York Literature Festival River Cruises

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York City Cruise (King's Staith Landing)

York City Cruise (Lendal Bridge Landing)

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For the first time ever, York Literature Festival will be taking to the waters of the River Ouse for two very special events in 2018.


Riverain’ Book Launch & River Cruise – York Literature Festival On the Water

With Robert Powell & guests Abi Curtis, Ian Duhig, and Ben Crosthwaite.  What better way to dip in to poet Robert Powell’s new collection Riverain than with a riverboat launch party? Inspired in part by York’s two rivers, this diverse collection is a dream-like journey through reality and metaphor, the present and the past. Join Robert with guest writers, musicians and others, for a creative water-themed evening on the River Ouse!

Sailing on 23rd March 2018

Boarding from 5:30 p.m. Sailing at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

All tickets priced £10.

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York Literature Festival/York Mix Poetry Competition Results Event with Andrew McMillan

This year’s competition winners will be announced at a gala awards evening aboard one of City Cruises York’s fleet, the River Prince. A limited number of tickets will be made available to the public for this event, which will feature all the winning and commended poems, plus a reading from the judge, Andrew McMillan – and a fabulous cruise on the River Ouse!

Sailing on 25th March 2018

Boarding from 5:30 p.m. Sailing at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

All tickets priced £10.

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About the festival

York Literature Festival returns for it’s 11th year in 2018 and will run from Thursday 15th March to Monday 26th March.

You can fin out everything you need to know about the 2018 York Literature Festival here.

King's Staith Departure Point

Both of the York Literature Festival River Cruises sail from the King’s Staith Landing only.

Access an interactive Google Map to take you directly to our King’s Staith Landing