Luton Literature Book Festival

Immerse yourself into the world of all things literature; books, reading, writing, illustration and stories this September!

This exciting new one-day Book Festival - organised by Luton Literature CIC - will allow participants of all ages to unleash their creativity by getting involved in a number of workshops and talks, led by national renowned authors and illustrators and held at the Hat Factory in the heart of town.

As part of this literary celebration, there will also be a local author and illustrator press fair held in Luton Central Library, which celebrates its 60th birthday on the day of the festival.

Luton Literature Book Festival will enable you to discover the work of each author and illustrator and their love for storytelling, covering a diverse range of genres and cultures. Award winning authors, including:

  • Sharna Jackson, Luton born and best known for her High Rise Mystery Stories
  • One of the UK’s leading writers of LGBTQ+ teen fiction, Simon James Green
  • Humza Arshad, writer, comedian and actor whose Diary of a Bad Man YouTube comedy is one of the most viewed in the UK

plus many more, see below.

Funded by Arts Council England, with funding support from Luton Rising, Luton BID, and Flamingo Arts, Luton Literature Book Festival is supported by 1 Degree East, The Culture Trust, Luton Library Service, University of Bedfordshire, Clod Magazine and Utter: Lutonia.

Visit the Luton Literature website to find out more.


Steve Cole - 10-11am - Hat Factory Theatre

Tom Mouse adventures - 10-11am - Hat Factory Floor

Humza Arshad and Aleksei Bitskoff - 11.30-12.30 - Hat Factory Theatre

Planet Poets! workshop with Sidney Belony - 11.30-12.30 - Hat Factory Floor

Sharna Jackson - 1-2pm - Hat Factory Theatre

A taste of creative writing (workshop) with Dr Timothy Jarvis - 1-2pm - Hat Factory Floor

Making a Scene workshop with Sidney Belony - 2.30-3.30pm - Hat Factory Floor

Zanib Mian - 4-5pm - Hat Factory Theatre

Tony Hough - 4-5pm - Hat Factory Floor

Simon James Green - 5.30-6.30pm - Hat Factory Theatre

Authors, poets and Illustrators press fair - 11am-6pm - Luton Central Library


  • Saturday, September 24, 2022

Luton Central Library

The Hat Factory

The Hat Factory is Luton's leading arts and entertainment venue featuring live music, club nights, theatre, dance, films, children's activities, workshops, classes and gallery exhibitions.

It's a centre of artistic excellence set within a vibrant urban environment. It offers the young and the young at heart the chance to engage with the arts, to be inspired by the UK’s leading arts practitioners, and to develop artistic skills and confidence.

The Hat Factory is a combined arts venue in the centre of Luton. It opened in 2003 and since then has been the area’s main provider of contemporary theatre, dance and music. We work with both emerging and proven producers and artists, through programming, engagement programmes and our Associate Artist scheme. Their music programming is vibrant, offering an eclectic portfolio of high quality artists from the worlds of jazz, blues, folk, world music, indie and hip hop. Complementing their own programming, they welcome local/regional promoters to the venue, broadening their music offer and at the same time supporting young promoters and their businesses. They programme contemporary theatre and dance with a focus on fresh, new and relevant stories from both established and emerging touring companies who are making high quality work in the UK. They’ve programmed companies like Earthfall, Chickenshed, New International Encounter (NIE), Trestle, Menagerie, Eastern Angles, Atma, State of Emergency, 30 Bird, Tavaziva, Analogue and Jean Abreu Dance to name but a few.

Venue Hire

The Hat Factory has flexible spaces of various sizes to suit every need. See Venue Hire for more information.


To become part of The Hat Factory's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at