Star Graham Norton will appear at Storyhouse for the Chester Literature Festival


Star TV and radio presenter Graham Norton will be one of the big names at this year’s Chester Literature Festival.

The Chester Literature Festival returns to Storyhouse this fall and some big names taking part in this year’s event have now been revealed.

Before the main festival, there will be a special visit to Graham Norton’s Storyhouse.

The superstar presenter, chat host and voice of Eurovision is also an acclaimed author with several award-winning bestselling novels to his name.

His latest book, Forever Home, is due out in late September, and on Monday, October 17, Storyhouse audiences can hear its author discuss the dark, funny, and emotionally engaging story that explores unlikely relationships and sinister small-town gossip. ‘Ireland.

He’ll discuss themes from the novel, how he creates his characters and atmospheric locations, and tales of his own extraordinary career in an unmissable evening.

The rest of the 2022 festival runs from November 10-25 with an extensive program of special guests including writers, poets, actors and broadcasters.

This year’s themes are Mental Health, Wellness, Belonging and Belonging.

Patrick Gale. Photo: Jillian Edelstein.

Prolific author Patrick Gale presents his new book Mother’s Boy at the Chester Literature Festival on Tuesday November 15 for a special evening with…

Mother’s Boy is his first fully historical novel since his 2015 bestseller A Place Called Winter and is based on known facts about the childhood and youth of the great Cornish poet Charles Causley and the life of his mother who raised him. only.

A tale of Cornwall, class, desire and two world wars, Gale’s 17th book centers on a man who is among his fellows, but estranged from his fellows and in thrall to his own mother, but away from it. But it is also the story of a fearless woman who will continue to protect her son long after the dangers of war have passed.

Joanne Harris.  Photo: Jonathan Jacob

Joanne Harris. Photo: Jonathan Jacob

On Saturday, November 19, internationally acclaimed novelist Joanne Harris will entertain festival audiences with #Storytime, a musical storytelling show in which Harris and her band combine original music, songs, images and stories – or what she describes as “ Jackanory with drums”.

Expect tales from his illustrated Honeycomb collection as well as longer pieces based on his novels A Pocketful of Crows and The Blue Salt Road.

David Harwood.

David Harwood.

Homeland, Supergirl and Blood Diamond star David Harewood appears on Sunday, November 20, celebrating the release of his jaw-droppingly honest memoir Maybe I Don’t Belong Here.

At the age of 23 and shortly after drama school, the actor had what he now understands to be a psychotic breakdown and ended up being sectioned under the Mental Health Act . Maybe I Don’t Belong Here is a groundbreaking account of the effects of everyday racism on the identity and mental health of black British men.

Lemn Sissay will return to Storyhouse Chester.

Lemn Sissay will return to Storyhouse Chester.

Poet Lemn Sissay returns to the Literature Festival on Thursday 24 November, reading an excerpt from his best-selling Sunday Times memoir My Name Is Why, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

The former Storyhouse Artist-in-Residence will reveal a story of neglect and determination, doom and hope, cruelty and triumph as he reflects on a cared for childhood, self-expression and Britishness.

Novelist and short story writer Kit de Waal will perform at the Garret Theater on Friday, November 25.

Born to an Irish mother and a Caribbean father, Kit de Waal was raised in the Irish community of Birmingham in the 1960s and 1970s. His debut novel My Name Is Leon was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017. At Storyhouse she will discuss her memoir Without Warning and Only Sometimes released in August 2022.

More names are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Festival events will also include workshops and the Human Library.

Chester Literature Festival was started in 1989 by the voluntary organization Chester Arts 89 and the city’s booksellers who scheduled a week of literary activities, including a reading by the niece of novelist DH Lawrence.

This is the 11th year the festival has been programmed by Storyhouse, and in addition to guest names, special artists in residence have included Benjamin Zephaniah, Imtiaz Dharker, Lemn Sissay and Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish.

Storyhouse Creative Director Suzie Henderson said: “We are truly delighted to be able to present such a fabulous lineup for this year’s Chester Literature Festival. And this announcement is just the beginning – there are more big names and big events to be revealed over the coming months.

“The themes for this year’s festival are mental health, wellbeing and belonging, and I know our guests will spark fascinating, insightful and important discussions.”

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