Literary MK’s Lit Festival

This October, MK’s Lit Festival is, once again, in full swing with some more great talks available.  In September, Penn Vogler visited York House in Stony Stratford to give a fascinating talk about Edible England. The next offerings from the MK’s Lit Festival organisers promise to be equally as interesting.


With some sessions priced at Pay What You Can, it makes the talks very affordable for everyone. The prose writing workshop is priced at £2o a ticket and sounds perfect for anyone wishing to improve their skills.

Location – Zoom

At the moment, all the listed talks are Zoom based. Although I prefer to go to a proper venue, Zoom does bring the added benefit of less travel time and parking costs.

Summary of Events

 1. Sam Lee – The Nightingale: Notes on a Songbird

8.30pm,  Thursday 7 October


2. Ian Dunt – In Conversation: How To Be A Liberal

7.00pm,  Thursday 14 October


For more information – read the full descriptions below

3. Charlie Hill – Workshop: Putting Poetry into your Prose

7pm, Thursday 21 October

Find out More

​To find out more about MK’s Lit Festival and it’s events go to:

MK Literary Festival

Sam Lee – The Nightingale: Notes on a Songbird

“Wondering and wonderful. The nature book of the year.” – John Lewis-Stempel

Sam is well-known as a highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, song collector and successful creator of live events.  He is also a passionate conservationist.

Throughout history, the sweet song of the nightingale has inspired musicians, writers and artists around the world. In his new book, The Nightingale: Notes on a Songbird [Cornerstone, 2021], Sam reveals in beautiful detail the bird’s song, habitat, characteristics and migration patterns. Along with this, he looks at the environmental issues that threaten its livelihood.

From Greek mythology to John Keats, to Persian poetry and ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’, he delves into the various ways we have celebrated the nightingale. He reviews traditions, folklore, music, literature, from ancient history to the present day. The Nightingale is a unique and lyrical portrait of a famed yet elusive songbird.

About Sam Lee

Sam has spent the last 13 years working with some of the most exciting folk artists and industry professionals to re-galvanize the UK folk scene. He has used live events that challenge the ecosystem in which the music is fostered, the way it sounds and how it is presented. Not only is he Director of the Nest Collective and The Song Collectors Collective, he is also an award winning musician. Sam has been instrumental as one of the young activists shaping the landscape of folk, world and roots music. His three critically acclaimed albums include his Mercury Music Prize nominated debut and the newly released Old Wow. Sam works holistically in challenging the very nature of our heritage music in the 21st century.


Ian Dunt – In Conversation: How To Be A Liberal

7pm,  Thursday 14 October


“‘This is a history of ideas as it should be written – brilliant, vivid story-telling about the people who shaped liberalism, the challenges it has faced over the centuries, its commitment to the truth and why it’s now more important than ever to defend it.”- Caroline Lucas MP

Ian Dunt is a journalist and political commentator in the UK. He is a columnist on the inewspaper and appears as a pundit on BBC TV, Sky News and Al-Jazeera.

He writes across a range of issues, including immigration, civil liberties and social justice. His first book was Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? (Canbury). This revealed the difficulty of leaving the EU before it became apparent to many British politicians. His new book, How To Be A Liberal (Canbury), traces the growth of individual freedoms in western society. It looks at the threat posed by the new surge of nationalism. Prospect Magazine called it “required reading for anyone interested in politics and philosophy.”

About Ian:

Ian Dunt is the editor of In addition, he is the author of ‘Brexit: What The Hell Happens Now?’ and a host on the Remainiacs podcast. He writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines and appears regularly on TV and radio.

You can follow him on Twitter, where apparently he cannot keep his mouth shut, at @iandunt.

Charlie Hill – Workshop: Putting Poetry into your Prose

7pm, Thursday 21 October

​”‘Hill’s many notable gifts as a writer include his narrative economy, his honesty and his pin point clarity.”
— Jim Crace

This online workshop will teach you in a practical way how to write better sentences and make your writing sing, whilst avoiding cliché.

Your sentences are the building blocks – the DNA – of your prose. In this two-hour workshop, Charlie Hill will take you through:

  1. The importance of the sentence
  2. How to avoid stock phrases
  3. How to fit sentences together
  4. Applying the techniques of poetry to prose

​You will learn how to write better, as well as edit your work so you can get the best of your writing. This workshop contains practical elements and is open to writers of all genres of prose, at all stages of their careers.

About Charlie

Charlie Hill is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, a novella, countless short stories and a memoir, I Don’t Want to Go to the Taj Mahal: Stories of a Birmingham Boy[Repeater Books, 2020].