North Notts Lit Fest

by | 6 September 2019 | Community Event, Community Focus, Hobbies, Retford, Worksop

North Nottinghamshire’s first-ever Literary Festival will be jumping off the page and into venues across Retford as part one very special weekend. The first-edition of the North Notts Lit Fest will include a total of 32 events in 10 venues across Retford and North Nottinghamshire, featuring award-winning authors, historians, poets, performances and even Panto Dames over two-and-a-half action packed days for all ages.

Just some of the unmissable experiences include talks from Retford’s own Stephen Booth sharing the secrets to his international success; BAFTA award-winning writer, TV producer Henry Normal and powerhouse poet Paul Cookson hosting an evening of poetry and performances; as well as other special guests including writer and historian Emily Brand, and the exceptional Talegate Theatre.

The North Notts Lit Fest will begin on Friday 13th September and continue through to Sunday 15th September. The full list of events is available at and also features talks, sessions and events from local writers groups, historic canal walks, ghostly guides around Retford and much, much more!

North Notts Literary Ambassador, Liz Carney-Marsh, said: “The North Notts Lit Fest will celebrate outstanding local authors, poets and performers as well as bring together local businesses and organisations to allow literary lovers to explore and enjoy what North Notts has to offer!

“We are delighted to be working with so many wonderful venues and organisations and we are proud to say that every one of our events has roots in North Notts. It serves as testament to how rich in literary talent North Nottinghamshire is. The creation of this festival is a natural evolution of our Short Story Competition and it will shine a light on all the good things are already happening within the local literary community.”

The festival is being funded by North Notts BID and Chief Executive Sally Gillborn, said: “North Notts BID is delighted to be sponsoring and supporting the North Notts LitFest which promises to be a fantastic event for the local community and will attract visitors from surrounding areas. It will also bring much-needed footfall into the town centres to help our local businesses thrive, whilst at the same time showcasing our wonderful area.”