V for Victoria: Lincoln Book Festival 2019 to Celebrate Bicentenary of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

This year’s Lincoln Book Festival will celebrate the life and legacy of Queen Victoria and the era she defined as the nation marks the bicentenary of her birth.

Festival organisers have revealed the theme for the latest iteration of the annual literary festival, which returns to Lincoln in September with a week of literary-inspired events.

Queen Victoria was born on 24th May 1819 and inherited the throne at the age of 18, reigning until her death in 1901. This year marks the bicentenary of her birth and people across the UK will be reflecting on how the Victorian era changed Britain and its place in the world and still influences our society today, from the legacy of empire to impressions on popular culture.

Lincoln Book Festival 2019 will be one in a series of high profile events with a Victorian twist taking place in the City of Lincoln this year, ranging from major art exhibitions to the city’s annual Steampunk extravaganza.

Placing history at its heart, Lincoln Book Festival celebrates great history writing and historical fiction. The programme typically features talks from major authors, historians and public figures, alongside competitions, workshops and local history talks. In 2018, festival highlights included a sell-out appearance by former Children’s Laureate and author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, as well as talks by Tracy Borman, Marcus Chown, Sally Nicholls, Rebecca Fraser, and many more.

“We’re excited by all the possibilities the theme ‘Victoria’ opens for this year’s festival,” said Phil Hamlyn Williams, Chair of Lincoln Book Festival Trust.
“The Victorian era is full of fascinating contradictions: empire and expansionism overseas but political and social reform at home, and the profound changes of the age are brought vividly to life in outstanding literary works by the likes of Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontë sisters.
“Lincolnshire has its own important stories to tell too, not least as the birthplace of Tennyson, the great poet of the Victorian era and favourite of Queen Victoria herself. We’ll also be exploring the influence and appeal of Victoriana in popular culture and phenomena such as Steampunk.
“We look forward to producing a programme that connects with audiences old and new.”

“The Victorian era is full of fascinating contradictions: empire and expansionism overseas but political and social reform at home”

Lincoln Book Festival 2019 will take place during the week of 23rd September. Most events are hosted at The Collection museum and art gallery on Danes Terrace or Lincoln Drill Hall on Freeschool Lane in the city’s cultural quarter. Author events usually cost £10 per ticket, although some activities are free to attend. Tickets are booked via the Lincoln Drill Hall Box Office at the desk, online at www.lincolndrillhall.com or by telephone on 01522 873894.

The full Lincoln Book Festival programme is published in early summer. The festival’s popular flash fiction competition will also return this spring. For the latest, visit www.lincolnbookfestival.org or see Lincoln Book Festival’s social media channels.