Free tickets to Liverpool Literary Festival for students

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The Liverpool Literary Festival is offering a number of free tickets for this year’s events to University of Liverpool students. The festival is now in its 8th year and runs from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 October 2023. This year’s highlights include sessions with TV presenter Melanie Sykes to discuss her memoir Illuminated: Autism and all the Things I’ve Left Unsaid, Anthony Quinn on his love for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool Football Club and broadcaster and author, Stuart Maconie.

Former TV presenter on The Big Breakfast and I’m a Celebrity, writer and speaker, Melanie Sykes was diagnosed as autistic at the age of 52. In her memoir Illuminated: Autism and all the Things I’ve Left Unsaid she tells her story in full for the first time, discussing how her autism diagnosis has shed new light on her life, and how she believes society needs to completely change its understanding of neurodivergent minds. Melanie is editor-in-chief of The Frank magazine, a magazine for women of all ages across the world, an Autism advocate and a campaigner for women’s rights.

This year, the Festival also welcomes a new director, Dr Greg Lynall, Head of English at the University of Liverpool. He said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Liverpool Literary Festival team this year and can’t wait to welcome everyone to the beautiful surroundings of the University’s Victoria Gallery and Museum.

“It’s fantastic that household names Stuart Maconie and Melanie Sykes are speaking at the festival this year and we’re really pleased that they’ll be joining us in Liverpool to discuss their latest books and their respective literary journeys.

“We’ll be announcing more fantastic authors who’ll be at the festival in October over the coming weeks, so make sure you keep and eye out for more information and get your tickets booked!”

Liverpool Literary Festival takes place between October 6-8 at the Victoria Gallery & Museum on Brownlow Hill. To view the full line-up and reserve your tickets, please visit and remember to select ‘student ticket’ when booking. There are a limited number of free tickets available to all events at the Festival for University of Liverpool students. Tickets are limited to one per student and you will need to show your student ID when booking.