Northwich LitFest

Monday 2 June
Elizabeth Williams
Cafe Terrazzo - 7.30pm - Free - SOLD OUT
Book Tickets Online Here

Northwich LitFest gets off to a great start this year. After she filled the venue to absolute capacity last year and had us all completely captivated with her talk about Elizabeth Gaskell - we have the wonderful Elizabeth Williams returning to be our opening speaker! Elizabeth’s talk this year will be about the life and works of Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte and promises to be fascinating. Elizabeth is hugely popular, and a highly knowledgeable speaker, so advance booking is strongly advised.

Jane Austen at the British Library here.         Jane Austen Society here.

Charlotte Bronte at the British Library here.   Bronte Society here.

Wednesday 4 June
Angela Topping and Guests
Cafe Terrazzo - 7.30pm - Free
Book Tickets Online Here

A wonderfully entertaining evening of poetry and music, as locally based and internationally known poet Angela Topping and her brilliant guests read their works. There will also be an opportunity for open floor readers during the course of the evening. Guests are to include Tonia Bevins, David Costello, Jan Dean and Edwin Stockdale, with music courtesy of John & Ailsa Booth. Café Terrazzo is a change of venue for the poetry event this year. All will be made very welcome - do come and enjoy!

Angela Topping website here.   John and Ailsa Booth website here.


Saturday 7 June
Writing the Archers
Nawal Gadalla and Carole Solazzo
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00
Book Tickets Online Here

BBC Radio 4’s The Archers is a firm favourite with so many people. Although you don’t have to be an Archer’s fan to enjoy this event, as it will be a highly enjoyable evening for all. It will nevertheless give us a fascinating behind the scenes insight into scripting this national treasure. Between them, Carole Simpson Solazzo and Nawal Gadalla have written almost 900 episodes of the world’s longest running drama. The evening will include a head to head Archers trivia quiz for two brave audience members, plenty of time for questions from all, some gossip... and a few surprises!

Check out The Archers Master Quiz on the BBC Website here.

Do you know who the major characters are played by? Find out here.

Monday 9 June
Roy David
Cafe Terrazzo - 7.30pm - Free
Book Tickets Online Here

Best-selling non-fiction author Roy David’s novel, 'An Enemy Within', is a fast-paced gripping thriller that raises political and ethical issues surrounding war. Julian Assange, who read it during his asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy says, ‘This is a wonderful subversive thriller that gets the reader to confront hard truths about the American misadventure in Iraq and the power of its propaganda.’ Find out why the author chose such a controversial subject for this exciting fiction debut.

Wednesday 11 June
Julia Baird
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00
Book Tickets Online Here

We are absolutely delighted to welcome a very special guest to Northwich LitFest this year. After years of hearing so-called experts talking about her brother, the legendary John Lennon, Julia felt compelled to tell it how it was. She wrote her book, Imagine This, in an attempt to distinguish fantasy from reality and to establish an historic record for John, for herself, for her sister... and for their mother, Julia.

Copies of Julia’s book, a CD "Paul Talks" (Julia’s interview with Paul McCartney), as well as a Cavern Club Wall Poster will all be available for purchase at the end of the evening. Early booking is strongly advised for this event to avoid disappointment.

Julia Baird's website here.

The Beatles played at Northwich Memorial Hall on five occasions, and crowned the Carnival Queen in 1963. The 2009 film Nowhere Boy, on the early life of John Lennon, was partly based on Julia's book. Click here for details of the film and watch the trailer below. Did you know that Sam Bell from Winsford played George Harrison (left) in the film!

Friday 13 June
Will Butters
Cafe Terrazzo - 7.30pm - Free
Book Tickets Online Here

Expect the unexpected from our local treasure, writer and playwright Billy Nomates (aka Will Butters). Although one thing you can expect is an evening of fun and laughter as Will regales us with his stories and his quirky look at life. And another thing you can expect is, that despite the fact that he is often known as Billy Nomates, he will have some mates with him to read for him.

