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25th - 30th September
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Lincoln Book Festival: History at its Heart

Monday 25th – Saturday 30th September 2017

Lincoln Book Festival connects audiences of all ages and interests with some of the UK’s best-loved historians and authors of historical fiction.

Like the historic English cathedral city in which it is set, Lincoln Book Festival places history at its heart. Festival events explore historical themes spanning ancient empires to contemporary culture though intimate talks, readings, discussions and Q&A’s with contributions from acclaimed writers, academics, cultural commentators and public figures.

Recent speakers have included Tom Holland, Susan Fletcher, Andrew Morton, Juliet Barker, Robert Fabbri, Thomas Asbridge and James Runcie.


Go Gothic MMXVII

Lincoln Book Festival 2017  will be inviting visitors to “Go Gothic” by celebrating the Gothic in all its glory. From the genre-defining literature of Walpole, Shelley and the Brontës, to the real histories of medieval valour, conflict and intrigue that inspired them, through to modern day phenomena like the Twilight saga and the Steampunk movement, the Gothic continues to inspire and excite readers of all ages today with its heady mix of mystery, horror, magic and romance.


The Venue: The Collection, Lincoln

The Collection, Lincoln

Most Lincoln Book Festival events take place at The Collection on Danes Terrace in the city’s historic cultural quarter.

The Collection is an award-winning archaeology museum and art gallery. Lincoln Book Festival events are held in The Collection’s auditorium – a modern theatre inside the main museum building. The venue’s cafe, Stokes Collection Cafe, is open at each festival event and Waterstones sell books of guest authors.

Other venues in the city also host some Lincoln Book Festival activities, including the city’s famous Drill Hall theatre and its two universities.

See the full 2017 Programme (available early summer 2017) for details.

Booking Tickets

Lincoln Book Festival tickets are booked via the Lincoln Drill Hall Box Office at the venue on Free School Lane, by phone on 01522 873894 or online via . The 2017 Festival programme and ticket prices are published in early summer.