Further From Festival

The Further From Festival was founded in 2016 and is currently the only literary festival in West Lothian. From the beginning, we were determined to curate a festival that had something for everyone, young, old and in between. Every year have presented an eclectic programme of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, music, food & drink and children's events over three days in deepest winter when everyone needs a bit of cheering up!

We are committed to making the festival as accessible as possible, from ticket prices to venues. We don't receive any external funding or sponsorship, so all the money raised from ticket & book sales goes straight back into venue hire and performer fees.

In 2019 we made the move from our main base being in Queen Margaret Hall to the beautifully renovated and restored St Peter's Church, nestled in the heart of Linlithgow High Street like a hidden Byzantine jewel.

Of course, the festival couldn't go ahead in 2021 and 2022, but we are back for 2023!

For all the information on the 2023 festival, follow this link: The Further From Festival 2023
To buy tickets for any of the session, click here: Tickets
And we'll see you there!
Here's a flavour of festivals past and if you'd like any more information on upcoming events please sign up to our mailing list here. Or email: sally@maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com

Tam Dalyell
Liz Lochhead
Michael Pedersen
William Letford
Jenni Fagan
Ian McCartney
Jim Crumley
Leo du Feu
Malachy Tallack
Jean Rafferty
Shirley Mckay
Ron Butlin & Jim Hutcheson
Nick Sharratt
Bruce Jamieson, Ed Hodge, Peter Wright, Harry Knox, John Fowler and Mary Easson.

Stuart Cosgrove
Ash Dickinson
Claire Askew
Ian Macartney
Andrew Greig
                         Rachel Newton                      
Jim Crumley
Leo du Feu
Polly Pullar
Shelley Day
 Sandra Ireland
           Kate Leiper            

Charles Maclean
Gavin Francis
Jim Crumley
Kevin Macneil
Alan Taylor
Gill Sims
Jim Byrne
Stephanie Brown, Pat Byrne, James Carson, Samina Chaudry, James Connarty, Pauline Lynch, Calum Maclean, Gillian Margaret Mayes, Michael Norton and Stephen Watt.

Robin Crawford
Jim Crumley
Christopher Fleet
L.J. Macwhirter
William McIntyre
Isla Dewar
Ambrose Parry
Helen Bellany
Rosemary Goring
Colin Will
Bruce Jamieson

Freeland Barbour
Alison Peebles
Andy Wightman
Bruce Jamieson
Janice Hadlow
Jim Crumley
Kevin Gilday
Lari Don
Sue Lawrence
Trevor Royle


Jim Crumley
Polly Pullar
Michelle Sloan
Rosemary Goring
Sue Lawrence