Monday 16 June
Self Publishing Works!
Cafe Terrazzo - 7.30pm - Free
Book Tickets Online Here

Come and meet some great authors who’ve done it all themselves: Debbie Bennett, Jan Ruth, Conrad Jones & Simon Gould. Find out what inspires them and hear about their publishing journey. Feel free to ask questions! Browse their selection of books - from crime and thrillers, to contemporary romance. From the mountains of Snowdonia to the city of Liverpool, these authors not only champion their local areas but have produced quality fiction, hitting best-selling categories across Amazon.

Self Publishing website Blurb (other websites available).

Tuesday 17 June
An Evening with John Betjeman
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00
Book Tickets Online Here

Sir John Betjeman CBE (28 August 1906 - 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack". He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death.

He was a founding member of the Victorian Society and a passionate defender of Victorian architecture. He is considered instrumental in helping to save St Pancras railway station, and was commemorated with a statue when it became an international terminus for Eurostar in November 2007. He called the plan to demolish St Pancras a "criminal folly".

Starting his career as a journalist, he ended it as one of the most popular British Poets Laureate and a much-loved figure on British television. In 1958 his collected works were published and sold over 2 million copies.

It is 1933, six friends meet up for a dinner party and bring their own set and musicians with them! They are all ardent fans of JB. Each has their favourite poem, reflecting the desires and mores of between war years society. ‘How to Get on in Society’, ‘The Cockney Amorist’, ‘A Subaltern’s Love Song' (his ode to Miss Joan Hunter-Dunne) and the risqué ‘Indoor Games at Newbury’.

Mike & Maureen Melville host the evening with musicians John & Ailsa Booth.

John Betjeman website here.

How To Get On In Society by John Betjeman (1958)

Phone for the fish knives, Norman
As cook is a little unnerved;
You kiddies have crumpled the serviettes
And I must have things daintily served.

Are the requisites all in the toilet?
The frills round the cutlets can wait
Till the girl has replenished the cruets
And switched on the logs in the grate.

It's ever so close in the lounge dear,
But the vestibule's comfy for tea
And Howard is riding on horseback
So do come and take some with me

Now here is a fork for your pastries
And do use the couch for your feet;
I know that I wanted to ask you -
Is trifle sufficient for sweet?

Milk and then just as it comes dear?
I'm afraid the preserve's full of stones;
Beg pardon, I'm soiling the doileys
With afternoon tea-cakes and scones.

Friday 20 June
Lizzie Enfield and Ian Williams
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00
Book Tickets Online Here

The Bad Doctor & The Bad Patient - Two very different writers dealing with matters of life and death and everything in between; anxiety and acceptance, regrets and wrong decisions, fear, friendship, love and loss… cycling, music and the difficulties of being a proper grown up!

Ian Williams is a physician and comic artist, whose graphic novel, 'The Bad Doctor', explores the darker side of medicine, revealing the harsh realities of human interaction and behaviour during times of stress and fear.

Lizzie Enfield is a journalist and writer whose prose novel, 'Living With It', examines the far-reaching consequences of the MMR controversy through the personal upheaval and emotional turmoil it causes two contemporary families.

Together they will discuss the crossovers between medicine and fiction, the responsibilities of writers and doctors towards their patients and subject matters, the use of medical conditions for plot and ethical dilemmas as focus for moral debate.

The prognosis for this event is good. And..., apparently, both authors drink a lot of tea!

Lizzie Enfield's website here and more information on Ian Williams here.

Monday 23 June
Myriad Edition Publishers
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00
Book Tickets Online Here

How To Publish Your Novel - An event which promises to be hugely entertaining as well as highly informative. A representative from Myriad Editions Publishers, together with two authors who have been published by Myriad, discuss how to get published. Making a welcome return to Northwich to host this event (in addition to one on 25th June) is the doyenne of the literary interview - Laura Lockington.

Joining Laura will be:-
Eleanor Crawforth - Marketing Manager at Myriad Editions Publishers.
Nina de la Mer - Author of '4am' and the critically acclaimed 'Layla'.
Hannah Vincent - Already a successful playwright, Hannah’s first novel, 'Alarm Girl', was shortlisted for the 2013 Hookline Novel Competition.

Myriad Editions website here.

