About MK Lit Fest

'I have attended and spoken at loads of literary festivals but MK Lit Fest Is different: it's distinctive and authentic...' - Terence Blacker 

Welcome to Milton Keynes Lit Fest, set up in 2017 to promote and celebrate all things literary, bookish or wordy.  


The Lit Fest Steering Group brings together arts and education professionals and enthusiasts who share a love of books, words, writing, speaking and thinking.  We are a small team with big ambitions, and we are especially grateful to our wonderful volunteers who help us get the show on the road. 


After a triumphant debut in 2017 - with Lynton Kwesi Johnson, Michael Rosen and much more - we returned in 2018 with an even more ambitious programme, working with new Festival partners and venues to bring a cornucopia of the finest contemporary writing to the city.  Highlights included Hollie McNish, Mark Haddon and Lemn Sissay.


For MK Lit Fest 2019, we partnered with MK Gallery and other local organisations and groups, to bring an enhanced programme of workshops alongside performers including Paul Mason, Attila the Stockbroker, Carrie Gracie, Dan Cruickshank and Lissa Evans as well as a wealth of rising talent across the literary arts.

As world events took a dark turn, the Covid pandemic forced us to abandon our planned face-to-face festival in 2020, but we were able to deliver a series of online events through the Autumn, including poets John McCullough and Sophia Blackwell, flash fiction writers David Gaffney and Tania Hershman, the crime/horror novelist Peter Laws, the launch of our second MinK anthology of local writing and a collaboration with the Future Fossil project,

MK Lit Fest Steering Group​

  • John Best, Chair (Arts Gateway Milton Keynes)

  • Sharon Clark

  • Caroline Davies

  • Julie Dawes

  • Rob Gifford

  • Lynette Hill

  • Guy Russell

  • Dave Wakely

  • Jo Wellings

If you'd like to be involved in helping to organise and deliver MK Lit Fest 2021/2, please contact us and tell us about your relevant skills and experience.