LitFest 2014


Welcome to Warrington LitFest bringing together a range of activities for all ages across Warrington.

For those looking for workshops, sessions, author talks and e-publishing, please see Literary Weekender (Sat 3 May) timetable below; a pick ‘n mix of a day for budding writers and lovers of literature

Gill Hoffs – launch of her new book about Warrington’s Titanic

The Warrington Litfest programme sees a talk by Gill Hoffs, on Friday 25 April, in association with Wire Writers about her book, The Sinking of RMS Tayleur – The Lost Story of the Victorian Titanic, and also on this evening’s menu is a screening for the film of the book  The Boy In Striped Pyjamas at Culcheth High School.

Local History Author Talks About Bewsey

Warrington’s rich industrial history will be explored by local author Janice Hayes, she’ll tell local history stories using Bewsey as a case study on 29 April at Warrington Museum and Philip Jeffs explores Poetry, Plays, and Prose: A look at intriguing items in Warrington’s Archives relating to literature at Stockton Heath Library on 1 May.

John Hegley – Hot Ticket!

We are pleased to welcome poet and comedian John Hegley appearing at Pyramid on Friday 2 May – it’s a hot ticket so make sure to grab yours soon!


Sat 3 May 10am – 6pm.
£15/£12 full day wristband, £9.50/£7.50 for half-day wristband – book on 01925 442345.
Places on sessions are limited and will be on a first-come basis.

Budding writers are in for a treat on Saturday 3 May when Pyramid will be buzzing with activity for all ages. A day of pick n mix sessions – you pick the sessions you want to see and get stuck in!

With Curtis JoblingHelen WalshDavid GaffneyKate FeldSteve Fairclough, Lynne Connolly, The Wild Writers, and Wes Brown offering sessions in flash fiction, epublishing, writing erotic romance, illustration, scriptwriting, creative writing, blogging and Q&A sessions, plus drop in crafts activity and children’s sessions – there’s something for everyone.

See below for more information about the sessions and workshops…

Poetry SLAM!

The jam-packed festival reaches its finale on Friday 9 May with The Paper Cut poetry slam at Pyramid. Slamming is competitive poetry, and the poems are judged on amazing writing, compelling performances and how much the audience enjoys the work until one is crowned the winner, receiving a cash prize as well as the accolade of champion.

All made possible by…

In addition to the open festival activity and school sessions brought to you by Culture Warrington, LiveWire Warrington and Curious Minds, we are pleased to be working in partnership with The Colonel Edelsten Bequest and Waterstones for the Way With Words writing competition for children and adults. The competition opens on World Book Day– 6 March and closes on World Book Night 23 April, with winners announced at the end of the festival.

For more information on the events check the website or call Pyramid Box office on 01925 442345.

More About The Colonel Edelsten Bequest

Colonel John Arthur Edelsten (1863-1931)

Known mainly for his distinguished military career, Colonel J.A. Edelsten was also a generous benefactor to Warrington Museum.  He donated an important collection of pottery and porcelain to the Museum plus his collection of 8000 shell specimens in 1918.

Following his death the trustees of his estate bequeathed a sum of money for the purchase of artworks to be administered by Warrington Corporation.

In 1961 the  Colonel Edelsten Bequest became a registered charity  (number 223870) and continued to be administered by Warrington Borough Council until 2012 when it became an independent body.

New trustees were appointed and, with the approval of the Charity Commission, in  December 2013 the charity’s  objectives were revised  with the purpose of the charity being  “To use the funds of the Colonel Edelsten Bequest to support the arts, culture and heritage in Warrington  in accordance with the wishes of the Trustees.”