Welcome to the Smithdown Litfest

The Smithdown Litfest has author talks and readings for all ages, in community venues along the Smithdown Road corridor ‒ from Toxteth to Allerton. The aim of the Litfest is to present a programme of stimulating and enjoyable author events for local residents, and to encourage visitors from Liverpool and beyond to experience the culture and heritage in our area too.

This year’s Litfest is from Friday 13th to Thursday 19th September 2019.

Venues include Toxteth Library, Ullet Road Unitarian Church, and St Barnabas, Penny Lane. Entrance to events will be free of charge, but tickets will still need to be ordered in advance.

The authors will chat about their writing lives and books, read excerpts from their work, and answer questions from the audience. Each event will last for 1 to 1½ hours.

The Litfest was the idea of local resident Ian Skillicorn, who runs his own independent publishing company, and whose family connections to the Smithdown Road area go back to the 1800s. The Litfest also has the support of local venues. It is organised through a not-for-profit community interest company called Stories Unlimited (Company No. 07185399).

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Smithdown Litfest!

Thank you
The Smithdown Litfest would not be possible without the support of our event venues, volunteers and those who offer support in kind. We sincerely thank the following people: Robin Altwarg, Kevin Cowdall, Viki Rose Goulden, Susan Haniford, Lyn Jones, Marg Kelly, Guy Snaith, Rev Philip Waldron and our fantastic patron Ashley Dyer.

Funding for this year’s Litfest comes from the following, for which we also give many thanks.

Ann Cleeves: Mayoral Neighbourhood Fund (Liverpool City Council) courtesy of Cllr Lawrence Brown

John McArdle: Wyndham Books

Quality of Mersey: Mayoral Neighbourhood Fund (Liverpool City Council) courtesy of Cllr Lawrence Brown

Simon Hughes: Wyndham Books

Tatenda Taibu: Wyndham Books

Jonny Duddle: Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust

Caz Finaly: Mayoral Neighbourhood Fund (Liverpool City Council) courtesy of Cllr Lawrence Brown

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