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The Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival is back for its eighth year and, for the first time, at JW3. Claire Berliner, Head of Arts & Culture Programming, JW3, has pulled together a fine programme for 2016. Ticket prices range from £10 to £25, and there is a special offer of a 20% discount when booking tickets for three or more events.

When? 22-26 September 2016 Where? South Hampstead High School 3 Maresfield Gardens London NW3 5SS Who? 2016 -Jay Rayner, Diana Athill, Iain Sinclair, Simon Garfield, Simon Ings, Marcel Theroux, Marina Lewycka, Anthony Clavane Read more

Durham Book Festival

The North East’s largest literature festival returns to the historic city of Durham in 2016, featuring Michael Morpurgo, Pat Barker, Hunter Davies, Anthony Horowitz, Alan Johnson, Laura Bates, Nikesh Shukla, Juno Dawson, James Rebanks, Kit de Waal, Alison Weir, Helen Mort, Owen Jones, Sebastian Barry, Sean O’Brien, Inua Ellams and many more.

There are new commissions from Kathryn Williams, Kamal Kaan, and a new children’s theatre production, Hey Presto! The festival opens on 7 October with the announcement of the Gordon Burn Prize.

When? 7-16 October, 2016 Where? Various venues, Durham, County Durham. Read more

north_cornwall_book_festivalNorth Cornwall Book Festival

The North Cornwall Book Festival is an ever so slightly eccentric three-day feast of books, writing and word-related pleasures, including talks, discussions, workshops and music for all ages and tastes. Writer and Festival Director, Patrick Gale, who has been the Literary Festival scene throughout Cornwall, has pulled together a top line-up for 2016.

When? October 21-23, 2016 Where? St Endellion, Cornwall. PL29 3TP Who? 2016 - Jackie Kay; Rachel Joyce; Katherine Norbury; Simon Grennan; Andrew Miller;Rupert Thomson.+. Read More

Graham Greene International Festival

An annual four day festival devoted to the works and life of the writer Graham Greene (1904-1991). The event includes formal talks by experts in the subject and well known personalities, discussion groups,films of Greene's work, interviews and social events. Where Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire When: 22 September - 25 September 2016 Who? 2016 - Broadcaster and writer Jim Naughtie, Former Politician and Peer Lord (Roy) Hattersley, Emeritus Professor of English Cedric Watts, Greene's daughter Caroline Bourget and his nephew Nicholas Dennys, author Vincent McDonnell, Professor Judith Adamson, Professor Carlos Villar Flores More


Isle of Wight Literary Festival

An annual celebration of all things literary, held at historic Northwood House in Cowes with an exciting and wide-ranging programme lined up, from Michael Portillo to Shakespeare, plus an extensive youth programme        

When? 13th - 16th October 2016 Where? The festival will centre at Northwood House, Cowes, but some of the more informal and larger events will take place at venues across the town. Who? 2016 -Alan Titchmarsh, AN Wilson, Michael Portillo, Michael Billington,Nadine Dorries, R.C Bridgestock and many more!      

Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival

2016 sees the return of Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival to this ancient Cumbrian city for a third outing. A festival for readers and writers, with talks, poetry and workshops held in 4 venues in the city centre, including the Cathedral.The event is run by four partners, the Bookends Bookshop, Cumbria Library, Carlisle Cathedral and the Tullie House Museum

When? Thursday 29th September - Sunday October 9th Where? Various venues throughout Carlisle Who? In 2016 Alan Johnson, Hunter Davies, Val McDermid,Salley Vickers, Anna Pavord, , David and Ben Crystal, Alexander McCall Smith, Jimmy McGovern, Juliet Barker, Sarah Hall, Susan Calman, Alison Weir, Max Adams, , Will Smith and many more - More

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival

The festival features literary talks from national and local writers, music and theatrical events, poetry and lectures on a wide range of subjects. The author talks include preentaions about Sir John Betjeman who lived in Wantage for many years. When? Saturday 22nd October – Sunday 30th October 2016 Where? Wantage, Oxfordshire Who? 2016 - Katie FForde,Gervese Phinn, Gill Hornby, Prof Gavin Stamp, Marti Leimbach, Racing Minds, Paul Kerensa, Charles Foster. Read more

Jersey Festival of Words


A five day literary festival on the beautiful Channel Island of Jersey. Founded in 2015 the event makes a welcome return in 2016 featuring visiting writers, homegrown talent, community events and an extensive schools programme. When? Wednesday September 28th and Sunday October 2nd, 2016 Where? Jersey, Channel Islands Who? 2016 - Michael Morpurgo, Alison Weir, Louise de Bernieres, Sarah Turner, Simon, Scarrow, Louise Doughty. Read More

Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2016 15-Sep-2016

Paul Beatty, Deborah Levy, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Ottessa Moshfegh, David Szalay and Madeleine Th..

