Litfest 2020!

Last years festival was a great success and we were looking forward to 2020 however events are now postponed due to Coronavirus but it is hoped some things will happen in the autumn.

If you have any photos or video of the litfest events please get in touch as we would love to post them on the site or post them on our facebook page

Jill, Jim and Jazz! (Philip Larkin) Rod Humphries

A brief and informal look at quite a complicated character
Larkin is of course remembered as being one of the finest poets of the 20th Century…
But; he also wrote 2 very fine novels:
“Jill” 1946, and “A Girl in Winter” 1947.although he intended to write further novels; he chose to develop his poetry.
However, his friend Kingsley Amis in 1954 published the highly successful novel “Lucky Jim.”
Larkin was hugely influential in the writing of this and Amis dedicated! the novel to him.
And; finally,…
Jazz! Only 2 pieces I promise!
He listened to jazz for most of his life and wrote extensively about the subject.
In one interview he said, “I can live a week without poetry but not a day without jazz.”

St Ives Literature Festival 2017

This years festival takes place 13th – 20th May 2017

This year’s festival programme is almost complete and is looking very exciting. Make sure to book early for Miranda Sykes and for the Big Frug, as they will sell out

2017 Events Tickets at the Arts club and Cafe Art.

if you have photos or videos of previous years let us know!

norway square

performance in the spring sun

Kenneth Price in Conversation with Ronnie Duncan

When Kenneth Price began to research his solo-show “W.S.Graham:Out of His Head”, the late Sir Terry Frost suggested he should speak to Ronnie Duncan if I wanted to know all about Sydney Graham; “Ronnie Duncan, he’s your man”, he said. Frost was spot-on and Duncan proved an invaluable and eloquent custodian of the Graham legacy, sharing rare personal recordings and a host of illuminating insights and anecdotes with characteristic generosity and enthusiasm.

“Kenneth Price in Conversation with Ronnie Duncan” will be an opportunity to hear the fascinating story of Ronnie’s life-long friendship with Sydney and also to hear a selection of his cassette player recordings of the poet, which vividly evoke the life and extraordinary times of of Greenock’s son, W.S.Graham.

2016 festival dates 14th – 21st May

This years festival takes place 14th – 21st May 2016 and is looking like it will be a super event  with old favourites like poetry and music in norway square and the Big Frug cabaret night at the Arts club.

we will post details of the events as soon as we have them  but check out our facebook for photos and videos of previous years.

if you have photos or videos let us know!

norway square

performance in the spring sun

Norway square performance

Bob Devereux performs “Nothing is Ever Perfect” con brio and dash, accompanied by Philip Pip Barlow on guitar. “Poetry in the Square”, Norway Square, St Ives, Wednesday 19th September 2012

Bob Devereux & Charles Shaar Murray – Suns and Moons 2013 festival