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Lavenham Literary Festival

Latest news plus information about our plans for 2021 and 2022

A warm welcome to our website.  Lavenham Literary Festival usually takes place in our beautiful medieval village in November over a long weekend.  It is renowned for its friendly atmosphere where authors and audiences can come together to celebrate a shared love of books. 

We are sad to let you know that due to the current crisis we have had to take the decision to cancel the Main Festival in 2021 but we are busy working on alternative options so watch this space! 

The Festival Dinner is scheduled to take place on Friday 5 November in The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and our brilliant guest speaker will be The Rt. Hon. Alan Johnson, former Home Secretary and author of This Boy and Please Mr Postman amongst other witty and engaging books.

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Meanwhile we hope you are staying safe and getting much pleasure from your reading. 

"Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading made my dreams come true." Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court).

"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home." Anna Quindlen (Pulitzer prize-winning author).

We are proud that East Anglia is buzzing with distinguished authors. 

Here are a few suggestions of their books to enjoy.

Clare Mulley Book Cover

Clare Mulley’s biography of Eglantyne Jebb tells the story of a woman who, not particularly fond of children herself, nevertheless dedicated her life to establishing Save the Children. Eglantyne Jebb was a brilliant, charismatic, and passionate woman, who moved between drawing-rooms and war zones and was not afraid to defy the law.

Anyone for Edmund Book Cover

Under tennis courts in the ruins of a great abbey archaeologists find the remains of St. Edmund, once venerated as England’s patron saint. Politicians, archaeologists and a reclusive monk all get involved, with St. Edmund himself looking on. Simon Edge mixes ancient and modern, poking fun at Westminster culture and religious cults in a beguiling comedy.

The Secrets of the Lake Cover

From Liz Trenow, best-selling author of The Last Telegram and The Silk Weaver, comes The Secrets of the Lake (May 2021) inspired by her Suffolk roots and the mysterious local legend of the Wormingford. The novel features a young woman in the 1950s, exploring how traumas of war reverberate through succeeding generations and how a community is rocked by the disappearance of a young Down’s Syndrome boy.