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LitFest 2018 Programme - Wizards at the Castle and a Bedroom in Arles

Chris Satori

Lancaster Litfest has published its exciting new programme of events for LitFest 2018.  Running throughout March (with a storytelling warm-up/cool-down either side) they bring you a month filled with novelists, poets, short story writers, spoken word artists, illustrators, nature writers, vloggers, podcasters and storytellers...

To launch the festival is 'Harry Potter's Fantastic Beasts: an evening with Olivia Lomenech Gill'. It's a wonderful night at Lancaster castle exploring Rowling's wizarding world. We close the festival with the return of Lancaster favourite - master storyteller Dominic Kelly and his new family friendly production exploring Swedish troll tales...

The second event of Litfests Poetry day on 17 March will welcome Beautiful Dragons Press for the launch of their latest unique collaborative anthology — Noble Dissent.
Featuring 72 poets from across the world this anthology celebrates standing your ground and advocating for change. Sadly we can't have all 72 poets here on the day but come and hear some of them pull out the soap boxes and blow their whistles…

Building on their popularity last year they have also expanded out 'Combo Ticket' scheme. You can now get great deals for all events running on YA Day, Independent Publishing Day, Poetry Day and throughout our new series of nature writing events - Litfest Springfest!

You can download the programme and book tickets online at

February Warm Up Storytelling

For the LitFest warm-up event, Debs Newbold, highly celebrated performer and Shakespeare’s Globe storyteller, will deliver 'Lost in Blue' a touching, funny, cinematic and surreal onewoman show enhanced by live music technology on 19th February at the Storey at 7pm.  

Through the prism of Vincent van Gogh’s recognisable late work, Bedroom in Arles, she explores the phenomenon of living life in a coma and the healing power of art. The piece is directed by internationally renowned teacher and director John Wright, also known as a founding member of acclaimed theatre companies Trestle and Told by an Idiot.

When she was three years old, Annie's life was skewed off-course. On her 18th birthday, it threatens to happen again. What is it like to be in a coma? To love someone in a coma? What would van Gogh say about it if you hung out with him in his room at Arles? And what does a pigeon called Muhammad Ali eat for breakfast?
Runtime approximately: 90 mins + interval

Debs Newbold's storytelling brings together the poetic and the irreverent, the epic and the everyday. She is one of the UK's fastest rising performance storytellers, regularly playing venues such as the Royal Opera House, the British Library, the Southbank Centre, the RSC and Shakespeare's Globe as well as many prestigious festivals and friendly intimate spaces in both the UK and abroad. Twice voted one of the top five acts at the Towersey Festival (the only Spoken Word Artist in its fifty year history ever to achieve this), Storyteller for Shakespeare's Globe and the English Folk Dance & Song Society, Debs is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading performers of contemporary storytelling.

Tickets cost £12/£10 and can be purchased online at, in Person at Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres, and by phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808.