The fifth Ampthill Literary Festival, part of Ampthill Festival, will take place on: Saturday 27th April at Parkside Hall, Ampthill.

Ticketed events


Kate Fulford workshop (09:30-11:30)

Author of ‘Inlaws and Outlaws’, Kate Fulford, is delivering a workshop delving into the creative process of writing. If you are looking for insights into how to kick start your own creativity this is the workshop for you.

Toby Litt workshop (10:00-11:00)

Author and academic, Toby Litt, is delivering a workshop exploring what makes a good story? What can't a story do without? How do you fix a story that isn't working? In this workshop, Ampthill-born writer Toby Litt will give you new ways to improve your storytelling skills.


Afternoon session (12:15-17:30)

The afternoon gives you access to four consecutive sessions including:

  • a panel discussion with Anthony Lowry, author of ‘The Man in my Footsteps’, best-selling crime author Adam Croft and Robert Daws

  • Claire McGlasson, author of 'The Rapture', reflecting on her fictional account of Bedford’s The Panacea Society ‘A terribly British cult’

  • an exclusive screening of local film 'Car Keys', followed by a panel discussion with screenwriter Amy Rich, director Ken David Anderson and featured actors including Robert Daws

  • the return of Richard & Judy bookclub winner and AmpLiterary favourite, Ruth Hogan, to talk about her latest release “Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel”


Evening session (19:00-22:00)

Access to two author-led sessions to be confirmed and performances by The AntiPoet.

Free to enter events

9:45– 10:45 - Ampthill Library - Workshop for under 9s with a focus on illustration - hosted by Christine Tennent, author of children’s book ‘Horace Burp’, and illustrator Robert Overend. 

12:00 - 12:15 - Parkside Hall - Presentation of prizes to the winner of the Children’s Writing Competition

16:45 - 17:30 - Parkside Hall - Presentation of prizes to the winner of the Adult’s Writing Competition

This programme is subject to change