Welcome to the Festival of Words with East Riding Libraries.

This literary celebration is brought to you by our expert library team, who have been keeping a close eye on the East Riding's favourite reads.

We've invited acclaimed authors from near and far to join in with the festivities. From thrilling talks with authors late into the evening, to lunchtime crafts for the children, it's set to be a fun-packed four day extravaganza. Find out what's in store on the events page.

The Festival of Words replaces the former literature festival (LitUp) to bring The East Riding of Yorkshire an extravaganza of the most talented authors and performers to ignite your love of words. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Books from the festival are available to read from your local library for free. It's quick, easy and FREE to join East Riding Libraries. Being a library member gives you access to books, large print, audiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines and so much more. Set up your account online or pop into your local library with some ID.


The 2018 Festival of Words has a focus on dementia, to highlight how libraries play a key role in supporting customers and their families living with the condition. On the first day of the festival, local bestseller Wendy Mitchell will be discussing her book 'Somebody I used to know' which documents her journey since being diagnosed with dementia aged 58.

Local poet, Catherine Scott will also be working with two secondary schools to create poetry with the children. The students will perform at Library Reminiscence groups.

Following on from the festival, in early November, 'The Memory Project' will come to libraries across the county, crafted by Elizabeth Godber (daughter of local playwright John Godber). The show is based on interviews with real East Yorkshire families, looking at the difficult, trying, and at times hilarious journey through dementia.

For further support on dementia, including our reminiscence sessions or books on prescription, visit East Riding Council Libraries.