Lincoln Book Festival Moves to New Dates for 2020

Tracy Borman signs books for fans

Lincoln Book Festival will be back this year with a broader range of genres and bigger name authors than ever before.

The city’s annual literary festival will return for a celebration of the written word in the autumn of 2020.

Staying true to its roots as a showcase of new historical fiction and history writing, this year’s festival will feature more acclaimed authors and mark major milestones and anniversaries, from the departure of the Pilgrim Fathers on the Mayflower 400 years ago to the anniversary of the birth Isaac Asimov, from crime writing to children’s books, and more.

Lincoln Book Festival chairman Phil Hamlyn Williams said:

“Lincoln Book Festival has welcomed thousands of people to its author events in recent years but we want to keep improving what we offer. Increasingly, we’ve seen school pupils, university students and aspiring writers connecting with the festival in different ways. We’ve looked at how we can expand the variety of events and appeal to people of all ages and interests. As well as switching the festival to May, we’ll be welcoming some superb guest authors from a broader array of genres than before, which we hope will open up our evening events to a wider audience. We plan to announce the first names from the 2020 line-up very soon.”

In recent years, Lincoln Book Festival has welcomed well-known authors, journalists, broadcasters and historians including Alison Weir, David Starkey, Michael Morpurgo, Tracy Borman, Diane Setterfield, Tom Holland and Melvin Burgess. Most author events are hosted at Lincoln’s historic Drill Hall theatre or The Collection museum and gallery in the city’s cultural quarter. The festival also features writers’ workshops, competitions, children’s reading sessions, local history events and its own festival fringe spanning theatre and film.

For more information on Lincoln Book Festival, including the latest on the 2020 programme, visit or follow the festival’s social media channels on Facebook: LincolnBookFestivalUK and Twitter: @LincBookFest