Liverpool Literary Festival returns this Autumn with an impressive programme made up of lectures, presentations and workshops; featuring a spectacular array of speakers including 2018 Man Booker Prize longlist nominee Sally Rooney and Blackadder star Tony Morrison. The festival takes place over the weekend, 19th – 21st October, centred mainly in the Victoria Gallery & Museum. Below are a selection of event highlights across the festival:


The Liverpool Literary Lecture – Val McDermid – Killing People for Fun and Profit, 6pm – 7pm Victoria Gallery & Museum
Bestselling crime author of the Wire in the Blood series, Val McDermid, will discuss her writing, inspirations and the undeniable pull of crime fiction. Book tickets here.


New Voices, with Alex Clark, Sally Rooney, Lisa McInerney and Anthony Joseph, 10am – 11.15am Victoria Gallery & Museum

Sally Rooney

This panel, led by Guardian and Observer critic Alex Clark, features three talented new voices in the world of literature. Particularly of note is 2018 Man Booker Prize nominee Sally Rooney, whose debut novel Conversations with Friends earned the title of Book of the Year from a vast array of broadsheets. Book tickets here. 

A Date with Tony Robinson, 11.45am – 12.45pm Victoria Gallery & Museum
Star of Blackadder and Time Team, Sir Tony Robinson will discuss his life and outstanding work in comedy and history. Book tickets here.

BBC Radio 4 Book Club, 12.30pm – 1.30pm Foresight Centre
As Radio 4 Book Club celebrate its 20th anniversary, host James Naughtie invites writers to discuss their best known novel with readers. The subject of this particular show is The Lonely by Andrew Michael Hurley. This is a unique opportunity to participate in one of Radio 4’s most popular arts programmes which will then be broadcast in December. Book tickets here.

Sarah Perry Reading and in Conversation with James Naughtie, 8pm – 9.15pm Victoria Gallery & Museum
Author of the critically acclaimed novel The Essex Serpent Sarah Perry will perform a reading from her brand new novel Melmoth and discuss her writing process with BBC Radio 4’s iconic broadcaster James Naughtie. Book tickets here.


Common People, with Alison Light, Kit de Waal, 2pm – 3.15pm Victoria Gallery & Museum

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

This panel, led by English lecturer Sam Solnick, intends to explore what the notion of ‘common people’ means in today’s society with four writers who have dedicated their work to this investigation. Book tickets here. 

Frank Cottrell-Boyce ‘What will we do with all these people?’, 7pm – 8.15pm Victoria Gallery & Museum
Following on from the AI debate at the Open House festival earlier this year, this event aims to further explore the role of robots and the impact they will have on the position of humans. Cottrell Boyce was a member of the creative team who helped Danny Boyle stage the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Book tickets here.

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