York Literature Festival


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.

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.


Riverain’ Book Launch & River Cruise – York Literature Festival On the Water - 23rd March


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!

Your ticket includes:

  • River Cruise - Riverboat Book Launch Party 

​York Literature Festival/York Mix Poetry Competition Results Event with Andrew McMillan - 25th March


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!

Your ticket includes:

  • River Cruise to the York Mix Poetry Competition Event

Cruise Details

Cruise Days

23rd March & 25th March 

Departure Time

The boat leaves at 18.00 (boarding at 17.30) from King's Staith Landing and returns to King's Staith Landing at 20.00

Departure Point

King's Staith  

Ticket Prices