Sunday 22 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.
Sunday Day Ticket
Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes: £30
For just £30, you can spend the day at MK Lit Fest. The Sunday Day Ticket gives you access to our events with Colin Butcher, Lisa Blower and Chris Power, Simon Garfield, Lissa Evans, Andrew Hodges, Dan Cruickshank and Attila the Stockbroker. (Workshop tickets must be purchased separately, as must free tickets for the Kassia St Clair Heritage Open Days event.)
Workshop: Memoir Club Launch Event
Events Space, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 10am: £15
Always wanted to write a memoir? Join a team from the Open University for the launch of Memoir Club, with follow-up events in October and November at the Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney. After a series of practical reading and writing activities, you will go home with your title, your opening paragraph and a helpful hand-out to support you.
Workshop: Screenwriting with Rosemary Hill
Events Space, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 12 noon: £15
Rosemary Hill is an accomplished and experienced series writer, producer, director and consultant, working in film, media and theatre, who has taught screen writing for several years. Join her for this exclusive MK Lit Fest workshop opportunity.
Colin Butcher and Molly the Dog: The Pet Detectives
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 11am: £5
Molly and Me is the heart-warming true story of how a rescue dog, and her owner, became the ultimate pet-detective duo, tracking down and rescuing hundreds of lost pets across the country. Colin is the UK’s leading authority on tracing and recovering missing, stolen and lost pets: together, they are The Pet Detectives, aka the UKPD.
The Modern Short Story: Chris Power and Lisa Blower
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 12.15pm: £5
Short story lovers, join us to hear new voices as we present the authors of two debut collections. Lisa Blower's stories tell tales of working lives in contemporary Britain, while Chris Power writes stories peopled by men and women who find themselves at crossroads or dead ends.
Simon Garfield: My Life as a Dog
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 1.30pm: £5
Simon Garfield is the author of a diverse and unpredictable canon of non-fiction, including Mauve, Just My Type and On The Map. A Mass Observation trustee, he has edited several books of diaries from the archive. His next book, My Life as a Dog, was written with the help of his 12 year old Labrador Ludo.
Lissa Evans: Old Baggage (MK Lit Fest Book Club Choice)
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 2.45pm: £5
During the women’s suffrage campaign, Mattie was a militant. Jailed five times, she marched, sang, gave speeches, smashed windows and heckled Winston Churchill. Nothing since then has had the same depth or excitement. Now in middle age, she is looking for a fresh mould into which to pour her energies. Join Lissa Evans for our MK Lit Fest Book Club event!
Andrew Hodges: Decoding Alan Turing, C20th Icon (BSL Signed Event)
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 4pm: £5
Andrew Hodges' Alan Turing: The Enigma first appeared in 1983 and has inspired works for stage, film, fiction, and music. Nearly forty years on, he will reflect on the different kinds of secret histories that were involved in uncovering Alan Turing's extraordinary life and death. Andrew will be in conversation with Sir Dermot Turing, Alan Turing's nephew.
Kassia St Clair: The Golden Thread - How Fabric Changed History (BSL Signed Event)
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 5.30pm: Free (Heritage Open Days; booking required)
Kassia St Clair's books The Secret Lives of Colour and The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History have both been selected as a Radio 4 Book of the Week. A regular broadcaster on design and culture, she will be in conversation with textile artist Jane Charles to talk about the role of fabric in shaping human societies.
Dan Cruickshank: Adventures in Architecture (BSL Signed Event)
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 7pm: £10
Dan Cruickshank is an architectural historian, television presenter, Honorary Fellow of RIBA and a member of the Architectural Panel of the National Trust. As a leading expert on architecture and historic buildings, he is a frequent contributor to The Architects’ Journal and The Architectural Review.
Attila the Stockbroker
The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 8.30pm: £10
Attila the Stockbroker has toured the world performing his sharp-tongued, radical social surrealist poetry and songs for 39 years, doing over 3400 gigs in 24 countries and releasing over 40 CDs/LPs/singles, 8 books of poetry and, in 2015, his autobiography Arguments Yard.