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)

Lichfield Festival Box Office:
01543 306 150

Staff Members

Damian Thantrey

Festival Director

Damian joined the Festival team in March 2017. In the past Damian has been involved with bringing together specially commissioned concerts for the Lichfield Festival. Outside of the Lichfield Festival

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Dawn Markwell

Operations Manager

Dawn joined the Festival team in October 2017 as Development Manager where she was responsible for all Fundraising, Sponsorship and Marketing activity. Dawn is now Operations Manager and organises all

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Caroline King

Development Director

Caroline King joined the Festival in February 2019 and is responsible for all Fundraising, Sponsorship and Advertising for both Lichfield Literature and the Summer Festival. Caroline has extensive experience working

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Suzie Santomassimo

Market and Volunteers Co-ordinator

Suzie Santomassimo joined the Festival in March 2018 as ‘Festival Administrator’ and now looks after the co-ordination of our volunteers and the Lichfield Festival Market. Contact: [email protected]

Concerts Team

Concert Management

We have a dedicated team of Concert Managers who join us every summer. Contact: [email protected]

Lichfield Festival Board


Helen Wiser – Chair Claire Lue – Treasurer Peter Bacon – Board Member Debbie Jagla – Board Member Simon Warburton – Board Member Helen Emery – Board Member Ray Mansell

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Ian Dudson the Lord Lieutenant


Ian Dudson was appointed as Lord-Lieutenant on 29th March 2012. Ian was an industrialist whose family business, manufacturing ceramic tableware for the worldwide hospitality industry, has been based in Stoke on

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