Autumn Edition 2015

A bumper seelction of literary festivals is on offer this autumn with over a 120 taking place from September through to the end of November. If you have been meaning to get along to one then no time like the present! September 2015 festival dates | October 2015 festival dates | November/December 2015 - SCAN COMPLETE LIST

Listing 350+ Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 80+ in Australia & New Zealand and 500+ worldwide. Organisers can update details or send new listing info here. Authors, illustrators and poets are also invited to list their details. For upcoming event notification Register for our monthly newsletter. PR people media releases here please. This ezine gets a major update seasonally with a mid- monthly refresh so please get your details in as early as possible. Thanks to the 50,000+ unique visitors that visit each month. See you at a Litfest! Ed: Kev Parker -

Featured: Taking a Literary Walk Through the Streets of London

literary_footprints_guided book_tours_londonAlong with Paris, London has arguably the richest hertiage of any city in the world. Footprints of London, which organises year-round literary themed guided walks around the city, plans to plunge deep into the subject matter through the intriguing Literary Footprints series between 8th-25th October 2015.

Over 40 walks will celebrate London books and authors. Experienced guides will escort participants on visits to locations mentioned in novels, visit the homes of famous authors and let you hear works read in the place they were written.

2015 highlights include, a walk around Jane Austen’s London led by “Emma” in full costume, A literary history of Covent Garden, a walk following Mrs Dalloway as she goes to buy flowers for her party, a walk around literary Hampstead, Shardlakes’s London, retracing Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the  Plague Year, readings of T. S. Eliot in the places his poems were set, a day of Shakespeare walks, Greek mythology on London buildings, Samuel Pepys walks, Dickens Night Walks  and a walk looking at the Lives and Loves of the Bloomsbury Group. When? 8th-25th October 2015 Where? Various London locations. More kp

Festival and Award News

Australia's Premier Children's Book Award Winners 21-Aug-2015


Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Short List 2015 21-Aug-2015

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Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival 2015 14-Aug-2015

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Bewdley Book Week Secures Carol Ann Duffy 13-Aug-2015

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Budlitfest - Line-Up Budleigh Salterton 2015 13-Aug-2015

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Cheltenham Literature Festival Programme 2015 12-Aug-2015

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Chicago Tribune Literary Award Winners 12-Aug-2015

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The Rise and Rise of Literary Festivals

Kevin Parker explores the phenomenal increase in literary festivals over the last decade. Why are they so popular? What do they contribute? What's in for the public and authors? Read More


Jersey Festival of Words


A new five day literary festival on the beautiful Channel Island of Jersey in 2015 featuring visiting writers, homegrown talent, community events and an extensive schools programme. A welcome new addition to the burgeoning Island Literary Movement! When? Sept 30th- Oct 4th, 2015 Where? Jersey, Channel Islands Who? In 2015 - Carol Ann Duffy, Owen Sheers, Irma Kurtz , Simon Barnes, Will Smith+ More

International Agatha Christie Festival

The International Agatha Christie Festival (IACF) agatha_christie_festivalhonours the novelist and playwright Dame Agatha Christie – known throughout the world as the “Queen of Crime. The festival takes place in the elegant seaside town of Torquay, in Devon, UK, where the author was born on 15 September 1890.. When? The Agatha Christie Festival 11th -20th September, 2015 Where? Torre Abbey.Torquay, Devon, England More

Literary Leicesterliterary_leicester

Literary Leicester is an annual literary festival organised by the College of Arts Humanities and Law at the University of Leicester. All of the events are free and held mostly in the evening and at the weekend, attracting big, positive, passionate audiences from across the region.

The event also holds a vibrant Fringe programme, with fascinating talks from academics, readings by local authors, poetry and musical performance, writing commissions and much more. Offering literary and popular fiction, children’s and young adult events and workshops, biography, history, poetry, politics and performance. When? November 11 -14, 2015. More

Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival

2015 sees the return of Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival in this ancient Cumbrian city after a successful borderlines_carlise_book_festivalfirst year in 2014. An engaging a mix of talks and workshops is planned and the proceedings will kick off with a Murder Mystery Dinner on the Thursday 3rd September.

