The fifth Lavenham Literary Festival came to a hugely successful conclusion last November, after three days of sessions which were invariably as interesting as they were brilliantly delivered, and therefore both inspiring and entertaining. Our beautiful mediaeval village with its Guildhall, heralded as the finest example of a timbered building of the period in the UK, and its 300 listed buildings, became once again a celebration of the written word. Visit the Archive 2017 for information on the speakers who took part.

We are beginning to plan the sixth Literary Festival, which will take place on 17 to 19 November 2019,  but before that there are more events in store: the Second Children’s Festival will take place on 20 and 21 October 2018, and the annual literary dinner at the Swan in Lavenham is planned for 16 November 2018.

Those who have joined us for the first Children’s Festival will know it is full of exciting activities for youngsters and their families including “meet the authors”, storytelling and workshops on drawing, writing and illustrating.

As for the literary dinner, we can already announce that journalist, playwright, and broadcaster Ian McMillan has agreed to address us. Winner of the Best Writer O2 Media Awards, he has  been resident poet at English National Opera and UK Trade & Investment Poet, among other recognitions.

Ian McMillan is a writer and broadcaster who presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3 every Friday night. He has written poems, plays, a verse autobiography Talking Myself Home and a voyage round Yorkshire in Neither Nowt Nor Summat. He watches Darfield and Yorkshire Cricket Clubs.

Ian’s latest collection To Fold The Evening Star – New and Selected Poems (Carcanet) was published last year.
At the moment, he’s writing songs for choirs with Luke Carver Goss, working on an opera about the 1918-19 influenza epidemic with composer Michael Betteridge and telling the stories of The Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes (More4).