June Events

Christophers Tamworth

Tamworth Readers and Writers Group with bestselling Erotic Romance author Lucy Felthouse.

Date: 20th June 10:30am at Christopher’s Restaurant in Tamworth

Please note this is a FREE event and to book please visit Facebook



New Revamped Quiz Night

Colin Grazier.jpgJoin in our first New Revamped Quiz Night

On 19th January 2017 at 7:30pm our new revamped quiz night gets underway at the fabulous Colin Grazier hotel and Ubar 21-22 Church St Tamworth.

Why not get a team together and join us to see if you and your team have got what it takes to win and become the top team on the night. The questions have been made easier to give a fair competition to all teams that enter, with new picture rounds, mystery voices and theme tunes to test your knowledge and expertise.

There are also prizes to be won with the pirate pot of cash now standing at £50.00. Teams limited to four people with an entry fee of £2.50 per team, last entry for teams is at 7:30pm on the night or book a place by emailing tamlitfest@gmail.com

Colin Grazier Hotel and Ubar http://ubar.yolasite.com/


A Great Success


img_20161207_2039064_rewindOur Dickens Penny Reading on 7th December has been hailed a great success by the well-night full Town Hall. All were enthralled by a superb performance from Geoff Hales. As the images show a number of people attending arrived in quite authentic period attire.

The evening was celebrated with an excellent mince pie and mulled punch. Our thanks to the Mayor Councillor Ken Norchi for hosting and to M&S Tamworth for their support and the refreshments.


Photograph from left to right:  Mayor Councillor Ken Norchi, Guest Speaker Geoff Hales, Tamworth Literary Festival Chairman Anthony Poulton-Smith and Tamworth and District Civic Society Chairman Dr David Biggs

Tamworth Writing Competition


Are you a creative writer?

Entries are now open for The Tamworth and District Civic Society and Tamworth Writers Group Tamworth writing competition.

With prizes totalling £310.00 Which will hopefully aspire all budding writers to enter. All submissions must not have been published previously. Entries must  be set in and around Tamworth Staffordshire and a particular building or address.

The closing date for all entries  is Tuesday 31st January 2017. Winners to be announced in April 2017.

For full entry details please click on the writing-competition PDF link.

Good luck to all who enter.

Maids, Wives, Widows

maid-wives-and-widowsSpecial Offer

We at Tamworth Literary Festival are delighted to announce the release of Maids, Wives and Widows by Sara Reed.

Those of you who came to Sara’s fascinating look at the beginnings of the modern woman in May will be delighted to know her book is now available.

Orders are welcomed from the author herself at just £15.00 instead of £18.00 for a hardback and she will sign and dedicate the book as requested – we agree with Sara they make great Christmas presents!

Email Sara on sararead@aol.com or via twitter @floweringbodies to arrange payment and collection


Dickens Penny Reading

dickens-penny-readingWednesday 7th December Tamworth Town Hall why not start your Christmas celebrations with us by coming along to the Dickens Penny Reading.

It is thought that Charles Dickens came to Tamworth’s historic Town Hall to deliver his famed Penny Readings during the 19th Century. Now in the 21st Century, Tamworth Literary Festival brings Geoff Hales to recreate this event.

In period dress and with Christmas lights as a backdrop, hear readings from all of the famous authors festive works including A Christmas Carol to add ambience, we are encouraging the audience to attend in appropriate 19th century attire. Please see attached Dickens Penny Reading A4 PDF Poster or additional information on our Facebook page.

Twilight Tales

twilight-tales-resizedSaturday 29th October why not celebrate Halloween with us. We are holding a day where Authors will be sharing their Ghostly Tales, Horror Stories and True Crime.

Writers and budding writers can attend workshops suitable for all ages. There will be plenty of opportunity to meet the authors and purchase signed copies of their books.

Come and meet Midland Paranormal Investigations who will
be on hand to talk about their services and will be relating to experiences from the books from local author Anthony Poulton- Smith

The event takes place at St Editha’s Church Hall and Tamworth Library please see the attached PDF Poster further details twilight-tales-pdf-a4-poster or additional information on Facebook and the Facebook Event Page

Romancing the Word

Romancing the Word flyerDoing anything on Saturday June 11th 2016? Why not join us celebrate the wonderful world of romance with a selection of authors handpicked by LitFest. The event includes author talks and readings, a workshop and an informal ‘meet the authors’ event where you can have a chat and get your hands on signed books.

Entrance to the meet the authors event at Tamworth library is FREE. The author talks, readings and workshop – taking place in St Editha’s – are ticketed, priced at £3 each. Alternatively you can opt for the whole day ticket of £8.

Tickets are available from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre, Corporation Street, Tamworth (tel: 01827 709581). Or you can contact us directly (see Keep In Touch for email link).

Additional information on Facebook and the Facebook Event page.

Maids, Wives, Widows

Sara Read May 11thTamworth resident and lecturer in the Department of English and Drama at Loughborough University Sara Read will be appearing at Tamworth Town Hall to talk about her book Maids, Wives, Widows: Exploring Early Modern Women’s Lives 1540-1740.

Sara’s appearance on Wednesday 11th May 2016 from 7pm will be an opportunity for anybody who has an interest in the stories of everyday people, to hear tales of daily life as seen through the eyes of women during over two hundred years of history.

Tickets cost £3 and can be bought on the door on the night, in advance from Tamworth Information Centre, Corporation Street, Tamworth or by emailing LitFest directly (see ‘Keep in touch’ elsewhere on this website).

Meet The Author: Julia Ibbotson

Have you booked your tickets for our What’s Cooking event yet?

If not here’s a little encouragement in the form of some background to one of the fabulous authors who will be on hand to talk about her book The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen and some of the recipes it contains.

The Old Rectory:  Escape to a Country Kitchen - Julia Ibbotson
The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen

Julia Ibbotson lives with her second husband in the heart of England in a renovated Victorian rectory. With their four children having grown up, she is now suffering from empty nest syndrome.

Julia read English and Sociology at Keele University after a turbulent but exciting gap year in Ghana. She wrote her first novel at 10 years of age, but life (and the need to earn a living as a single mother) intruded and she became a school teacher. On gaining her PhD as a (very) mature student, Julia moved on to be a university lecturer.

Apart from academic research texts, Julia has written a memoir The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen (with recipes) and a children’s book S.C.A.R.S, before embarking on her Drumbeats trilogy.

Julia is currently completing a new novel, A Shape on the Air, a historical/romance time-slip story. Apart from insatiable reading, she loves travelling the world, singing in a community choir and a rock choir, swimming, yoga, Pilates, and walking in the English countryside.