The Easter Holidays are upon us and Woking Literary Festival is just around the corner! With an exciting line-up of events, talks, comedy and quiz nights, there really is something for the whole family to enjoy.

At The Lightbox, we strongly believe that art has the power to make you feel good. This is what we’re all about here – restoring, calming and providing a welcome relief from the frantic pace of life. Because of this, it is so important to us that we cater for everybody, which is why we host special Fundraising Events – like those you’ll find in the Literary Festival programme.

These events raise money for our Art and Wellbeing initiative, to provide opportunities for those that would otherwise not be able to access arts and heritage services to take part in creative workshops, including free drop-in sessions for families. The programme also includes Art in Mind sessions for those living with dementia and their carers or workshops for those affected by mental health issues.

This year, we’ve worked hard to put together the most exciting and ambitious line-up of Fundraising Events the Woking Literary Festival has ever seen, in the hope that we can raise as much money as possible to go towards our Community Projects.

These are:

In Conversation: Marie Phillips with Scott Pack
Celebrate World Book Night and Shakespeare’s birthday and join author Marie Phillips in conversation with her publisher Scott Pack for a lunch-time talk. They will be discussing Phillips’ new book ‘Oh, I Do Like To Be…’ a short, silly, modern update of ‘The Comedy of Errors’.
Tues 23 April, 2.00pm
Booking required | Suggested Donation £3 | Book now

Woking's Forgotten Benefactor: The Story of William Hamilton and his Family
Discover the little-known incredible life story of Woking’s benefactor William Hamilton and his family. Author and local history enthusiast Richard Langtree has spent over 15 years researching this story which he will share at this fascinating talk.
Wed 24 April, 2.00pm
Booking required | Suggested Donation £3 | Book now

Lost in Literature Quiz Night: Hosted by Publisher Scott Pack
Participants will have the chance to show off their literary knowledge whilst raising money for a good cause and the winning team will take home signed book copies from the featured authors.
Fri 26 April, 7.00pm
£8 Per Entrant | Book now

Alison Weir, Six Tudor Queens, Anna of Kleve; Queen of Secrets
Back by popular demand for the third year in a row, historical fiction author Alison Weir will present the latest instalment of her Six Tudor Queens series, ‘Anna of  Kleve: Queen of Secrets’. Copies are available to pre-order ahead of general publication and Alison will be pleased to sign your copy.
Sun 28 April, 7.00pm
£15 Adults | Book now

Of course, attending any of our Fundraising Events is a great way to both support the charity and learn a new skill or discover a new artist. But there are other ways you can help to support our initiative; volunteering, donating, becoming a Friend or Supporter or simply spreading the word about what we’re doing is instrumental in our success.

If you tell your friend who tells their brother who tells his friend’s mother about us, how many new faces can we get through our doors? How many new faces can feel good?