Dalton-in-Furness is the ancient capital of the peninsula and a much older town than Barrow or Ulverston, yet today it is five miles from each of these larger places and is often thought to suffer because of their proximity.

It has the oldest continually running book club in the world and so a group of us felt it was the ideal setting for a new festival with a love of books and reading at its heart.

We wanted an event that would bring together the whole community, people of all ages, with a wide variety of happenings, some of which would appeal to everyone. And so Dalton LitFest was born. We are very excited about it.

We have a formal Launch on Friday November 3rd but the following day will see the vast majority of the fun. Anyone in town on Saturday November 4th will not fail to notice something special happening.

We have some sessions that are ticketed and with limited numbers on specific aspects of literature [writing for children, on memoirs, about place and crime writing]. But we also have a range of free events – games, readings and performances – in various venues around town. Thirdly, we are involving all five schools in the town with competitions, workshops and a wonderful project called LinkAge where teenagers are working with residents of Staveley House Care Home writing up accounts of teenage life in the past and the present.

Our base is the newly refurbished Dalton Community Centre [the old Drill Hall] on Nelson Street and most events will be there [check on the site for details of specific venues for each event]. The Hall has excellent facilities now and we will have refreshments on sale all day as well as stalls, information and a book shop.

Thanks to the local retailers involved [especially in the Tales in Shop Windows trail], to our sponsors [see Supporters page], to the school staff and to our hard-working team.