Carlisle has a long tradition of arts and crafts, and, with a population in excess of 100,000, the addition of a literary festival adds a welcome dimension. When? Thursday 3rd-Sunday 6th September, 2015 Where? Carlisle, Cumbria. Locations include the Crown and Mitre Hotel, Carlisle Tullie House , Carlisle City Library. Who? 2015 - Owen Jones, Terry Waite, Simon Yates, Gervase Phinn, Juliet Barker + More

 Literary Leicester

Carol Ann Duffy

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New Lanark Book Festival

new_lanark_book_festivalThe historic setting of New Lanark will host its first Book Festival from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th October 2015. The organisers have booked a fine line-up of well-known Scottish authors such as Alistair Moffat and Christopher Brookmyre for the 4-day event to get the gathering off to a strong start. Sessions on offer are designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of literary tastes with the themes all having a link to New Lanark in some way. Topics range from Scottish Fiction and History to Whisky, Food and Drink taking place in gorgeous World Heritage listed setting. When? Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th October 2015 Where? New Lanark World Heritage Site, New Lanark Mills, Lanark, South Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB Who? Ohillindon_-literary_festivalver 20 authors including Alistair Moffat, Christopher Brookmyre, C A Hope, Charles MacLean & James Robertson. Read more

Hillingdon Literary Festival

The inaugural Hillingdon Literary Festival (briefly named the Uxbridge Literary Festival) will feature a variety of presentations, readings, discussions, masterclasses and performances with successful contemporary writers and local writing groups. All events will be free, albeit ticketed, and held at Brunel University London, the Uxbridge Library, Southlands in West Drayton, and the Great Barn in Ruislip. A warm welcome to all involved. When? 16-18 October 2015 Where? London Borough of Hillingdon Who? Will Self ,Kate Mosse, Deborah Moggach, Benjamin Zephaniah, Laura Barnett. Read more

Quirky and Gorgeous

revolving_words_festival_of_railway_literatureThe inaugural Revolving Words Festival of Railway Literature, 23rd-25th Oct 2015, is a delightful innovation that is part of the 25th birthday celebrations of the Wensleydale Railway Association and in support of the Wensleydale Railway. Given the enormous role that railways have played in our history, plus the senseof pleasure that trains give to so many, this festival is a welcome addition to the literary scene. When? Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th October 2015 Where? Bedale, North Yorkshire More

FishLit is part of the Fishstock Festival on Saturday 5 September, 2015. The festival is run to raise funds for the Fishermen's Mission, Brixham. Local authors will be signing copies of their novels and there will the events throughout the day celebrating the sea and the fishing heritage of Devon. More

Cape Clear Island Storytelling Festival cape_clear

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, now in its 20th year, is an annual storytelling festival in a stunning setting where Irish and international storytellers and musicians are invited to perform.

Each of the three days offers a variety of activities and concerts to suit all ages. Six different venues are chosen for the various events and the island's stunning scenery creates a unique atmosphere for this storytelling event with a difference. When? 4- 6 September, 2015 Where? Cape Clear is Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island situated 8 miles off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork.  Who? Dovie Thomason, Birgit Lehner, Michael Harvey, Clare Muireann Murphy, Colum Sands More


Dulwich Literary Festival

Festival Director, Sheila O'Reilly, has pulled together a potent line-up for the 2nd Dulwich Literary Festival run by Dulwich Books of West Dulwich in London. The 2015 theme of 'Time & Place'. When? Friday 16th October to Sunday 18th October, 2015 Where? Dulwich, London Who? 2015 - Vince Cable, Prue Leith, Huw Edwards, Kate Mosse, Melvyn Bragg(right), Helen Lederer. More

Shoreham Wordfest

shoreham_wordfestA celebration of Words: written, spoken and sung. 30 varied events around this lovely historic town by the River Adur and on the Sea. The fifth Shoreham Wordfest takes place from the end of September to October 11th, 2015 with the theme of Moments of Change  When? End of September - October 11th, 2015 Where? Various venues, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex. Who? Celebrated playwright, David Hare, talks about his new memoir, The Blue Touch Paper, at his former school, Lancing College. Journalist and commentator, Julie Burchill will be talking about her book, Unchosen, at Sussex Yacht Club. Attila the Stockbroker is launching his autobiography, Arguments Yard, at the Ropetackle Centre. There is the world premiere of Roll Over Atlantic, a new show by Carribbean-British poet and performer John Agard, and a special talk, Simpson and I by Oggy Boytchev about his time working with the BBC’s John Simpson in some of the most dangerous places on earth... continues

The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festivalcheltenham_town_hall

