Currently tracking over 350 Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and nearly 100 more in Australia & New Zealand. Organisers can update details or send new listing info here.

You are invited to register for the seasonal newsletter which provides brief sumary list of upcoming festivals. Authors, illustrators and poets are also invited to list their details. The site operates on an 'each according to their means' basis, so chip-in if you are able but if not then please send details anyway. All is care taken but please check out the details via official site links. The whole affair is a one-man show so your patience is appreciated if I don't get back to you immediately. Kevin Parker.

Colonsay Book Festival - A small but always quality group of mostly Scotttish authors gather to entertain in this lovely location. When? 26th - 27th, April 2014. More

The Flamstead Book Festival takes place amongst the medieval wall paintings of St Leonards’ church in a traditional village setting. You can hear from best-selling authors such as Tony Parsons, Clare Mulley and a number of top children’s writers. There are sessions on self-publishing, sports writing and gardening, with creative writing workshops for young people. When? 7th June 2014 Where? Flamstead, Hertfordshire, UK Who? 2014 -Tony Parsons, Jonathan Stroud, Dawn Finch -

NEW - 2014 sees the inaugural Winchester Poetry Festival.When? 12-14 September, 2014 Where? Winchester, Hampshire Who? 2014 Writers taking part include Michael Longley, David Constantine, Edna Longley, Patience Agbabi. More

Chipping Camden Literature Festival - 2014 will be the fifth time around for the festival . When? 6th -11th May, 2014 Where? Chipping Camden, North Cotswolds. More

Beyond the Border Wales International Storytelling Festival takes is a three-day festival of stories and music from Wales and across the world. When? 4 -6 July, 2014 Where? St Donats Castle, on the Vale of Glamorgan Coast. More

Eastbourne Book Fest - Formerly known as Eastbourne Writes, three days takes place in various venues around town. Readings, creative writing workshops, illustration workshops, book making workshops, writing competition, glass fiction, with a collectors item programme. When? May 30th – June 1st 2014 More

Hexham Book Festival blends words, stories and ideas and offers a mixed bag of literary delights for all ages. 2014 will be the ninth time the event has taken place. When? 28th April to 8th May More

Crossing the Tees: Middlesbrough and Stockton Book Festival -Tthe Middlesbrough Literary Festival have been rebirthed as Crossing the Tees with the Middlesborough and Stockton Libraries now working together. Love the name and wish this new festival all the very best. Not a bad line-up at all to get the ball rolling. When ? Friday 6th June to Saturday 21st June 2014 Where? Libraries and other venues across Middlesbrough and Stockton Who? 2014 - Joanne Harris, Gervase Phinn and Elizabeth Gill. More

The Cirencester Children's Literary Festival is back for a second time in 2014 which is fantastic. The affair has added a couple of adult events in the evenings. When? 28th July - 2 August 2nd August, 2014 Where? Octavia's Bookshop and Cirencester Bingham Library Who? In 2014 -  Varjak Paw , Nicholas Allan, Jeff Norton. More

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The Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival - A mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Festival Director, Annie Ashworth, has built the event into a formidable affair ensuring that Stratford is right up there with the very best regional Litfests throughout the nation. When? Sunday, 26th April until 4th May, 2014 Where? Stratford Upon Avon Who? 2014 Baroness Shirley Williams, Val McDermid, Chris Beardshaw, Rachel Joyce, Gerald Seymour, Joanne Harris, Hugh Pym, Gavin Esler. More

BookFest: the University of Warwick Book Festival at Warwick Arts Centre- A weekend festival celebrating the finest and "most exciting writing in the UK today", so say the organisers of this event in the very literary town of Warwick. Who are we to say otherwise? Looks like a potent line-up. Does Michael Morpurgo ever get anytime at home we ask? When? 17-18th May 2014 Where? Warwick Arts Centre, West Midlands Who? Michael Morpurgo, Louis de Bernieres, Jennifer Clement. More

BeaconLit - The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing - Following the success of last year's inaugural half-day event, organisers are going for a full day in 2014 and are putting together a programme of author panel discussions, talks and workshops with something for everyone. Panels will include crime and young adult fiction, and there will also be sessions on writing craft and getting published. When? 28 June 2014 Where? The Lawn, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire LU7 9EW Who? In 2014 - Stephen Booth, Alison Bruce, Rowan Coleman More

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival- Four days of packed readings, workshops, talks, music, exhibitions, film and theatre from the best of contemporary poets. When? 30 May - 2 June 2014 Where? Sterts Arts Centre, Upton Cross, near Liskeard, Cornwall Who?Louis de Bernieres, Gillian Clarke, Menna Elfyn, Professor Philip Gross ). More

Felixstowe Book Festival - Back for a second year after a successful debut in 2013 under the guidance of Festival Director and founder Meg Reid.

Author talks, writers’ workshops, fiction and non fiction, poetry, politics, history, sport. Song writing workshop. Children’s and teen events. Author hosted vintage tea parties, and a gala dinner. When? 28 -29 June, 2014 Where?- Various throughout hte town Who? DonnaFletcher Crow - Sophie Crockett - Harry Freedman -Tobias Hill - Kamila Shamsie. More

Surrey Heath Literary Festival - Back for it's fourth year in 2014 this literary festival was inspired by local Cllr Tim Dodds. Nice one Tim. When? Friday 9 - Sunday 11 May 2014. Where? Camberley Theatre, Surrey Who? In 2014 Antonia Fraser, Leo Aylen, Prunella Scales, Peter Bentley More


2014 sees the inaugural Stoke Literary Festival. The festival in the factory, also known as Hot Air, is giving a nod to Stoke-on-Trent’s historic background.

