York Literature Festival 2014 – full programme released

Feared interrogator John Humphrys will himself be quizzed at this year's Lit Fest. Photograph: BBC / Rolf Marriott
6 Jan 2014 @ 9.19 am
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Feared interrogator John Humphrys will himself be quizzed at this year's Lit Fest. Photograph: BBC / Rolf Marriott
Feared interrogator John Humphrys will himself be quizzed at this year’s Lit Fest. Photograph: BBC / Rolf Marriott

“This is our most ambitious programme to date,” says York Literature Festival director Miles Salter – and that can be seen by the variety and depth of the full events list, as tickets go on sale today (Monday, January 6).

The headliners are stars from politics, broadcasting and science. They include renowned scientist Lord Robert Winston, BBC Radio 4 and Mastermind presenter John Humphrys. writer and campaigner Germaine Greer, former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, ex-Home Secretary Alan Johnson and poet Roger McGough.

“The festival develops incrementally every year and it’s a great line-up for 2014,” Miles said. “I’m really pleased with the range of contributors who will be heading to York in March. It’s a great mixture of theatre, storytelling, author events, poetry and much more.”

The event, which runs from March 20 to 31 across York, includes workshops and talks on everything from historical novels to 50 Shades Of Grey, from Jane Austen to futuristic fiction – and includes the second YorkMix / York Literature Festival poetry competition.

The festival is run by a voluntary group and the 2014 event is being supported by a range of partners and sponsors, including York St John University, the Arts Council, Community York fund, Clore Duffield Trust, Visit York, York Theatre Royal, St Peter’s School and more.

“We rely on contributions from local partners,” said Miles Salter, “and it helps to create a more exciting and diverse programme.

“The 2014 event will capture the public’s imagination. I’m looking forward to seeing big audiences at many of the events.”