This autumn The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival will welcome over 600 of the world’s greatest writers, poets, politicians, thinkers and stars to Cheltenham for an inspiring mix of debate and discussion. Over 100,000 tickets sell for the ten day event. As big as it gets. When? October 2-11, 2015 Where? Cheltenham Town Hall (GL50 1QA) Imperial Square and Montpellier Gardens (GL50 1SD) - Who? John BanvilleJulian BarnesAnne Enright, and Peter Carey bring the total number of Booker Prize winners speaking at the Festival to an impressive six including Pat Barker and Salman Rushdie. The roll call is huge. More

The Literary Tourist - Cornwall

Cornwall is fast laying claim to the being the UK's 'Literary Festival County' with a growing list of literary gatherings scheduled throughout the year.'s Kevin Parker gives an overview of the Cornish Literary Calendar. More

Featured Poet - Leo Aylen

Leo Aylen (left) has had 9 poetry collections published, had about 100 poems in anthologies, and about 100 poems broadcast. The Day The Grass Came, his latest leo_aylencollection was described by Melvyn Bragg as “a triumph,” and by Simon Callow as “Stupendous.”

He has won prizes in the Arvon (twice), Peterloo (twice) and Bridport competitions.   During most of the 1990’s Leo was regularly commissioned to create poems out of current news stories for BBC Radio 4 programmes, including The Today Programme. He has created a number of poetry features for BBC Radio 3, 4, and 5. 

He co-wrote Gods and Generals, a screenplay for Ted Turner Pictures about the American Civil War, produced and directed by Ron Maxwell, executive producer Ted Turner, starring Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang, and Mira Sorvino (Warner Bros 2003). ” Read more about Leo Aylen.

jon_lawrenceAuthor Focus - Jon Lawrence

Jon Lawrence (right)is a writer from South Wales now living in the east of England who is the author of the acclaimed novel The Pastoral. He has written a novella, a number of plays, two collections of poetry and comic essays and this year saw his follow-up novel Playing Beneath the Havelock House. Later this year he will release his second novella, Bisha.

"Writer's block is the best thing that ever happened to me. Following the release of an album called The Girl in the Spotlight I had nothing to say as a songwriter. It was 2009 and for the last ten years I had been writing constantly. Suddenly it all halted. The title track of the album gave me the curiosity to find out more about the characters I had written about in my songs. There is only so much depth you can go into in a lyric and I wanted to get to know these characters a little more. This led me to writing a play, which led on to poetry, which in turn led to writing essays, short stories and a novel.

My writing has been informed by many of the subjects which my songs explored - my difficult relationship with my father, my depression, my sense of the comically absurd, the anger I feel toward organised religion, the love of my family and the death of my friend in the 9/11 attacks in New York - and now as a playwright and novelist I have been able to delve a little deeper into these issues." Read more

Featured Authors


Rachel Kelly is the author of Black Rainbow: How words healed me – my journey through depression, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2014.

In an extended bibiographical piece, Rachel shares her journey through depression and back again More

Previously Featured Authors - Julia Suzuki - Clive Cussler - Kev Reynolds - Michael Morpurgo - Ricky Baxter -

Elif Şafak has been named by critics have as “one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Turkish and world literature”. She is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Elif is appearing at a number of UK Literary Festivals this season More

Previously Featured Authors- Carol-Ann Duffy - Jill Dawson - Hilary Mantel - Beatrix Campbell - DD Johnston - Danielle Steel

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, including The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin. She is appearing at a number of UK Literary Festivals this season More

Previously Featured Authors - Ian Rankin - Catherine Fisher - Sebastian Faulks - Dougie Brimson - Ruth Rendell


Thor Ewing’s Viking connection began early, when he was named after the Norse god of thunder. Since graduating from Durham in 1989 (where he studied Medieval Literature specialising in Old Norse) he has worked as an independent scholar, writing speaking and consulting on all things Viking, and providing translations of medieval texts from Old Norse, Old English, Old Welsh, Old Gaelic and Latin. More

Autumn Literary Festivals

September 2015

Every effort made but please check all information regarding dates and line-ups for yourself.

The Agatha Christie Festival - 11th -20th September, 2015

Appledore Book Festival - September 26 to October 4, 2015

Aspects Irish Literature Festival - 23rd– 27th September, 2015

Battersea Literature Festival - No vital signs in 2015 as far as we can tell.

