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Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2019

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VERVE Festival of Poetry & Spoken Word

A four day festival of sparkling poetry and awe inspiring spoken word in the heart of Birmingham's vibrant city centre. When? 14-17 Feb 2019 Where? Birmingham City Centre Read More

Alderney Literary Festival


The Alderney Literary Festival is the Channel Island's boutique history festival The Festival has as its constant theme the interpretation of history and the convergence of historical fact and literary fiction. ​ When? 29th-31st March, 2019 Where? Channel Island of Alderney Who? 2019 - Anthony Riches, Kate Williams, Nuala Calvi, Ben Kane, Abir Mukherjee, Duncan Barrett, Alex von Tunzelmann, Clare Mulley, Mark Oldfield, Mary Lyn Bracht (Festival Debut Author). Read More

Minehead Literary Festival


The inaugural Minehead Literary festival features presentations by four leading writers with ties to the area who will explore the importance of place in their writing. Tessa Hadley, who heads the line-up of speakers at the festival, has just published her seventh novel Late in the Day to rave reviews.

To celebrate the Minehead Literary Festival a short story competition, with classes for adults and children, is being organised in the run-up to the festival. And an art exhibition will run from April 2 to May 6 at the Regal Theatre and Toucan Wholefoods with work by established local artists which will also focus on the theme of the importance of place. When? Saturday April 27th Where? Methodist Church Hall, 7 The Avenue, Minehaed, Somerset. Who? Tessa Hadley, Tim Dee, Pamela Holmes, Victoria Eveleigh. Read More



Set in the glorious house and grounds of Chiddingstone Castle in the National Trust village of Chiddingstone, West Kent, the festival returns for a fourth outing in 2019. Following the success of the 2018 events the organisers have expanded the 2019 programme from three to FOUR days.When? May 4-7th, 2019 Read More


Established in 1980 the annual Winchester Writers' Festival offers three days of talks and workshops for writers at all levels of experience, working in a wide variety of forms and genres,including contemporary fiction, writing for children or young adults, life-writing, fantasy, crime fiction, historical fiction, poetry, short fiction and script. Read More



BIG LIT The Stewartry Book Festival 

BIG LIT is friendly four day festival of all things literary based in the small rural town of Gatehouse of Fleet. It offers talks, workshops, installation, exhibition, music, poetry and prose, with a popular strand for young people. When? 2 - 5 May, 2019 Where? Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland Who? 2019 - Bernard McClaverty, Hugh Pym, Peter Marinker, Annette Badland, Henry Bell, Owen Lowery, Sue Lawrence, Ted Powell, Janis McKay+ Read More



Salisbury Literary Festival

Salisbury Literary Festival is a festival for readers and writers. The line-ups are predominantly fiction-based to put authors, rather than celebrities, front and centre. There is a particular focus on the rich literary heritage that Salisbury has, past and present. The festival also features a popular Writers' Day on the Sunday, consisting of workshops and publishing talks. The line-up will be announced in the summmer When? 18-20 October 2019. Read More



For ten days in November, the Hertfordshire market town of Tring will be transformed into a literary lover’s dream as the community welcomes a selection of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers to help celebrate the joy of the written word. When? Friday 8th to Sunday 17th November 2019 Where? Tring, Hertfordshire. (Various venues). Read More

2019 Festivals - below are that dates that I have on-hand for those of you planning ahead

January/February 2019 Literary Festivals

Brentford Children's Literary Festival - 21 - 23 February 2019 (switched from a July date it seems)

Doolin Writers' Weekend - 25th-27th January 2019. Ireland

Faversham Literary Festival, Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February 2019- Kent.

VERVE Festival of Poetry & Spoken Word - 14-17 Feb 2019, Birmingham City Centre

Limerick Literary Festival - 22nd-24th February 2019. Ireland

Newham Word Festival, East London,25 February – 10 March 2019

North Herts Book Festival - Rolling series generally through February

Weston Literature Festival-  Friday 22nd February – Friday 1st March 2019. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

March 2019 Literary Festivals

Aldeburgh Literary Festival - Thursday 28th to Sunday 3rd March 2019

Alderney Literary Festival - 2019 Alderney Literary Festival of Historical Literature 29th-31st March.

