Stonyhurst College is steeped in literary history and is delighted to announce the launch of the Stonyhurst Literature & Film Festival on the 16th and 17th August 2019.

Stonyhurst is one of Britain’s leading Catholic boarding schools, with over 400 years of history, set in a magnificent grade 1 listed building. The College has a fascinating heritage, fine reputation and excellent facilities.

Home to the oldest museum in the English speaking-world, the College’s fascinating collections boast an impressive array of
artefacts. Amongst these collections is a rare first edition of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, often regarded as one of the
most important piece of work in the history of English literature.

Not only will a visit to the museum exhibit items once belonging to some of the country’s most prolific literary figures, but the College’s alumni demonstrates Stonyhurst’s rich literary heritage. Alumni include Sherlock Holmes creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Irish Poet and signatory of the Irish Proclamation of Independence, Joseph Mary Plunkett; and Jesuit priest and poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins.

The Stonyhurst Literature & Film Festival will take place on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th August 2019, and aims to include a broad range of topics including crime, historical fiction and poetry, and feature literary critics and speakers covering a variety of cultural topics. The festival will culminate with an outdoor cinema performance in the magnificent ground of the College, overlooking the stunning Ribble Valley. A quintessential English summers evening, sampling some of Lancashire’s finest food & drink, whilst discovering the creative and enriching pleasures of film.