Clive JamesYes, we know. It’s Chester. But you can get Merseyrail straight through these days. And this week’s festival offers a fortnight’s worth of excellent talks, workshops and readings.

Our highlights include Desmond Olivier Dingle’sThe National Theatre of Brent, live! And a companion talk with creator, Patrick Barlow. And, exclusively for SevenStreets readers, if you enter “DINGLE” in the code box, you’ll get £5 tickets on these two events.

Elsewhere, Mark Lewison talks about his highly praised new book, The Beatles: All These Years. (13 Oct), Frank Cottrell Boyce reads from his new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang book, Over the Moon (14 Oct), Kate Adie talks Fighting on the Home Front (15 Oct) and Paul Morley talks about his book, The North (16 Oct).

You can spend this Friday evening in the company of Derek Jacobi, who looks back over a career that’s taken him from Leytonstone to Ancient Rome, and Saturday evening with Clive James – everyone’s favourite erudite Oz – who’ll be talking The Divine Comedy (Dante’s, not Hannon’s).

And we’re talking SevenStreets stuff, on Friday afternoon (1pm, £5) and workshopping on Sunday (2pm, £15) – there’s a few tickets left, should you find yourself desperate to know how to take down really bad Italian restaurants, or make a fuss about markets.

Chester Literature Festival
13-27 October