Canada's Prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist 09-Sep-2016

September, 2016 (Toronto, ON) – The Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced its longlist for..

Invitation: The Winchester Writers' Festival Writing Workout 09-Sep-2016

Saturday 5th November 2016 10 - 4pm St Alphege Building The University of Winchester Cost: &p..

Atwood, Rushdie & Carol-Oates at Brooklyn Book Festival from Sept 12th 05-Sep-2016

NEW YORK, Sept 4 — The Brooklyn Book Festival (September 12-18), hosted at the MetroTech Commons in ..

Kumaon Literary Festival 05-Sep-2016

KLFchalo - The 2016 Edition of Kumaon Literary Festival 2016 will be held from 11th to 13th October ..

Wakefield Literary Festival 2016 02-Sep-2016

August has been a busy month for the Wakefield Lit Fest team, we've been out and about sharing a lit..

2016 Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival Line-Up 19-Aug-2016

The line-up for this year’s Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, taking place from 15th-1..

The 2016 Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival final programme announced 19-Aug-2016

American Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Oliver Stone, Karl Ove Knausgaard (below left - photo Ian Ba..

Wakefield Lit Fest 2016 programme announced 19-Aug-2016

Wakefield Lit Fest is back for 2016 and celebrates its..


The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

The UK’s oldest and most renowned literary festival is back for it's 67th outing. This year’s programme is more vibrant than ever with appearances from appearing include: director Oliver Stone, American Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Ian McEwan, Alan Cumming, Cheryl Strayed, PJ O’Rourke, Lionel Shriver, Jonathan Safran Foer, Teju Cole, Michael Connelly, Ed Balls, Ken Clarke, Graham Swift, Sebastian Faulks, Edna O’Brien, Clare Balding, Jilly Cooper, Armando Iannucci, Wilko Johnson, Simon Armitage, Joe Wicks, Deliciously Ella, Joey Barton, Vivienne Westwood, Chris Riddell, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Hadfield, Alan Carr, Sara Pascoe (left), Alexei Sayle, and illusionist Derren Brown.

In the main it’s structured around two strands of curation: Millennial Lives (guest curated by Akala, Emma Gannon and Cecilia Knapp) and America Uncovered (guest curated by Sarah Churchwell, John Freeman and Reginald D Hunter), while having an eclectic general mix of the best new fiction, big debates, and a packed programme for families and young people. When? 7-16 October 2016. Read More

archway_book_festivalArchway with Words

A ten day festival of the best speakers in the arts, humanitiies and sciences.

When? 13th - 23rd October 2016 Where? Archway, N19 North London Who? in 2016 - Reverend Richard Coles , Suzi Quatro,Louise Doughty, Jill Dawson, Christopher Fowler, Jonathan Harvey, Kit de Waal, Caroline Brothers, Paul Morley,Helen Czerski, Guy Fraser-Sampson, Tim Adler, Nina Lyons, Colin Grant, Alex Bellos, Salena Godden, Alex Wheatle, Douglas Cowie, Jake Arnott, Sunny Singh, Erwin James, Greg Jenner,- Read More


Literary Tourist

parisot_literary_festivalFestilitt - The Parisot Literary Festivalparisot

Described by the event's literary patron, Helen Dunmore, as 'the lovely festival', Festilitt transforms a tiny village deep in the stunning French countryside into a rich anddiverse literary hub, buzzing with energy, conversation and laughter. There are French and English programmes running in parallel, featuring established and emerging authors, with the two communities coming together for meals and for a couple of bilingual sessions. It is an intimate event, offering the opportunity to mingle with authors over lunches and dinners, all aided by fabulous French food and wine. A totally non commercial festival, all events are free of charge, although support via the friends and patrons scheme (from €15 per head) is very much appreciated. When? 21, 22 & 23 October 2016 Where? Parisot, Tarn & Garonne, South West France Who? in 2016 - Laura Barnett (The Versions of Us,) Fiona Barton (The Widow,) Carys Bray (A Song for Issy Bradley & The Museum of You), Susan Elderkin (The Novel Cure), Andrew Lownie (Stalin's Englishman), Jim Powell (Trading Futures). Read More