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Margate Bookie 2017

Festival Director and Founder, Andreas Loizou, has pulled together a strong author roster for this years Margate Bookie. Presentations are held in three iconic local venues, the world-famous Turner Contemporary art gallery. the stylish Sands Hotel and the award-winning Bernie's Chocolate Bar. Topics in 2017 include children, cookery, history, romance, real-life and laughter amongst others.

When? August 17th to August 20th, 2017 Where? Beside the seaside in gorgeous Margate, Kent. Who? Alison Weir Daisy Buchanan Barney Hoskyns Jeremy Hardy Felicia Yap Chloe Esposito Nicholas Rankin + Read more

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Founded in 2008, the Budleigh Lit Fest celebrates its 9th year in 2017 with its biggest programme yet.

The line-up, appearing beside the sea in September, includes Radio 2 broadcaster Jeremy Vine, former home secretary and award-winning Alan Johnson, Michael Morpurgo OBE, Dame Hilary Mantel, Bridget Kendall MBE, Allison Pearson, David Crystal, Rev Richard Coles, Stephen Moss, Alex Preston and Philip Hoare, Dr Shirin Edabi, Sarah Perry, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Paula Byrne, Nicholas Crane, and Sophie Hannah plus others.

There’s free events for kids on 16th and 17th September, and workshops from calligraphy to Arvon for young writers. Topics range from women’s rights in Iran to Jane Austen in Hollywood.  When? 13 – 17 September 2017. Read More

guidford_book_festivalGuildford Book Festival

Established in 1989, and now in its 29th year, the Guildford Book Festival brings together a vibrant mix of authors and artists from around the world for eight-days of outstanding conversation and lively debate, all held in a welcoming environment. The Festival offers a strong programme of events for children, including an active schools programme. Over 50 authors are expecting to be appearing at the 2017 event. When? 8 to 15 October 2017 - Read More

Swanswick Writers' Summer School

Swanwick Writers' Summer School is a week-long programme for writers of all ages, abilities and genres. Featuring courses, workshops, guest speakers, panels and optional one-to-one sessions, it offers you the opportunity to learn new skills, explore your creativity, perform your poetry, sing, act, dance, laugh, or even write.

When? 12-18 August 2017 Where? Swanwick Writers' Summer School The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU Who? In 2017 - Sophie Hannah, ​Cathy Cassidy, ​Imogen Cooper + Read more


Edinburgh International Book Festival

Tedinburh_international_book_festivalhis three week celebration of the written word is the largest of its kind in the world. Entry to the gardens is free. Here visitors can soak up the atmosphere, browse the bookshops, enjoy refreshments from the cafe or bar and choose from a programme of over 800 events. When? The next Book Festival is on 12-28 August 2017 Where? Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more

Featured Authors

Tanya Goodin


Author: OFF. Your Digital Detox For A Better Life (2017)

Tanya Goodin is an award-winning digital entrepreneur and founder of digital detox specialists Time To Log Off.

Twice a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and for the Blackberry Outstanding Women in Technology award, Tanya was inspired to set-up Time To Log Off after a 20-year career working exclusively in the online world as research and evidence began to emerge supporting her belief that she was not alone in suffering from the adverse effects of a screen-dominated life. Her goal now is to help others discover, like her, the joys of regularly fully disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with the real world. More

Berwick Literary Festival - Northumbria


2017 witnesses the fourth small and friendly festival in the historic walled town of Berwick upon Tweed. The organisers aim to attract authors of national renown while also providing a platform for writers from the region. When? Berwick Literary Festival 20-22 Oct 2017 Where? Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland Who? 2017 - Ian McMillan, Tony Husband, Max Adams, Neil Astley, Katrina Porteous and many others. Read more

Stroud Book Festival

Stroud Book Festival is a 5-day literary feast for book lovers, showcasing some of the best in writing on a variety of themes.

When? 2 - 5 November 2017 Where? Stroud, Gloucestershire polly_toynbeeWho? Adam Horowitz , John Dougherty, Polly Toynbee (right), The Emergency Poet, Hopeless Maine, Katie Fforde, Jane Bailey, Caroline Sanderson. Read more

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival

The Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival is held annually in the October half-term, in various venues in the Oxfordshire market town of Wantage, where the late great Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman lived for many years. The festival is a broad mix of author interviews, poetry performance, comedy, workshops and theatre. The 2017 line-up includes Jenni Murray, Susie Dent, Nicholas Rankin, Clover Stroud, Felix Francis, Dr Claire Guest, children's favourite Korky Paul and renowned comedian Rich Hall. 

When? Saturday 22nd October – Sunday 30th October 2016. Read More


The Oundle Festival of Literature runs a programme of all year round events More


Kevin B. Turner, author of Sky Shamans of Mongolia is the Director for Asia of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS), founded by Michael Harner. He is a field research associate and a faculty member at the Foundation. Read more

Paul Goodwin

Author: Forewarned: A Sceptic’s Guide to Prediction

Paul Goodwin is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Bath, where he taught and researched forecasting and decision making.


An award winning lecturer, he regular gives talks and keynote speeches around the world to audiences ranging from hospital surgeons to curators of art galleries. He has written numerous articles and papers and he is the co-author of a bestselling book on decision making, now in its fifth edition.

His latest book, Forewarned: A Sceptic’s Guide to Prediction, was published by Biteback Publishing in July, 2017. Read more

Chris Mullin


MP for Sunderland South 1987-2010; a minister in three departments – Environment, International Development and the Foreign Office.  Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee.  Author of eight books, including the novel ‘A Very British Coup’ which was made into a successful television series and three widely acclaimed volumes of diaries. Read more

Jacqueline Wilson


Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total now stands at over 35 million! Read more

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 Kevin B. Turner

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Dan Jeffries

Dan Jeffries is very, very rare.

Born with a condition called Wyburn-Mason syndrome which affects the vascular system, it has left Dan blind in one eye and short-sighted in the other. It is thought there have been less than thirty reported cases in the last fifty years - worldwide. That equates to 1 in 70 million. That’s rare. And then, as he turned thirty, he was diagnosed with another rare condition: Acromegaly, caused by a benign tumour in the pituitary gland.

In October 2015 Dan published his memoir, 'Me, Myself & Eye'. It tells the story about growing up with such a rare condition and how it impacted his life at school and University. Read more

Susanna Beard

Susanna’s debut novel, Dare to Remember, was published in February 2017 through Legend Press. It’s a psychological thriller/drama about a woman, Lisa, whose best friend is killed, leaving her terrified, guilty and confused by her loss of memory of the incident. Read More

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