Welcome to Lavenham Literary Festival which returns during the weekend of  13, 14 and 15 November 2015 with a wonderful cast of writers.  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, will become once again a celebration of the written word. Lavenham also offers some outstanding hotels, restaurants, shops and galleries.  Please see under “Plan Your Visit” for more information. Tracy Borman will be returning to Lavenham this year to speak about her highly-acclaimed biography Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful Servant which reached No.4 in The Times Bestsellers List. Other highlights in 2015 will include a special tribute to the legendary John Buchan novel The Thirty Nine Steps.  Autumn 2015 is the centennial anniversary of the first publication of this fabulous adventure novel which has never been out of print.

Kate Mosse will be returning to Lavenham – for two sessions.  On Saturday 14 November, Kate will undoubtedly enthral our Festival audience, talking about her latest book The Taxidermist’s Daughter. On Festival Sunday, Kate will return as the interviewer, in conversation with a special guest – Sheila Hancock, about her most recent novel. Rachel Joyce, former actress, journalist, writer of plays for BBC Radio 4, and author of the Sunday Times and international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry  has joined the Saturday line-up.

We are very fortunate in welcoming Tom Holland as our dinner speaker. He is the author of books on Roman autocracy, Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam. Tickets will be available from The Swan at Lavenham no earlier than the end of August; we will announce the precise date here. Please be advised that ticket numbers are very limited.

Further news on the authors joining us in November and the festival arrangements will added here – so stay tuned!

Authors Signed up so far for 2015

Sheila Hancock

Sheila Hancock

Sheila Hancock‘s books include Ramblings of an Actress, The Two of Us, a number one bestseller about her marriage to John Thaw, and Just Me, a memoir of … Click for more info

Tom Holland

Tom Holland. Dynasty photo

Tom Holland’s Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar will be published this September. It covers the development of Roman autocracy between … Click for more info

Andrew Lownie

Andrew Lownie

Guy Burgess is the most important, complex and interesting of The Cambridge Spies. In Stalin’s Englishman Andrew Lownie presents a completely new picture of Guy Burgess. … Click for more info

Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book … Click for more info

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 42 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), … Click for more info

Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman, highly acclaimed historian and best-selling author, is thrilled to be returning to Lavenham and we are delighted that she thinks so highly of our Festival … Click for more info