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature - Friday 25th September – Sunday 4th October 2015

Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend Festival - Friday 11th September - Sunday 13th September, 2015

Bewdley Book Week -7th - 13th September, 2015

Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film and Music 24 - 27 September 2015

Bloody Scotland - Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival - 11-13 September, 2015

Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival - Friday 4th-Sunday 6th September, 2015

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival - Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th September 2015

Bristol Poetry Festival -2015 TBA

Chiswick Book Festival - September 10th -14th, 2015

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, Ireland - 4- 6 September, 2015

Cheltenham Literature Festival - October 2-11, 2015

Chiswick Book Festival - 10th-14th September, 2015

Cork International Short Story Festival - 23-26 September, 2015

Eastbourne Book Festival - September 19 -20, 2015

Essex Poetry Festival - through September & October most years

Everybody’s Reading - Leicester - 26th September - 4th October, 2015

Festival of Writing -September 4th-6th, 2015

FishLit - Brixham, Devon - 5th September, 2015

Graham Greene Festival - "We are very sorry to report that owing to unforeseen circumstances the 2015 Festival has had to be cancelled. We apologise to those of you who have already made plans to visit Berkhamsted this year and were hoping to attend our customary four day event."

Guernsey Literary Festival - September 16-20th, 2015

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival - No festival planned for 2015. Next event 2016.

Henley Literary Festival - 28 September - 4 October 2015

Jersey Festival of Words -Sept 30th- Oct 4th, 2015

King's Lynn Poetry Festival -September 25 -27, 2015

Lowestoft Library Literary Festival - 2015 TBA

Manx Litfest - September 23rd through to Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Marlborough Literature Festival (October some years 2nd-4th Oct, 2015)

Moray Book Festival -16 Sep 2015 - 19 Sep 2015 (Dates TBC)

Nairn Book and Arts Festival - September 1- 6, 2015

New Words Festival of New Writing - through September most years

September 2015 Continued

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival - 17 - 20 September 2015

Oscar Wilde Festival - Friday September 4 to Sunday September 6, 2015

Sevenoaks Literary Celebration - 25th September -10th October, 2015

Shoreham Wordfest - End of September to October 11th, 2015

St Ives September Festival - 12th -26th September, 2015

Tidelines Book Festival - North Ayreshire - 11-13th September, 2015

Wakefield Lit Fest - 18-27 September, 2015

Wigtown Book Festival - 25 Sept - 4 Oct - Wigtown Book Festival, 2015

Wymondham Words Festival - October this year?

Wimbledon Book Festival - 2nd to October 11th, 2015

Winchester Poetry Festival - Next festival Friday 7 - Sunday 9 October 2016

Wise Words- Canterbury - 4th, 5th & 6th September 2015

Woodstock - Rebranded several times. Current reincarnation Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film and Music 24 - 27 September 2015

October 2015

Please check all information regarding dates and line-ups for yourself..

Appledore - September 26 to October 4, 2015

Athlone Literary Festival - 2015 TBA

Banbury Literary Live - Sunday 22nd November 2015

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature (continues) - Friday 25th September – Sunday 4th October 2015

Berwick Literary Festival - October 16 - 18 2015

Beverley Literature Festival - October 1-10, 2015

Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival -2nd -3rd October 2015

Birmingham Literature Festival -Thursday 8th and Saturday 17th October, 2015

Brighton and Hove City Reads - The event is taking a year off in 2015

Bristol Festival of Literature - 2015 Oct 15th-25th

Canterbury Festival - October 17 - 31, 2015

Charmouth Literary Festival - Saturday October 10th, 2015

Chester Literature Festival - October 10-25, 2015

Crystal Palace Children's Book Festival (One off a few years back it seems)

Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival - 2015 TBC

Dalkey Creates - (Republic of Ireland) - 11-24 June, 2015

Dorchester Literary Festival - 23rd-25th October, 2015

Dromineer Literary Festival - October 1-4, 2015

Durham Book Festival - 6- 17 October 2015

Dulwich Literary Festival 16th October to Sunday 18th October, 2015

Dylan Thomas Festival - 2015 TBC

Essex Poetry Festival - 18 September - 22nd October, 2015

Exeter Poetry Festival - Oct 5th -11th, 2015

October 2015 Continued

FlipSide Festival - 2-4 Oct, 2015

Frinton Literary Festival -Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th October 2015

