Matinées Prove Popular at YLF2020

We’ve made a special effort this year to ensure there’s something on at 2pm almost every day at YLF2020. And it’s paying off! One event has already sold out – The Lives and Works of the Bronté Family (Friday 27 March). But don’t worry, there’s still plenty left to enjoy. In particular…

If you’ve been watching The Crown, you’ll want to come and learn more about the glamorous couple behind the modern royal family. Join prize-winning historian Andrew Lownie on Tuesday 24 March as he presents a fresh and revealing portrait of The Mountbattens. To book, click here.

And for those who missed out last time she was in York, former NHS non-clinical team-leader Wendy Mitchell returns to talk about her personal experience of dementia in Somebody I Used to Know on Wednesday 25 March. To book, click here.

But that’s not all. On Saturday 21 March, we present Seni Seneviratne and Afshan D’souza Lodhi, two writers with distinctly Asian connections who will discuss their work and experiences in On Love. To book, click here.

While on Monday 23 March, three local women writing memoir and historical fiction share their stories of family secrets and struggle in Family History – Fact or Fiction. To book, click here.

So by Thursday 26 March you’ll be in need of some fresh air. And what better way to take it than by joining our Literary Themed Walk with Blue Badge Guide David Holt. To book call David on 07803 605037 or email

And to finish the week, on Saturday 28 March, two Young, Black and British writers, Jeffrey Boakye and Okey Nzelu, will tell us what’s like to grow up in the UK in the modern day and age. To book, click here.

For full details of all our events please visit the What’s On page of our website by clicking here where you can browse and book via the ticket links provided.

We hope you find something of interest and we look forward to seeing you at YLF2020!

York Literature Festival is supported by Arts Council England