The Lightbox Literary Festival

After a hugely successful launch in 2017, The Lightbox Literary Festival is back with an extended line-up of events. With thought provoking talks, pop-up book shop and a creative writing course, literary lovers are in for a treat.

Highlights include talks from Alastair Sooke, Alison Weir, Tim Weaver and Ami Bouhassane, as well as an Emily Bronte themed Literary Food & Film Night, the return of the Poetry Slam, and a new Creative Writing Course

Friday 20 - Sunday 29 April 2018
Various times, see details below


Annual Passes will be 2-for-1 during the Literary Festival! Visit Reception from 20-29 April 2018 to pick up two passes for the price of one. Just £7.50 will grant you and a friend free entry to all our exhibitions for a whole year.

Promotions Terms and Conditions: This buy one get one free offer entitles visitors to The Lightbox Literary Festival to 2 x Annual Passes purchased at The Lightbox reception for the Price of 1 at £7.50 from 20th April 2018 – 29th April 2018 inclusive. This voucher is non-transferable, cannot be exchanged for a cash value. If the second party is not with you today to complete their Annual Pass registration then the voucher provided can be used to redeem their free pass before 31 July 2018.


The Boy Who Bit Picasso: Alastair Sooke in conversation with Anthony Penrose
Alastair Sooke, art historian and journalist, will be in conversation with Antony Penrose, son of Lee Miller. Penrose’s connection with Picasso stems from when, as a child, he bit him. Picasso bit Antony back, which marked the beginning of their friendship.
Fri 20 April, 7.00pm
£25 including a glass of wine (fundraising talk)
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Introduction to Papermaking
Enjoy a hands-on introduction to papermaking with Jane Ponsford. Learn the basic techniques and processes of papermaking through demonstrations, then try out couching and casting sheets of paper. All materials included.
Sat 21 April, 10.30am
£25 Adults | £22 Friends
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An Audience with Tim Weaver
Tim Weaver is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the David Raker Missing Persons series. Nominated for a National Book Award, selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club and shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library award. Tim will talk about writing crime fiction and his eigth novel, 'I Am Missing'.
Sat 21 April, 2.00pm
£12 Adults | £10 Friends
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Ami Bouhassane - Lee Miller: A Life with Food, Friends & Recipes
Model, photographer, war correspondent and gourmet cook Lee Miller did everything wholeheartedly. Her granddaughter Ami Bouhassane’s cookbook/anthology looks at Miller’s life through the influence of food, exploring this part of her life as her most extraordinary personal achievement.
Sun 22 April, 1.00pm
£10 Adults | £8 Friends
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World Book Night Drop-in: Invitation Only
The Lightbox has been selected as a book distributer for World Book Night, a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read. We will be giving out 'My Name is Leon' by Kit De Waal to those who have been invited, everyone gets a goody bag, a free copy of the book, plus tea and cake.
Mon 23 April, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Free entry, invitation only

Sunny Angel In conversation with Fiamma Pather
Sunny Angel has written 'Wings' a moving but uncompromising account of her abuse at the hands of the man who groomed and imprisoned her. Sunny now uses her experiences to help others. Fiamma Pather is CEO of your Sanctuary, a charity who work to prevent domestic abuse and support the lives of those affected.
Thurs 26 April, 1.30pm
Free Event | Suggested donation £3 for your Sanctuary charity
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Alison Weir: Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen
Sunday Times best-selling author Alison Weir is returning this year talking about the next book in the series ‘Six Tudor Queens’, ‘Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen’. Copies available in the Festival Shop ahead of general publication. Alison will be pleased to sign your copy.
Sun 29 April, 7.00pm
£14 Adults | £12 Friends
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Creative Writing Course: Melanie Whipman
A creative writing course by Melanie Whipman, writer, editor and teacher, specialising in the short story form. Her work has been broadcast on Radio 4 and published in numerous literary and commercial magazines. Melanie’s debut short story collection, ‘Llama Sutra’ published in 2016, was the winner of the Rubery International Book Award short story category in 2017.
Wed 4 - Wed 25 April, 1.00pm - 2.30pm
£16 Adults, £14 Friends per session | 4 sessions £58, £53 Friends
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Literary Food & Film Night
Marking 200 years since the birth of one of literature’s most celebrated figures, this year’s themed evening will be all things Emily Bronte. Enjoy a fabulous four-course dinner before going upstairs to our Ambassador Room to watch Wuthering Heights.
Sun Fri 27 April, 7.00pm
£45 Adults | £40 friends includes dinner, film and a goody bag
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Poetry Day
The popular Poetry Day & Open Mic event returns for a second year at The Lightbox Literary Festival, hosted by Greg Freeman from Write Out Loud.
Sat 28 April, 11.00am
Free entry, suggested donation £3
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An audience with: Franny Moyle
Television producer and author Franny Moyle talks about her new book; Turner, The Extraordinary life and momentous times of J.M.W Turner. Franny’s first book Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites (2009) was adapted into BBC drama serial by screenwriter Peter Bowker.
Sat 28 April, 12.00pm
£12 Adults | £10 Friends
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The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA Date and time 20 April, 2018 10.30 - 29 April, 2018 21.00
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