The Stonyhurst Literature Festival

Woman holding up Shakespeare manuscript
Manuscript of Shakespeare's play 'Measure for Measure'

The third Stonyhurst Literature Festival will take place on Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 2016. Over the course of these three days there will be twelve speakers covering a host of subjects. Of particular note is the exhibition of Stonyhurst’s First Folio in connection with the 400th commemoration of Shakespeare’s death.

The Stonyhurst Literature Festival covers a variety of genres, including a talk on the relationship between Shakespeare, censorship and the Jesuits. There will also be advice for aspiring writers on creating and publishing novels.

Past festivals have included Jesuit educated author Rowan Sommerville speaking about his debut novel ‘The End of Sleep’. An interview from the 2014 festival recognises the impact the Jesuit community still has and how it enhances student life at Stonyhurst:

“Our students read The Hound of the Baskerville’s for GCSE and I take them outside to the Jesuit garden. It brings the book to life and it makes such a difference. They can see where Gerard Manley Hopkins and Tolkien worked, which inspires them.”(1)


This year’s festival will involve celebrated contemporary writers such as the winner of the Costa First Novel award, Andrew Michael Hurley and The College’s curator, Jan Graffius.

Members of the public are invited to attend any or all of the talks and workshops, and admission is free. Please contact Reception on 01254 826345 to reserve a place. Visit Stonyhurst’s website for a more detailed event programme >>


1. (2014) ‘Stonyhurst College: Bringing literature to life’ Publisher: Live Magazines [online]
2. (2016) ‘The Stonyhurst Literature Festival’ [online]