Gibraltar International Literary Festival -Thursday, November 12, and Sunday, November 15, 2015

Graham Greene Festival - No festival in 2015

Guildford Book Festival - October 11-18, 2015

Havant Literary Festival - 2015 TBA

Henley Literary Festival - 28 September - 4 October 2015

Hillingdon Literary Festival -16-18 October 2015

Ilkley Literarture Festival - October 2- October 18, 2015

Islay Book Festival - Generally the first weekend in October

Isle of Lismore Book Week - 2015 TBC

Isle of Wight Literary Festival - 15th to the 18th October, 2015

Jersey Festival of Words -Sept 30th- Oct 4th, 2015

Kilburn Literary Festival - October 28th -November 4th, 2015

Knutsford Literary Festival - Thursday 3rd and Sunday 11th October 2015.

Lincoln Book Festival - September 28 to October 3, 2015

lichfield literature - 2015 TBA

Literary Dundee - 21st-25th October, 2015

Literary Footprints - London -8th-25th October 2015

London Sports Writing Festival - 2015 TBC

Lowestoft Library Literary Festival - Saturday October 3rd, 2015

London Welsh Literature Festival - 2015 TBA

Manchester Literary Festival - 2015 Festival takes place Monday 12th - Sunday 25th October

Mere Literary Festival -12th - 18th October 2015

Morley - 2015 TBA

New Lanark Book Festival - Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th October 2015

North Cornwall Book Festival - 2015 festival dates are October 23-25th

Off the Shelf Festival of Words - 2015 TBA

Penarth Book Festival - 11-19 October 2015

Plymouth International Book Festival - October 15- 22 , 2015

Revolving Words - the Festival of Railway Literature - Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th October 2015

Rochester Literature Festival - October 10-11th, 2015

Ryedale Book Festival - 10th-11th 0ctober, 2015

Scottish International Storytelling Festival - 23rd October - November 1st 2015

Sevenoaks Literary Celebration - 25th September -10th October, 2015

Sherborne Literary Festival - October 14th -18th October 2015

Shoreham Wordfest- End of September - October 11th, 2015

Thame Arts & Literature festival - Wednesday 16th to Sunday 18th October 2015

Times Literature Cheltenham Festival - October 2-11, 2015



October 2015 Continued

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival - 24- October- 01November, 2015

Warwick Words -1 - 4 October 2015

Wellington Literary Festival -Rolling series from end of August through October each year

Wells Festival of Literature - 9th-17th October, 2015

Wigtown Book Festival - 25 Sept - 4 Oct - Wigtown Book Festival, 2015

Wimbledon Book Festival - 2nd to October 11th, 2015

Winchester Poetry Festival - Next festival Friday 7 - Sunday 9 October 2016

Wirral Bookfest - through October

Wolds Word (Louth, Alford and Lincolnshire Wolds) - 21st – 25th October 2015
Children & Young People Programme 27th – 29th October 2015…

Words in Walden - Saffron Walden, Essex - Rolling series

November 2015

November and December Literary Festivals 2015

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival -November 6- 8, 2015

Bard of Armagh Festival of Humerous Verse -Finals November 20th, 2015

Bridport Literary Festival -Sunday 8 through to Sunday 15 November 2015

Cambridge Winter Wordfest - November 29th, 2015

Dublin Book Festival -12th to the 15th November, 2015

Do Not Go Gently - Music & Literary Festival (Dylan Thomas)

Dylan Thomas Festival (continued) -24rd -25th October, 2015

Festival of Romance - Novemebr 6-8, 2015

Folkestone Literary Festival - 20 – 29 November 2015

Gibraltar International Literary Festival -November 12, and Sunday, November 15, 2015

Humber Mouth Literature Festival - 6 -16 Novermber 2015

Lavenham Literary Festival - 13th, 14th and 15th of November 2015

Linlithgow Book Festival, West Lothian - 2015 TBC

Literary Leicester Festival -November 11 -14, 2015

London History Festival -2015 TBC

Petworth Literary Weekend, West Sussex -2015 Literary Weekend 4 - 8 November

Richmond Upon Thames - 6 – 27 November 2015

St Albans Literary Festival -2015 TBC

Tarbet Book Festival -28-29 November , 2015

Taunton Literary Festival - 2015 TBC

Wimborne Literary Festival -2015 TBC


Unpublished Fiction Writers Open Reading - Wood Green, London - 6th December, 2015