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival - 2019 March

Barnt Green BookFest - Saturday 16th March

Bournville BookFest - 14th-24th March

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival - 30th March to 7th April, 2019

Chagword - Dartmoor's Literary Festival in Chagford- Biennial. Next festival, March 22 – 24 March 2019

Cork International Poetry Festival - March 19th - 23rd, 2019

Diva Literary Festival - (biennial) 5-17, March, 2019

Ennis Book Club Festival - 1st-3rd March 2019

Essex Book Festival - Throughout March each year.

Fishbourne Literary Festival 'Fishbourne Loves Books' - Saturday 30th March, 2019 - West Sussex

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival - March 30 and April 7, 2019

Headingley Lit Fest - Rolling series through March

Huddersfield Literature Festival - 21st-31st March, 2019

Jewish Book Week - Saturday March 2nd to Sunday 10th March, 2019

Kings Lynn Fiction Festival -   5-17 March, 2019.

Leeds Lit Fest, Yorkshire. 6-10th March, 2019

Oxford Literary Festival - March 30 April 7, 2019

Solihull BookFest - Saturday 9th March

Sutton Coldfield BookFest - Saturday 2nd March

Stanza: Scotland's Poetry Festival, St. Andrews - Wednesday 6 and Sunday 10 March 2019

Teignmouth Poetry Festival – 21 to 24 March 2019

York Literature Festival - 15th-31st March, 2019

Wimbledon Book Festival 15-17 March, 2019 (Spring Festival)

April Literary Festivals

Ampthill Litfest (formerly Ampthill Literary Festival) Saturday 27th April 2019 

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival - 30th March- 7 April, 2019

Chipping Norton Literary Festival - 25 - 28 April 2019

Colonsay Book Festival -  April 27 and 28, 2019

Cúirt International Festival of Literature (Galway, Ireland) -April 8 – 14th, 2019

Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, Gloucestershire, Cotswalds - Saturday 27th April 2019

Hexham Book Festival - Friday 26th April to Sunday 5th May, 2019

Laugharne Weekend Festival -Weekend 5 Apr 2019 - 7 Apr 2019

Minehead Literary Festival, Somerset, Saturday 27th April, 2019

Oxford Literary Festival - March 30 April 7, 2019

Scarborough Literature Festival - 11 -14 April 2019

Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival -Spring Festival: 28th April-5th May 2019

UK Southern Book Show - 28 April 2019, West Sussex

Wrexham Carnival of Words -  27th April to Saturday 4th May 2019

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Justin Newland crafts his stories to entertain, inform and speculate. He writes historical fiction with a supernatural twist. His work explores the zeitgeist of our times, the underlying narrative to every culture. Read More


Joanne M. McCarron is the exciting new Australian author of the critically acclaimed children’s fairy tales The Singing Stone (2014) and The Kaleidoscope (2015),the first two books in her Silvery Elms series as well as the author of two historical novels, A Harp of Truest Tone (2013) and Coventina’s Well (2019). Read More.


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David Bailey is the author of children's adventure books including ‘The Storm’ children’s (8-13 years) novel ‘The Dream’ children’s (8-13 years) novel. Read More


Australian JL (Judy) Crozier's first novel, What Empty Things Are These, a literary historical set in London of 1860, was published recently by Regal House Publishing. Read More


The well-received, The Melted Cheese on the Cosmic Pizza, is Andrew Button's first full collection of poetry. Read More

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Denis Olasehinde Akinmolasire perspectives have been formed through his own journey in finding love, battling to overcome the challenges and fears that have been put in front of him in the pursuit of glory and being the very best he can be at everything he does. Denis's most recent book, Love, War and Glory explores these themes. Read More


Vera Byrne's (1927 – 2014), Diary of an Irish Mother, was been published posthumously (2018). It is a record of a time both familiar and forgotten, not so long ago but recalled vividly in Vera’s sharp eye for detail, character and event. . Read More

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