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26th – 30th September
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Lincoln Book Festival: History at its Heart

Tuesday 26th - Saturday 30th September 2017

Lincoln Book Festival is the region’s premier literature festival. The Festival takes place at The Collection, Lincoln, over seven days with a series of evening events. Each evening event includes a talk from acclaimed authors in their fields.


A message from Lincoln Book Festival Trust Chairman, Phil Hamlyn-Williams:

“The 2016 Lincoln Book Festival had some wonderful events; actually all our speakers were thoroughly enjoyed. Very many thanks to each of them. It is invidious to pick out one or two, so I won’t.

“It was lovely to welcome First Story who launched their Lincolnshire initiative at the start of the festival. We hope to enjoy some of the results next year.

“Sadly one of our speakers was prevented from speaking by rail delays on Sunday – a learning point for us. Other learning points were to be clear that tickets for collection will be there at the event. Also, a number of people would like day time talks. If you have any other feedback please let us know.

“A number of other thanks are due. First to the outgoing chair of trustees, Jon Grubb, who steered the Festival through some tricky times follow a withdrawal of public funding. In that early period thanks too to Lindum Group for their generous financial support when most needed.

“For this year, thanks to our sponsors, in alphabetic order: Andrew & Co, Bishop Grosseteste University, Cote Brasserie, Sills & Betteridge, Stanbridge Accountants, Stokes, University of Lincoln, Waterstones and Wright Vigar. Thanks too to the Collection for being such wonderful hosts, to the Drill Hall for ticketing and to Lincoln BIG for all kinds of behind the scenes support.

“Thanks to my fellow trustees who, entirely voluntarily, put in hours of time, effort and expertise to serve up the delights of the festival.

“Most of all though, thanks to you our audience.

“Next year’s festival we are planning with at least one bigger event, some day time events, and workshops aimed at students. I can now confirm the dates: Tuesday 26 September to Saturday 30 September. Please make a note in your diaries. We will keep you informed as the programme comes together.”

The Venue: The Collection, Lincoln

The Collection, LincolnLincoln is one of England’s most historic cities with the stunning, Gothic, Lincoln Cathedral standing opposite the Norman Lincoln Castle. The city’s origins are owed to the Romans – whose ancient city can still be seen today – but the city has had a vital part in history ever since.

In 1215, a copy of Magna Carta was brought to Lincoln Cathedral, which today resides in a subterranean vault at Lincoln Castle. History can be seen throughout the streets of Lincoln which is also known as the ‘Birthplace of the Tank’ due to its engineering heritage in the early 20th century. It is also home of ‘Bomber County’ after the rich aviation heritage in the city and surrounding area.

The Collection is an award winning archaeology museum in the heart of historic Lincoln. Its main hall details Lincolshire’s history from prehistoric origins through to the present day in an entertaining and engaging display. The museum also holds a varied programme of exhibitions through the year.

Lincoln Book Festival’s events take place in The Collection’s auditorium –  a modern, state-of-the-art theatre inside the museum building. Stokes at The Collection will be open each evening serving food and drink. Waterstones will be selling the books of the authors each evening at the event.

Booking Tickets

Each event at Lincoln Book Festival takes place at The Collection, Lincoln. Ticket price to be confirmed.