Lincoln Book Festival due for October 2021 return

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Lincoln’s annual book festival will make a comeback later this year with plans for a week-long programme of guest author talks at city cultural venues.

Organisers of Lincoln Book Festival have confirmed their intention to offer in-person events once again, assuming Government regulations allow it, with the festival due to return the week of 11 October 2021.

Last year’s festival was originally planned to take place in May but was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead, scheduled guest authors recorded a series of video talks which were released in the autumn on the book festival website – ensuring the long-running literary festival was able to provide some activities for book-loving audiences.

Phil Hamlyn Williams, Chair of the Lincoln Book Festival Trust which organises the festival, said:

“The pandemic has been a huge blow for the arts locally and nationally but the roadmap for lifting of restrictions means audiences can finally look forward to visiting venues and enjoying live events again later this year

“We hope fans of literature will be as excited as we are about the prospect of Lincoln Book Festival making its return in 2021.”

Lincoln Book Festival places ‘history at its heart’, celebrating the city’s rich heritage by staging guest talks with authors of  new history writing and historical fiction. In recent years, the programme has been expanded to feature a wider array of genres, formats and styles including children’s and young adults fiction, poetry, thrillers, and food writing.

Best-selling historian Alison Weir, children’s fiction writer Sophie Cleverly, and food writer and critic William Sitwell were among the 2020 line-up. Previous guest authors include Michael Morpurgo, Tracy Borman and Janina Ramirez.

The 2021 Lincoln Book Festival will have a similarly diverse line-up and the popular flash fiction competition will also be back this year. The competition challenges authors of all ages to write ultra short stories of exactly 50 words on a designated theme, which will be announced later in the spring on the festival website.

Tickets for Lincoln Book Festival 2021 will go on sale this summer when the full line-up of authors is annnounced. For more information visit the festival website.