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Welcome to the Chalfont St. Giles Literary Festival website



When Lockdown began in March 2020, the first thing that had to be done was to cancel or postpone the 2020 Literary Festival.  Initially, it was hoped to restage it this year.  After the events of late 2020, decisions were eventually made.  A full festival with crowded venues could not be guaranteed and so it was decided to try for a smaller event.

Over the weekend of 13th – 16th May it is hoped to present a festival combining literary events in association with the Gardens Association, Milton’s Cottage and a musical event at The Vache. 

Events at Milton’s Cottage and The Vache will be outside, the rest will be indoors and quite possibly subject to limited audience sizes.   Arrangements are being made, if restrictions make it necessary, to hold some on Zoom or live streamed.   As the aim of authors who speak at festivals is to sell their books, some literary events may not be possible on Zoom.

Meanwhile, planning is also in hand for a full festival in May 2022.  This should include many of the speakers who would have been joining us last year and who have said they look forward to doing so.

Updates will either be on the website, on the weekly newsletter or on social media. 

Something to look forward to – we hope.



*Stop Press - 2020 festival cancelled*

We have been planning the Chalfont St Giles and Jordans Literary Festival 2020 for many months and arrangements are well in hand.  Being mindful of the current uncertain situation, the advised living limitations, and the demographic of our committee, some of our speakers, and the likely audience, it is with great regret that I have decided that we should cancel the events for May 2020.

Refunds will of course be made to anybody who has already purchased tickets in the next few days. In the mean time, if you have any questions please contact the Box Office.

The Festival Committee