'I have attended and spoken at loads of literary festivals but MK Lit Fest is different: 
                                        it's distinctive and authentic...' - Terence Blacker

A fabulous festival of books, words, writers and ideas
that celebrates everything literary, bookish or wordy

Celebrating everything bookish or wordy, Milton Keynes Literary Festival returns for its third year from 18th to 22nd September 2019. Fiction fans will recognise bestselling and award-winning authors such as Lissa Evans, Chris Ryan, Toby Litt, Preti Taneja and Sam Byers. And there’s stellar non-fiction with Paul Mason, Carrie Gracie, Jack Monroe, Dan Cruickshank, and Kassia St Clair.

Lit Fest also brings fresh new voices, with short story writers Lisa Blower and Chris Power, and rising poets Mary Jean Chan and Luke Kennard. Local talents and icons are present too, with a special edition of the poetry event, OuseMuse, and Alan Turing’s biographer, Andrew Hodges, in conversation with his nephew, Sir Dermot Turing. 

We even have events for dog lovers with Simon Garfield, and Colin Butcher and his UK Pet Detectives sidekick, Molly the Dog.

And for writers, we have workshops with professional practitioners to help you edit your own writing, pitch your work to agents, write a memoir, and dip your toes into screenwriting.

Day tickets available:

Saturday Day Ticket

For just £30, you can spend the day at MK Lit Fest. A Saturday Day Ticket gives admission to our events with Jack Sheffield, Mary Jean Chan and Luke Kennard, Toby Litt, Preti Taneja, Chris Ryan, Carrie Gracie and Sam Byers. (Workshop tickets must be purchased separately, and are not included in the Day Ticket.)

Sunday Day Ticket

For just £30, you can spend the day at MK Lit Fest. The Sunday Day Ticket gives you access to our events with Colin Butcher, Lisa Blower and Chris Power, Simon Garfield, Lissa Evans, Andrew Hodges, Dan Cruickshank and Attila the Stockbroker. (Workshop tickets must be purchased separately, as must free tickets for the Kassia St Clair Heritage Open Days event.)

Festival Programme:


Ouse  7.30pm - Ouse Muse


Paul Mason  7pm - Paul Mason: Clear Bright Future with BSL interpretation 

Lady Velo  8.30pm - Jools Walker aka Lady Velo:  Back in the Frame


Jack Monroe  7pm - Jack Monroe: Tin Can Cook 

On behalf of MK Lit Fest, we regret to announce that Jack Monroe is seriously unwell and we must, therefore, cancel this event.  MK Gallery will be in contact with ticket holders to issue refunds.


Editing  10am - Workshop: Editing Your Own Writing

Jack Sheffield  11am - Jack Sheffield: Changing Times

Two comp 12.15pm - Two Contemporary Poets: Mary Jean Chan and Luke Kennard

Toby Litt  1.30pm -  Toby Litt: Patience

Preti  2.45pm - Preti Taneja: We That Are Young

Chris Ryan  4pm - Chris Ryan : Black Ops

Publi  4pm - Workshop: How to pitch to Agents and Publishers

Carrie  5.30pm - Carrie Gracie: Equal with BSL interpretation

Sam Byers  7pm - Sam Byers: Perfidious Albion


Memoir  10am - Workshop: Memoir Club Launch Event

Pet dete  11am - Colin Butcher and Molly the Dog: The Pet Detectives

Rosemary  12pm - Workshop: Screenwriting with Rosemary Hill

Modern short  12.15pm - The Modern Short Story: Chris Power and Lisa Blower

Simon garfield  1.30pm - Simon Garfield: My Life as a Dog

Old Baggage  2.45pm - Lissa Evans: Old Baggage (MK Lit Fest Book Club Choice) 

Andrew Hodges4pm - Andrew Hodges with Sir Dermot Turing: Decoding a 20th Century Icon with BSL interpretation

Kassia St Clair  5.30pm - Kassia St Clair:  The Golden Thread - How Fabric Changed Everything

Dan  7pm  - Dan Cruickshank: Adventures in Architecture with BSL interpretation

Attila  8.30pm - Attila the Stockbroker: Arguments Yard

Thanks to the generous support of Milton Keynes Community Foundation and Arts Council England, we are able to offer BSL Interpretation for a number of our 2019 events.

For more information about MK Lit Fest please visit: https://www.mklitfest.org/