Stewart Collins, Festival Director, has extensive knowledge and experience managing other well known literary festivals including Henley & Petworth.

When? Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June 2014.Where? Emma Bridgewater Factory on Lichfield Street, Stoke-on-Trent Who? 2014 - Joanna Trollope, David Starkey, Andy McNab- More

Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival Line-up 24-Apr-2014

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2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners Announced 13-Apr-2014

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Shortlist €100,000 IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award 13-Apr-2014

10 novels have been shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, managed by D..

Shortlist: Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 13-Apr-2014

The shortlist for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction ha..

Wigan and Leigh Words Festival Programme 2014 10-Apr-2014

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Featured Authors


K.E. Martin is the fiction name of non-fiction author and editor Kathy Martin. Her first novel, The Woodville Connection, was published by Pen & Sword Books in 2013. Read more

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Dr Martin Cole writes and illustrates in the genre, basing his work on historical and scientific facts.  Through magazine feature articles and three novels to date, he brings an entertaining and often humorous touch. More


Lucienne Boyce's first published novel, To The Fair Land (2012) is set in the eighteenth century . More


James Crowden is an author and poet living in Somerset who, before becoming a full time writer, worked for 20 years as a shepherd, sheep shearer, cider maker and forester. His non-fiction work & poetry focuses on the West Country with one of his works, In Time of Flood, rather pertinent given the recent weather. More


Catherine Fisher's novel, Incarceron, set in a futuristic living prison,was the Times Children's Book of the Year. Together with its sequel Sapphique, it spent six weeks in the New York Times bestseller list . More

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The Big Four

Oxford Literary Festival

Over 350 writers flock to the famous university city to discuss affairs literary, political, historical, environmental and culinary - to name just a few - for the eight-day Oxford Literary Festival, hosted by the atmospheric Christ Church College with its Tudor hall and cloisters. When? March each year (over for 2014) More

Hay Festival

Hay Festival was founded around a kitchen table in 1987 and continues to attract the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians to inspire, delight and entertain. For 10 days in May, Hay is full of stories, ideas, laughter and music. Still the best literary festival in the country? When? 22 May–1 June, 2014. More

Cheltenham Literature Festival

600+ authors attend of the oldest and best loved literature festivals in the world, lectures, poetry readings, children's events, interviews, storytelling, book groups, writing workshops, education projects, live literature. Over 100,000 tickets sell for the ten day event. As big as it gets. When? October 3-12, 2014. More

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature. 17 extraordinary days, 750 events, 800 authors, over 40 different countries represented. Bookworms, bibliophiles and internationally acclaimed authors and thousands of aspiring writers will descend on Edinburgh. It's massive and wonderful. When? 9 – 24 August, 2014. More

Causes - English Pen

english_penEvery year, hundreds of writers and other literary professionals around the world are imprisoned, prosecuted, persecuted, attacked, threatened, forced into exile or even murdered as a result of their work. English PEN’s International Campaigns seek to defend and support these writers and their families, and to help bring about the necessary changes to make the freedom to write a reality around the world.

English PEN’s International Campaigns are led by the Writers at Risk Committee (formerly the Writers in Prison Committee), founded in 1960 and now one of the world’s longest running campaigns for free expression. The work is co-ordinated by their office-based Campaigns Team and informed by the research of  PEN International. Join Enlish Pen today to support this invauable work.

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Digital Literary Magazines

Episodic Literary Magazine -

" Gorgeous edgy publication filled with pithy pieces that often cut like ice" kp

Episodic is dedicated to the jigsaw-ness of life – the way it fits together – the big picture made up of many meaningful smaller pictures. Read Issues

Also cool Sassafras Literary Magazine

Alice & Atlas Literary Magazine

"A name inspired by the Hadron Collider A&A delivers plenty of impact" kp

 It’s that kind of intersection, between literature and science. Things that meet, conjoin, dance, rebound, explode. Read

Maybe Of Cabbages and King’s - Journal of King’s English Literary Society?

What the Fiction

"Each issue through slow fermentation delivers a kick worth waiting for" kp

A labor of love — love of well-crafted stories, love of reading and love of publishing. This is not about money, it is about art. Read Issues

Poetry? You might also be interested in Yorick Magazine

Danish Literary Magazine

The main aim of this biennially published magazine is to inform foreign publishers, literary agents and translators about trends in Danish literature and publicise sources of literature funding available from The Danish Arts Council. Read the Autumn Issue

How About P-oint 2 - Poetry, Short stories & Art

Literary Awards

Longlists for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been revealed for the first time in the history of the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awardsMore

Australian Independent Booksellers have announced their Shortlist for The INDIE Awards 2014. More

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the winners of the 2014 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator More


Swedish author Barbro Lindgren has been announced as the 2014 recipient of the world's largest and most prestigious children's literature award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award beating out 237 other nominees.

The annual award is named in honour of the late Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, creator of the Pippi Longstocking book series, and it carries with it a cash prize of five million krona. More



The Shock of the Fall by debut author and mental health nurse, Nathan Filer, has beaten bestselling novelist Kate Atkinson to win the title of 2013 Costa Book of the Year. The Shock of the Fall tells the story of Matthew and Simon, two brothers who are separated yet united by a tragic accident.  More


 The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults for 2014 – More