Wednesday 25 June
Julia Crouch and Erin Kelly
in conversation with Laura Lockington
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00
Book Tickets Online Here

Dark & Stormy - An Evening of Crime sounds an intriguing event, to say the least! This evening Laura will be talking to two hugely successful authors. Both are writers of crime and psychological thrillers. And with Laura Lockington in the chair anything is possible!

Julia Crouch - Author of the widely acclaimed first novel, 'Cuckoo', which for Julia, resulted in a three book deal with Headline and deals around the world. 'Cuckoo' was followed by 'Every Vow You Break', 'Tarnished' and most recently, 'The Long Fall' - which is about a terrible thing that happened on a Greek island in 1980.

Erin Kelly - Author of 'The Poison Tree', 'The Sick Rose' and 'The Burning Air' and her latest book, 'The Ties that Bind'. 'The Poison Tree' was a Richard & Judy Summer Read and became a major ITV drama. Erin has also co-written, with screenwriter Chris Chibnall, 'Broadchurch: The Novel' which will be out in August, ahead of the next TV series.

Julia Crouch website here and Erin Kelly website here.

Thursday 26 June
Ian McFadyen
Sandiway Library - 7.30pm - Free
Book Tickets Online Here

Author of the Inspector Carmichael series of crime/cosy mystery stories, Ian McFadyen is a writer who lives in Hertfordshire. He has four published novels - 'Little White Lies', 'Lillia’s Diary', 'Frozen To Death' and 'Deadly Secrets', all of which are based in Lancashire, where he spent his childhood. Come and listen to Ian talk about his writing and hear him read from his latest book, 'Deadly Secrets', in this new venue for Northwich LitFest!

Ian McFadyen website here.

Saturday 28 June
Larkin’ About - Written and directed by Sue Wilson
with Sunny Ormonde and John Telfer 
with Matt Platt & Ilone Antonius-Jones
Davenham Theatre - 8.00pm - £10.00
Book Tickets Online Here

Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Bellamy in The Archers), John Telfer (Ambridge’s Vicar Alan Franks) and The Antonius Players Ilone Antonius Jones (flute) and Matt Platt (piano) explore the fascinating world of Philip Larkin through his wit, words, women and music. Although primarily known for his poems, Larkin also wrote humorous criticisms about his fond love of Jazz.

In this engaging evening, The Antonius Players join forces with members of BBC Radio 4’s Archers cast and weave together several aspects of Larkin’s work, taking a fond look at his life and his loves.

Directed by Sue Wilson, who spent thirteen years at the BBC as Senior Drama Producer, directing well-over 250 plays and writing extensively for Radio 3 and 4. Sue loves to bring words and music together.

Advance booking strongly advised.

Meet The Antonius Players here.

“Stunningly good! Funny, fascinating and moving… Evocative music adds power to the story.” Windsor Fringe Festival

“Superb acting... Delightful mixture of jazz, song and spoken word … beautifully crafted script … wonderful evening!” Chipping Campden Lit Festival

“One of the best shows we have ever seen... the audience was simply buzzing with delight.” Saffron Walden Festival

“Lyrical Larkin and all that Jazz... intoxicating!” Althorp Literary Festival

“Great fun... Great Jazz... not to be missed.” Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Philip Larkin Society website here.

Click here to hear Philip Larkin read his poem "The Trees".

Cafe Terrazzo
49 High Street, Northwich CW9 5DD

Harlequin Theatre
Queen Street, Northwich CW9 5JN

Davenham Players Theatre
59 Church Street, Davenham, Northwich CW9 8NF

Sandiway Library
Mere Lane, Sandiway, Northwich CW8 2NS

Click on the venue name for a map to the venue.


Click here to view/download the LitFest Brochure.


Online: Click on the links next to each event

Phone: DAN Office on 01606 41597 or Susi on 01606 553433

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Book Sales

Most authors will have their books for sale on the night. Please note sales will be cash only - no cheques or debit cards can be accepted.

Event Photographs

Julia Baird

Julia Baird

Julia Baird

Elizabeth Williams

Writing The Archers

Writing The Archers

Julia Baird
Larkin' About with Sunny Ormonde and John Telfer
How to Get Your Novel Published with Myriad Publishers
How to Get Your Novel Published with Myriad Publishers