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Tickets will be available online shortly, please check our website and social media for updates. Depending on availability, they will also be sold on the door.

All events are free to those under 18 or in full time education. They are half price to those under 25 or on benefits.

We are delighted to present this year’s Festival and look forward to seeing you at some or all of the events.  As always, we have great authors coming who will entertain, inform and intrigue while you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee (or something stronger) and eat delicious homemade cakes.


We remain deeply grateful for the support of our Patrons: Nicola Upson and Mike and Judy Spenser-Morris, and our Sponsors: The Trustees of the beautiful Unitarian Meeting House and Greene & Greene Solicitors. We also want to thank our wonderful volunteers.  Without all of you this Festival would not happen!


A message from our patrons, Mike & Judy Spenser-Morris

“It is with the greatest pleasure that Judy and I are again the proud Patrons of the Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival. As avid readers, we feel a particular affinity with the Festival’s desire to bring so many wonderful authors to Bury St Edmunds to talk about their work. Our incredible town, that has such a depth of history, is the perfect setting for a Literature Festival. 

“Once again, we have an exceptional gathering of wonderful authors ready to perform and talk about their work.  We are really looking forward to this year’s outstanding programme. We hope you are too.” 

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The fifth Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival will take place Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd October 2023.

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A message from our patron Nicola Upson

“With the isolation of recent years still so fresh in our minds, festivals feel more precious than ever, and the one in my home town is particularly special – so I’m thrilled to be looking ahead to this year’s Bury Litfest for the first time as one of its patrons.

“Growing up in a beautiful town where there’s a story around every corner is a wonderful gift for a writer. Stories are important. They enrich our lives and show us new possibilities. They help us understand who we are and who we’d like to be. And, as this year’s Abbey celebrations have shown, they connect us to our past and lay hopeful foundations for the future.

“The 2022 Litfest programme is a gloriously eclectic mix of stories: some fact, some fiction; some gritty, some heart warming; all inspirational. Please do join us in celebrating them.”

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