Lincoln Book Festival 2021

Lincoln Book Festival 2021 opens on 11 October, launching a week-long celebration of great fiction and non-fiction. Tickets are on sale now. View our programme pages to see the full line-up of acclaimed authors.

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Flash fiction competition

Our annual flash fiction competition challenges writers to pen short stories on the chosen festival theme in exactly 50 words. Winners of the 2021 competition will be announced during the festival.

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What to expect at Lincoln Book Festival

Lincoln Book Festival has history at its heart, celebrating the finest history writing and historical fiction in one of England's great heritage cities. Learn more about the festival's ethos and origins.

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Lincoln Book Festival

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. This is complemented by a varied programme of events for fans of different literary genres and formats, alongside workshops, competitions and family activities.

Recent guest authors have included Michael Morpurgo, Tracy Borman, Marcus Chown, Janina Ramirez, Tom Holland, Susan Fletcher, Alison Weir, Diane Setterfield, and Melvin Burgess. The 2021 Lincoln Book Festival takes place from 11-17 October.

Lincoln Book Festival 2021

Lincoln Book Festival is back from 11-17 October 2021 with an exciting and eclectic programme of literary events. Guest authors include Will Self, Christy Lefteri, Loyd Grossman and Mark Billingham, among many more. See our programme page for all the details.

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