27th April 2019 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 pm
Parkside Community Hall
Woburn St
Ampthill, Bedford MK45
£3.92 – £16.50

The fifth Ampthill Literary Festival, part of Ampthill Festival, will take place on: Saturday 27th April at Parkside Hall, Ampthill.

The morning sessions will include a selection of workshops for adult writers and children’s story telling activities including a session at Ampthill Library for under 9s. Tickets for these events will be limited and will go on sale in the New Year. Keep your eyes on our Facebook page for announcements for further information.

As usual, we are keeping the ticket structure simple. There will be afternoon and evening tickets available. If you wish to attend the whole day, please purchase both afternoon and evening tickets.

The afternoon sessions will have a selection of speakers to suit all tastes: a panel discussion featuring local authors – Adam Croft, Anthony Lowery and Robert Daws; debut author of The Rapture, Claire McGlasson, (publication date June 2019) will share her in depth knowledge of the Panacea Society in Bedford (the setting for her novel); and the afternoon finale will be Ruth Hogan, returning to the festival by popular demand to share her latest release with us.

This year our evening session will be split by an interval: offering something for everyone as well as plenty of opportunities to have a drink at the bar and share your literary festival experiences with fellow literature lovers.

To open our evening event there will be an exclusive screening of the short film Car Keys along with an interview with the great minds behind this locally made film including the writer, Amy Rich and actors Robert Daws and Linda Armstong. During the interval our guests will be entertained by The Antipoet and the finale of the festival is an interview with award winning journalist and novelist, Allison Pearson.

The winners of our writing competitions will also be announced during the day (the writing competition opens in January – see our Facebook page in the New Year for more details).

Vintage Be will be returning to AmpLiterary by popular demand. They will be on site throughout the day with their delicious home-made cakes, light snacks and cordials, and there will be prosecco, wine and beer to enjoy between events.

AmpLiterary Bookshop will be on site for your book purchasing needs and all our authors will be signing books after their appearances.

The timing of the events and ticket prices for Ampthill Literary Festival are available on ampthillfestival.com

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Ticketed events


Kate Fulford workshop (09:30-11:30)

Author of ‘Inlaws and Outlaws’, Kate Fulford, is delivering a workshop delving into the creative process of writing. If you are looking for insights into how to kick start your own creativity this is the workshop for you.

Toby Litt workshop (10:00-11:00)

Author and academic, Toby Litt, is delivering a workshop exploring what makes a good story. What can’t a story do without? How do you fix a story that isn’t working? In this workshop, Ampthill-born writer Toby Litt will give you new ways to improve your storytelling skills.

Fibs and Fables – Family story telling event (11:15-11:00)

A treasure trove of stories aimed at families and children of all ages.


Afternoon session (12:15-17:30)

The afternoon gives you access to four consecutive sessions including:

·       a panel discussion with Anthony Lowery, author of ‘The Man in my Footsteps’, best-selling crime author Adam Croft and chaired by author of the Rock series, Robert Daws

·       Claire McGlasson, author of ‘The Rapture’, will be reflecting on her fictional account of Bedford’s The Panacea Society ‘A terribly British cult’

·       the return of Richard & Judy Book Club winner and AmpLiterary favourite, Ruth Hogan, to talk about her latest release ‘Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel’


Evening session (19:00-22:00)

18:30 The Antipoet greeting guests

19:00-20:00 Screening of Car Keys followed by panel discussion – Amy Rich (screenwriter), David Anderson (director), Clair Robinson (producer) and featured actors including Robert Daws and Linda Armstrong.

Interval – 45 mins – with a further performance from The Antipoet

20:45-22:00 Allison Pearson – interviewed by Ali Nichol

Additional events

9:45– 10:45 – Ampthill Library – Workshop for under 9s with a focus on illustration – hosted by Christine Tennent, author of children’s book ‘Horace Burp’, and illustrator Robert Overend (tickets available at the library). 

12:00 – 12:15 – Parkside Hall – Presentation of prizes to the winner of the Children’s Writing Competition (free)

16:45 – 17:30 – Parkside Hall – Presentation of prizes to the winner of the Adult’s Writing Competition (free)

This programme is subject to change.

Ampthill Literary Festival 2019