral choices in an immoral world. As they navigate the sweet and serious heart of London - passing through 24 hours that will change them both for ever - they tell a very unusual, unbearably moving love story.

Date: Thursday 28th April, 3:30pm


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£17.99 Hardback

Howard Jacobson Shylock is my Name

Howard Jacobson

To mark Shakespeare400, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Stratford welcomes the witty Man Booker Prize-Winning author, columnist and critic, Howard Jacobson, to talk about the challenges of reworking one of the Bard’s most controversial plays, The Merchant of Venice, into a novel, one which forms part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series of reworks of the great plays by leading authors.

Date: Saturday 30th April, 5:30pm


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Chris Packham Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

Sadie Jones

TV presenter, photographer and conservationist, Chris Packham is one of the nation’s favourite naturalists. He'll be talking about his memoir Fingers in The Sparkle Jar - a shimmering memoir, unconventional and uncompromising, that weaves back and forth through time, gloriously capturing a child’s view of the 60s and 70s – the music, the clothes, the cars, the freedom – alongside recent, more exposing recollections from adulthood.

Ticket includes a copy of Fingers in the Sparkle Jar, available pre-publication.

Date: Saturday 30th April, 8:30pm


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Chris Packham photo: ©Jo Charlesworth

John Torode photo: ©Yuki Sugiura

Howard Jacobson photo: ©2014 Keke Keukelaar

A.L. Kennedy photo: ©Geraint Lewis