Burnley Literary Festival

burnleyLiterary Festival

28 Sept – 1 Oct 2018

Welcome to the third annual Burnley Literary Festival! 4 days of fantastic literary themed sessions at a range of venues across Burnley town centre. From books to  broadcasts, comics to characters, movies to monologues, poetry to podcasts, storytelling to street theatre, and writers to workshops… there’s something for everyone in Burnley town centre at this year’s Festival.

This year’s festival focuses on the themes of Women and Wellbeing so look out for lots of interesting sessions relating to one or both themes.

Plus this year we are going BIG! The Festival is going beyond Burnley town centre, and beyond the Festival, with sessions across Burnley and Padiham, and sessions before and after the 4 jam packed days!

See what’s in store and book your place on our brilliant Festival sessions here

Burnley Literary Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Burnley Literary Festival is grateful to it’s sponsorship partner Tesco Burnley and for the support of town centre partners.

What's On?


A poem for Burnley

The world’s first random poetry generating bicycle even paid the festival a visit, and with the help of Winston H Plowes participants created a unique poem for Burnley:

Hold to The Truth

Burnley is a popping candy audio,
a ride through the whispering fields
of fifty shades of green wheat.
Cresting the brow of Manchester Road
Burnley is colourful, Burnley is loud
Listen to the truth.

Burnley is a surprise party of pugs,
the entertainer in red, white and blue
a hive of busy bees at a festival of light
people laughing at the sights.
A Disneyland with friends
Burnley is a circus in the sky
Celebrate the truth.

Burnley is a world of shoes,
a crazy costume for Halloween.
It’s a long black pinafore
with three stars on each sleeve
Burnley is Pretty
Dress for the truth.

Burnley is a portrait of cats and pigeons,
a town held firm between two lions
the tower of Babel on canvas.
A beautiful painting of long black hair
Burnley is a purple sky on a unique night
Look for the truth.

Burnley has dark hair and brown eyes,
people with foot long smiles
that make other people happy.
Burnley is the knot of a tent that puts itself up
Be true to yourself.

List of Contributors –

Amy, Burnley | Annie, Huncoat | Anon | Carrie & Janet, Burnley | Charlie & Ellie, Burnley | Eddie | Edward, Burnley | Greg Dunn, Burnley | Jeff, Bob & Kevin, Burnley | Kirsten, Burnley | Leanne Ashworth, Burnley | Lucy, Colne | Phil & Anna, Burnley | Sophie, Blackburn | Stephanie, Burnley | Thomas & Logan, Burnley | Valerija, Latvia

Burnley Literary Festival 2017 Flash Fiction competition results.

We were really pleased to receive so many high standard entries to the competition.

Our Judging Panel thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every entry and were really impressed with the thought and creativity put into what is a challenging format. Key things the Judges were looking for were emotional impact; overarching narrative or plot; and an interesting and engaging story.

The winner of each category will receive books to the value of £100 and the opportunity to read their story out live on BBC Radio Lancashire.

The winners for each category are as follows:-

50 Words

WINNER – ‘Love’ by Christine Frost of Mereclough in Cliviger, Burnley
HIGHLY COMMENDED – ‘Total Eclipse’ by Edward Johnson of Burnley

20 Words

WINNER – ‘A Guilty Secret’, by Steve Rose of Lancaster
HIGHLY COMMENDED – ‘Lucky Devils’ by Mary Hartley of Cliviger, Burnley

10 Words

WINNER – ‘I waited’ by Mary Hartley of Cliviger, Burnley

Congratulations to our winners and those who were highly commended!

Thank you to Sarah Crossley of Burnley College for her skill and expertise in delivering the Flash Fiction workshops during the Festival and the competition.

Contact us if you want to get involved.

01282 425011 ext 3329