Fiction Festival brings wealth of award-winning literary talent to King’s Lynn

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Next month’s King’s Lynn Fiction Festival will see a host of award-winning literary talents will take centre stage for a weekend of talks, discussions and readings.

Taking over Lynn’s Town Hall for the weekend of March 14-16, this year’s event will welcome the authors of a selection of historical, travel, mystery and biographical novels.

Chairman of the King’s Lynn Fiction Festival, Tony Ellis, said: “The programme is a blend of experienced and new writing, and of the nine writers, four have been before while five are new to Lynn.”

This year kicks off with Tracy Chevalier, whose second novel was translated into 38 languages and sold over four million copies worldwide before being made into an Oscar-nominated film. She is joined by D J Taylor in conversation with Rachel Hore.

Mr Ellis said: “Tracy Chevalier, the author of Girl With A Pearl Earring, makes her first appearance at Lynn, as does Scottish/Sierra Leone author Aminatta Forna. Both had new books out last year which I found a delight to read.

“The husband and wife team from Norwich, D J Taylor and Rachel Hore, have both had books out since the last festival and it is always a great relief when I hear they are available to entertain us and support the festival.”

On the Saturday, the discussion will be on the purpose of the novel. Later, there will be readings from N E David, Monisha Rajesh and Hayley Webster in conversation with Christopher West. In the evening, Aminatta Forna will read, followed by David Lodge in conversation with D J Taylor.

Mr Ellis said: “Monisha Rajesh is not to be missed. She was born in Lynn when her father was a houseman at the hospital and played cricket for Castle Rising. She has written a travel book, Around India in Eighty Trains, and is a lively personality who will add a dimension to the festival.

“I am delighted that David Lodge has agreed to take part once again. He came several times in the early days when he was writing campus novels, since when his books have continued to be a joy.”

The Sunday session will see Rachel Hore reading, with Lawrence Norfolk in conversation with Christopher Bigsby. The Festival will end with a discussion of the Reprise of the Booker Prize, with writers and audiences choosing their own Booker-of-Bookers.

Mr Ellis said: “As ever, I urge you to buy a season ticket at the discounted rate of £37.50 for the whole weekend. I look forward to seeing you there.”

Tickets are available from Tony Ellis on 01553 691661 or 761919. For more information, go to