From Tuesday 5 until Saturday 9 March 2019, Cranleigh Arts will transform into a book-lover’s dream, with something for everyone to enjoy. Cranleigh’s fourth annual Literary Festival offers visitors everything from author talks and workshops to kids’ crafting activities!

The celebrations kick-off on Tuesday 5 March at the Literary Festival Launch & Spoken Word Night. Entry is free so head on down, pick up a drink and hear about all the amazing events taking place over the week. Visitors can also enjoy poetry readings from the 1000 Monkeys and Cranleigh Writers’ Group as well as an open mic for readers from the audience.

On Wednesday, we delve deep into one of the twentieth century’s greatest literary mysteries in Liz Grand’s new one-woman show ‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’. In 1926, Agatha Christie was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction, a series of events which sparked one of the biggest police hunts in history. Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the author was missing for eleven days. Did Agatha Christie suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved in this disappearance? All will be revealed in Grand’s acclaimed show. This performance is sponsored by Informed Choice.

Later in the week, poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan will take to the arts centre stage with Olympic composer Luke Carver Goss. Join them on Friday 8 March for a hilarious night of words, music and breath-taking comedy, featuring songs, stories and a musical created out of thin air! Ian McMillan hosts weekly hit radio show The Verb. He’s Poet-in-Residence for Barnsley FC, The Academy of Urbanism and, until recently, English National Opera. His rip-roaring poetry shows are legendary. Luke Carver Goss is described in The Guardian as “a composer who creates big worlds of sound… British music at its most ingenious”. He has recorded and performed with the acclaimed Carver Trio, The Ian McMillan Orchestra, Tea Hodzic, Tina May and Daniel Morden.

If you’re looking for something to keep the little ones entertained, then Cranleigh Literary Festival might be just the place! Cranleigh Library will be hosting Children’s Storytime & Craft on Tuesday 5 March and, on Saturday 9 March, we are running a special literary-themed Kids’ Craft: Wool & Glitter Letters workshop led by local artist Miriana D’ambrosio.

For those looking to explore their own craft there is a fantastic selection of talks and workshops. On 7 March author, speaker and creative writing tutor, Adrienne Dines leads her workshop ‘Am I a Writer?’. Whether you are a complete beginner or a writer in need of some guidance and support, her very interactive workshops and talks are guaranteed to get you writing! On Saturday 9 March The Crafting Place will run a Make a Leather Journal workshop at Cranleigh Arts. Also on Saturday, multi-award-winning entrepreneur and author, Daisy White, will deliver a talk covering all there is to know about getting published – including suggestions of publishing routes and marketing. This will be followed by another talk ‘How to put together a winning submission package’ which starts at 12 noon. Daisy White’s pop-up book store is also at Cranleigh Arts all week, so come along and have a browse!

Tickets are available online and from our box office on 01483 278000.