First Filey Literature Festival postponed until next year - new dates and line up

Organisers of the first Filey Literature festival have put off the event until next year due to the coronavirus outbreak

New dates include appearance by Yorkshire shepherdess Amanda Owen
New dates include appearance by Yorkshire shepherdess Amanda Owen

It will now be held over the weekend of Friday May 21 to Sunday May 23.

"It was a difficult decision given the work that has gone into organising Filey’s first-ever literature festival. However, it was perhaps inevitable given the scale of the crisis facing the country at the present time," said festival chairman David Pendleton.

The speakers booked for the festival have all promised to appear on the new dates.

"Their willingness to reschedule is a wonderful gesture, as is the agreement of the festival sponsors to carry their support over to the new dates," said Dr Pendleton.

All tickets will be valid for the new dates.

Anyone who is unable to make the new dates will be entitled to a refund. A further announcement will be made in the coming weeks.

‘We have postponed the event with heavy hearts, but in reality we were left with little choice in these testing times. I want to thank our speakers, sponsors, venues and ticket holders for their support and I look forward to welcoming them all to Filey next year," said Dr Pendleton.

"In particular I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Jeannie Williams and Chris Lee in bringing together a fabulous programme of events for Filey. We are all volunteers and we were passionate about bringing a high-quality literature festival to our seaside town. Sadly, we are having to endure a12-month delay, but we look forward to the future and to May next year."

The new dates are as follows:

Friday May 21 2021

Poetry Dinner with Valley Press

Tommy’s, 5 Hope Street, 5.30pm-7pm


Friday May 21

Ian McMillan and Luke Carver Goss

Evron Centre, 7.30pm


Saturday May 22

Hull Storytellers

10.21 Hull-Filey Train

Book Fair

Evron Centre, 10am-3pm


Filey, fishing port and resort

Michael Fearon,

Filey Museum, Queen Street 1pm-2pm

Donation to the museum

Brontë Poetry Workshop, Wendy Pratt,

Evron Centre, Rooms 21/22, 12pm-2pm

£20, must be pre-booked

Frances Brody

Evron Centre, Rooms 21/22, 2.30-3.30pm

£10 incl. cream tea

Nick Holland

The Lost Essay of Anne Brontë

Evron Centre, Rooms 21/22, 6pm-7pm


Hannah Hauxwell: No Through Road

A play by Shelagh McKay and Karen McDonnell

Evron Centre, 7.30pm


Sunday May 23

Seascapes Writer’s Workshop, Wendy Pratt,

Evron Centre, Rooms 21/22, 12pm-2pm

£20, must be pre-booked

The Wildness Pleases: Changing Responses to the Yorkshire Coast 1700-1850

Dr George Sheeran

Evron Centre, Concert Hall, 3pm-4pm


Saying Stuff, local writers and authors

Foords public house, Queen Street, 5pm-7pm


Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Evron Centre, 7.30pm, Sold out