Preparing for 2024 in
Ipswich, Massachusetts

Ebsco Hall

5 Peatfield Street, Ipswich, MA 01938 

Location & Parking

Ipswich Art Association

Proud to Partner with the Ipswich Art Association 

Language Lives is proud to partner with the IAA and hopes to partner with additional community groups on the first Language Lives Festival 

IAA Members should use the Coupon Code IAA at check out. 

Ipswich Poetry Group

Language Lives is Happy to Partner With IPG 

Ipswich Poetry Group was founded by Dorothy Laurence in 2001 to bring poets together in a supportive workshop environment and to introduce the oral tradition of poetry to the Ipswich community. They meet monthly.

People willing to donate time to the production of the event can reap huge benefits.
Volunteers donating time for a full day at one event during the festival can use coupon code 'Volunteer6"
Volunteers donating time for more that one event during the festival can use coupon code 'VolunteerMulti6"

Use the link below or click here to learn more about Volunteer Needs

2023 - Overview

Language Lives - A Book Festival for the Lovers of Words and the Art that Accompanies It.

The Language Lives Festival will dovetail with Ipswich Illuminations. The festival will be in 3 parts:
Poetry Showcase: Thursday, Oct 5 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Live Storytelling: Friday, Oct 6 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
(with a break from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm to view lighting of the bonfire).
Weekend Festival Exhibit Hall: October 7-8, 2023 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Ipswich, Massachusetts

Language Lives is a four day festival designed to run during the annual Illuminations Celebration. The Town of Ipswich, in partnership with Creative County Initiative, creates a weekend long community event to inspire generations throughout the area. Illumination, now in its 14th year, features a collection of interactive art installations, live music, poetry, projection, bonfires and more along the Ipswich River the weekend of October 5-8, 2023. The goal of our event will be to engage additional people in the literary community, including the Ipswich Public library and local educators to take part in the event.

Language Lives

The Festival is a celebration of the visual & literary arts in north eastern Massachusetts. It's a great opportunity for aspiring authors to connect with the community, self-publish authors to share their work, and for the community to learn about the craft of writing. Visit Ipswich in the fall while the town is be beautifully illuminated as bonfire floats glide along the Ipswich River while the streets come alive with music, dance, poetry, projections and more.

The festival hopes to host a variety of events that include readings and panel discussions, book signings, open mics, poetry slams, children’s story telling, live short story competitions and more. Attendees will have the chance to connect with celebrated authors and artists while they enjoy the unique atmosphere.

Artists, illustrators and photographers interested in their work:
being in a book; used for book covers; or used to inspire literature are also invited to take part in the event.

Writers and 2 dimensional artists can have an indoor booth to sell original art and books.

Publishers, voice actors, podcasters and others in the literature community are invited to come to the event with information to share about getting literature into the world.

We will also have "On the Stage Space" and all are invited to host an intimate book reading, discussion group, or speaking engagement.

Writers, teachers, poets and illustrators are invited to grab a time slot or a table space to host workshops to share their craft with others in the community.