It is with much sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone our literature festival. Given current conditions and advice, we want to ensure that all our audiences, authors, volunteers and staff remain as healthy as possible and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to protect others by not proceeding with our events at this time.

We are currently investigating options for rescheduling events and ask that you bear with us in the meantime whilst we talk with different venues and authors. We are also in talks with our box office - run externally - and appreciate your patience whilst we finalise information for those who have purchased tickets for events due to take place at the end of March. We will keep you informed as soon as we have further information.

Thank you all for your continued support - as a charity we rely so much on income from our audiences and sponsors to keep running and hope that, however uncertain the future is at present, we can continue to bring high-quality, inspiring multi-arts experiences to the Midlands.

(Last Updated: 17th March)

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Spotlight on Sarah Outen

Published date: June 13, 2017
Last modified: June 13, 2017

This summer the Lichfield Festival will host Sarah Outen, an adventurer, rower, author and speaker. Sound like a lot? On top of all of that, in 2011 Sarah set off on her expedition ‘London2London: Via the world’, an expedition in aid of CoppaFeel!, the MND Association, WaterAid and the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Her aim was to cycle, kayak and row her way around the globe, no easy undertaking! The expedition ended up taking four and a half years and 25,000 miles.

During the journey Sarah met a young man named Goa, who despite never really cycling before, spontaneously decided to cycle over 3000 miles with her. She was rescued from the clutches of the North Pacific, during turbulent weather which saw her capsized multiple times, and forced to her return home. Then after four moths rowing alone across the North Atlantic Ocean life-threatening conditions forced Sarah to call for help, forcing to leave her boat Happy Socks at sea (the boat was later found by the Irish Coast Guards). At point she spent 150 days alone at sea. Sarah finally completed her journey on the 3rd Novemeber 2015. Below is a summary of Sarah’s incredible journey.

Sarah will be speaking about her journey at the Lichfield Festival this summer, Monday 10th July. You can purchase tickets here. If you can’t wait until then, or want to find out more about Sarah and her expeditions you can head over to her website and youtube channel (on which you can see Sarah rowing the North Atlantic dressed as the Queen..ish!)


Ellie Turner-Kilburn

Marketing Intern