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 2019 progamme here

Curated by trustees’ designer and pottery manufacturer Emma Bridgewater and Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum and former Stoke Central MP Tristram Hunt, the UK’s only festival in a working, manufacturing environment takes place over three exciting days in June and features author talks, panel discussionshands-on workshops and live performances in surprising spaces all around the canal-side factory from the old pottery warehouse to the cobbled courtyard.

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 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 several 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 the best weekend of the summer!”

The Festival is especially grateful for the longstanding support of the Bertarelli Foundation who’s ongoing commitment has ensured the Festival’s success. Through the Foundation’s support, the Festival is able to welcome schools and youth groups to events free of charge and host events with successful and inspirational figures to encourage young people from Stoke-on-Trent to aim high.

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. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @SOTLitFestival for news and updates.


Registered Address: 

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