The popular Woking Literary Festival returns for its third year at The Lightbox from 18 – 29 April 2019 with an extended line-up of events.

With best-selling author talks, pop-up book shop and a masterclass for aspiring authors, literary lovers are in for a treat. All proceeds from our fundraising events will go towards the Art and Wellbeing programme of The Lightbox charity, which provides creative workshops for those that would not otherwise be able to access arts and heritage services. The Festival is kindly supported by Woking Borough Council, Nielsen Book and The Tipsy Pigs.

This year’s festival has something for the entire family.

The Bear and the Piano

Children and adults alike will be charmed by the tale of The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield. Enjoy this moving story of exploration and belonging from a prize-winning author-illustrator complete with real piano sounds played by the bear!

Thurs 18 April, 2.00pm
£9.50 Adult and One Child | £5 Add-on Ticket

Fundraising Event
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

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Best-Selling Women of Crime Panel:
Amanda Robson, C.L. Taylor, Mel Sherratt, Katerina Diamond

Later in the evening crime-loving visitors can immerse in mystery and drama at the Best-Selling Women of Crime Panel that features the stellar line-up of Amanda Robson, C.L. Taylor, Mel Sherratt and Katerina Diamond, each presenting the secrets behind their most recent literary releases.

Tues 23 April, 7.00pm
£15 Adults | £12 Friends

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Fundraising Event
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

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Joke in the Box: Literary Special

The Lightbox Thursday Late returns with a Joke-in-the-Box Literary Special, featuring Tim Bucker and his ‘History of Comic Books’ sketch, Njambi McGrath, comedian and author of BAME Shortlisted 'Through The Leopard's Gaze', regular Aidan Goatley, author of 'Never Eat The Buffet At A Sex Club', and popular comedic spoken word artist Robert Garnham.

Thurs 25 April, 7.30pm
£10 Adults | £8 Friends

Fundraising Event
Lost in Literature Quiz Night: Hosted by Publisher Scott Pack

To raise money for the Art and Wellbeing programme a Lost in Literature Quiz Night will be hosted by 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

Poetry Day
Performance Poetry and Open Mic in Seasons Café: Featuring Published Performance Poet Robert Garnham

Seasons Café will be buzzing with spoken-word performers and poets during a special free drop-in literary Open Mic session, featuring comic and published performance poet Robert Garnham.

Sat 27 April, 11.00am - 4.00pm
Free entry | Donations Welcome

Poetry Day
Interactive Poetry with Award-Winning Poet Joseph Coelho

Acclaimed children’s performance poet and playwright Joseph Coelho will perform his unique family-friendly Interactive Poetry experience.

Sat 27 April, 2.00pm
£9.50 Adult and One Child | £5 Add-on Ticket

AJ Pearce: Letters from Mrs Bird
Art Fund Prize Gallery

Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller author AJ Pearce will take over The Lightbox Art Fund Prize Gallery from 16 - 28 April 2019 with a new and unique exhibition that showcases memorabilia from the complex research process behind ‘Dear Mrs Bird’.

Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3

In Conversation: AJ Pearce with Marilyn Scott

Fans of the book can join In Conversation: AJ Pearce in with Marilyn Scott, Director of The Lightbox, as AJ reflects on the success of her first book and exclusively reveals news on Emmeline Lake’s upcoming adventures in the forthcoming sequel.

Sun 28 April, 2.00pm
£10 Adults | £8 Friends

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Fundraising Event
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 will be available in The Lightbox Shop ahead of general publication and Alison will be pleased to sign your copy.

Sun 28 April, 7.00pm
£15 Adults

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Guardian Masterclass with Publisher Scott Pack:
How to Perfect Your Submission for Publishers

Closing the jam-packed festival of literary fun is a Guardian Masterclass delivered by experienced publisher Scott Pack. He will offer straight-talking advice on how budding writers can ensure their book submissions get noticed by editors. Participants will learn about how to identify the right publisher or agent, how to write an engaging synopsis and what to put in the all-important cover letter to get you noticed.

Mon 29 April, 11.00am - 2.30pm
£50 Adults | £45 Friends | Includes a Buffet Lunch

Woking Literary Festival will take place from the 18 – 29 April 2019. Advance booking is required and spaces are limited. Book online or call 01483 737837 during opening hours to secure a place.