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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.

Fibs and Fables - Family story telling event (11:15-11:00)

A treasure trove of stories aimed at families and children of all ages.


Afternoon session (12:15-17:30)

The afternoon gives you access to four consecutive sessions including:

·       a panel discussion with Anthony Lowery, author of ‘The Man in my Footsteps’, best-selling crime author Adam Croft and chaired by author of the Rock series, Robert Daws

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

·       the return of Richard & Judy Book Club winner and AmpLiterary favourite, Ruth Hogan, to talk about her latest release ‘Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel’


Evening session (19:00-22:00)

18:30 The Antipoet greeting guests

19:00-20:00 Screening of Car Keys followed by panel discussion – Amy Rich (screenwriter), David Anderson (director), Clair Robinson (producer) and featured actors including Robert Daws and Linda Armstrong.

Interval – 45 mins – with a further performance from The Antipoet

20:45-22:00 Allison Pearson – interviewed by Ali Nichol

Additional 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 (tickets available at the library). 

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

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

This programme is subject to change.