About Us

From award winning authors to world-renowned experts, artists and entertainersThe Festival in a Factory is an eclectic celebration of culture and creativity in the inspiring surroundings of the Emma Bridgewater Factory, Stoke-on-Trent, a Victorian pot bank where Emma has manufactured her iconic handmade and hand decorated pottery for more than twenty years.

See the 2018 progamme here

Join us from 7th to 9th June 2018 for three exciting days of author talks, panel discussionshands-on workshops and live performances all around the canal-side factory in surprising spaces from the old pottery warehouse to the cobbled courtyard.

Curated by trustees’ designer and pottery manufacturer Emma Bridgewater, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum and former Stoke Central MP Tristram Hunt and designer Matthew Rice, the Festival is now in its fifth year and brings together people of all ages for stimulating encounters in this most creative of cities.

The Festival is especially grateful for the longstanding support of the Bertarelli Foundation who’s ongoing commitment has ensured the success of the Festival, now in its fifth year. Through the Foundation’s support, the Festival is able to welcome schools and youth groups to all events free of charge and host events with successful and inspirational figures to encourage young people from Stoke-on-Trent to aim high, including guests of the Festival, Cambridge University classicist Professor Mary Beard, journalist and political spokesperson Alastair Campbell, award winning novelist Nick Hornby, historian Dan Jones, government speech writer and author Julian Glover and prize winning writer Meg Rossoff.

Tickets for all events are £8 and available from the www.newvictheatre.org.uk, at the Box Office or by phone or the Festival website www.festivalinafactory.co.uk Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @SOTLitFestival for news and updates.

Festival founder and trustee Emma Bridgewater says, “From our first festival in 2014 our aim has been to bring the very best writers, commentators and thinkers to Stoke-on-Trent where there has always been a great appetite for debate, but also with the hope that we might inspire young people to explore ideas, provide stimulating encounters with award winning authors, poets and playwrights and foster the joy of books and reading.

“From a small conversation Tristram Hunt and I had four years ago we now have a truly established, very warmly received and joyful festival, busy with book lovers of all ages that attracts friends old and new to Stoke-on-Trent. We look forward to welcoming you to best weekend of the summer!”

Since 2014 the Festival has welcomed:

  • 10,000 visitors of all ages
  • 60 author talks, panels, family events and skills sessions
  • literature, arts, music, poetry, screen writing and performance events
  • free tickets and author talks for local young people
  • box office partner – New Vic Theatre

Registered Address: 

Emma Bridgewater Factory, Lichfield Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3 EJ.