Saturday 21 September
Please arrive at least fifteen minutes before the scheduled start of your chosen events to allow time for registration and seating. Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in performances.
Free tickets are available for 16 - 25 year olds for selected events. Click for details.
Saturday Day Ticket
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes. £30
For just £30, you can spend the day at MK Lit Fest. A Saturday Day Ticket gives admission to our events with Jack Sheffield, Mary Jean Chan and Luke Kennard, Toby Litt, Preti Taneja, Chris Ryan, Carrie Gracie and Sam Byers. (Workshop tickets must be purchased separately, and are not included in the Day Ticket.)
Workshop: Editing Your Own Writing
Events Space, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 10am: £15
Authors must learn not only to read like writers, but to write like readers. Join experienced fiction editor Sue Tyley to explore techniques and approaches to editing your own writing - not only to increase your chances of being accepted by editors, agents and publishers, but also to improve the stories you write.
Workshop: How to Pitch to Agents and Publishers
Events Space, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 4pm: £15
A great opportunity for aspiring authors! Bestselling writer Tracy Buchanan will show you how to craft a submission package to agents and publishers, including how to write the perfect covering letter. Tracy will also share exclusive insider knowledge about what agents and publishers are looking for right now, and an overview of how the book industry works.
Jack Sheffield: Changing Times
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 11am: £5
In the late 1970s and 80s, Jack was headteacher of two schools in North Yorkshire and began to record his many amusing stories of village life in the best selling Teacher Teacher series. Changing Times, the twelfth novel in the series, appears in July 2019.
Two Contemporary Poets: Luke Kennard and Mary Jean Chan
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 12.15pm: £5
Mary Jean Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong: her debut collection, Flèche, is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Luke Kennard's fifth collection, Cain, was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. In 2014 he was named one of the Next Generation Poets by the Poetry Book Society in their once per-decade list.
Toby Litt: Patience
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 1.30pm: £5
Toby Litt grew up in Ampthill, and has worked as a teacher, bookseller and subtitler. A Granta Best of Young British Novelist who teaches creative writing at Birkbeck College, he is a regular on Radio 3’s The Verb. Patience, his sixteenth book, is a remarkable story of love and friendship, courage and adventure. Toby will be in conversation with Gary Budden of Influx Press.
Preti Taneja: We That Are Young
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 2.45pm: £5
Preti Taneja's debut novel, We That Are Young, won the 2018 Desmond Elliot prize and gives us a modern-day King Lear set in India as a turbulent family battles for status in a nation in a constant state of transformation. 'Paints a picture of contemporary India we won't easily forget' [The Times of India]. Preti will be in conversation with the novelist, Umi Sinha.
Chris Ryan: Black Ops
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 4pm: £5
Chris Ryan spent 10 years in the SAS, involved in overt and covert operations, and as sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team. After writing about his experiences in the bestseller, The One That Got Away, he has written many works of non-fiction, bestselling novels and a series of childrens' books. Chris will be in conversation with Rob Gifford of Stony Words.
Carrie Gracie: Equal (BSL Signed Event)
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 5.30pm: £10
Carrie Gracie resigned from her role as BBC China Editor in a dispute over equal pay. Equal tells her story, explores why it is often so hard for women to assert their value in the workplace, and gives practical guidance on how to achieve equality for this and future generations of women. Carrie will be in conversation with the Open University's Prof Joanna Brewis.
Sam Byers: Perfidious Albion
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 7pm: £5
Sam Byers' second novel, Perfidious Albion, takes us to a near future small town in England where technology, politics and social media in post-Brexit Britain provide the context and the fuel for needle-sharp black-humoured satire.