What do Sherlock Holmes writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, BAFTA award-winner Matthew Greenhalgh and Shakespeare actor Douglas Wilmer all have in common? They all went to Stonyhurst.

With so many links to literary icons, Stonyhurst is perhaps the best place to hold the North West’s first and biggest Literature & Film Festival this year. From Friday 16th  – Saturday 17th August 2019, authors, guest speakers and public figures will attend the event held at Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe which will culminate in an outdoor, open-air viewing of 2018 award-winning film, Bohemian Rhapsody.

What is the Stonyhurst Literature and Film Festival?

Inspired by the Oxford and Blenheim Palace Literature Festivals, our aim is to create an event for film and book lovers alike, and inspire people to get involved in the College’s rich literary history.

The Stonyhurst Collections will also be accessible during the festival, which features Shakespeare’s First Folio, first editions of Charles Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’ and first editions of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking Glass’.

Also expected to join in the festivities are local, independent businesses and food and drink vendors from around the Ribble Valley, making this not just a Stonyhurst event, but one rooted in the community.

Tom Pridmore, RVBC Tourism and Event Officer says, “We are delighted to welcome the Stonyhurst Literature and Film Festival into the Ribble Valley events calendar. The area has a rich cultural heritage and a variety of local tourism facilities that is able to support such a prestigious event.”

Where can I get tickets?

With more speakers and workshops to be announced, tickets will be released for the festival in June, although tickets for the open-air cinema are available to purchase through the Stonyhurst Enterprises website now.

Stonyhurst Enterprises are also on the lookout for sponsors for this year’s Literature and Film Festival, so if you’d like to be involved and discuss a bespoke benefits package then please call 01254 8207014 or email enterprises@stonyhurst.ac.uk.