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Our New Book Festival

We are excited to announce the launch of what will be the first Leiston Book Festival on the 7th September 2024. We will feature non-fiction authors, who have written books that explore our changing landscape and environment. This will make our book festival different from those that already take place in Aldeburgh, Southwold, Felixstowe and Laxfield, and so encourage people to attend more than one festival each year.

Explore change with inspiring non-fiction authors
Suffolk Landscape - Leiston Book Festival

Books can change lives, and we want to give you the opportunity to meet, hear and quiz authors here in Leiston.  We’ll announce our festival line up in May, and if you join our mailing list, we’ll let you know the moment we start selling tickets.  Our venue, Leiston’s historic film theatre has plenty of seats and is fully accessible. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Discover Leiston’s rich industrial heritage

There’s a lot more to see and do in Leiston, so why not make your visit to the festival a weekend with a difference? The town grew through the 19th century as the Richard Garrett steam engine factory grew. The Long Shop, built in 1852 was the first purpose built production line in the world, enabling the company to achieve a fivefold increase in its output. The beach at nearby Sizewell is said by many to be the best along this stretch of coast, and there are plenty of walks in and around the town.

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