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Workshop Programme for 2018 West Cork Literary Festival 08-Jan-2018

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Literary Festivals 2018

A fabulous selection of Literary Festivals beckon throughout the year. From the all-encompassing mega events such as Hay, Chelmsford, Oxford and Edinburgh, to smaller intimate community festivals, there has never been more chances to get up close and personal with your favourite, or soon to be favourite, authors.

HowTheLightGetsIn

With over 700 events, the range, choice and depth of the programme at HowTheLightGetsIn is unmatched. Yet, even though the event has grown tenfold since it started, the organisers have kept it intimate scale. The venues are small enough to encourage real conversation, electric enough to make the dancing spin. When? From 25th-28th May 2018 Where? Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales Who? The festival will feature  political theorist Noam Chomsky, Anna Soubry MP, physicist Lawrence Krauss, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, literary critic Stanley Fish, Angela Eagle MP, British journalist Myriam François, and many more. Read More

Hay

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. It's huge. If you have yet to get along then maybe 2018 is the time? The original organistion has morphed exponentially and now organises Literary Festivals under the Hay banner worldwide - how wonderful. Past authors include Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureshi, Louisde Bernieres, Martin Amis, ex-Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Salman Rushdie, Jools Holland, Cherie Booth, Howard Davies, Gary Kasparov, Boris Spassky , Marcus Brigstocke, George Monbiot, Tim Smit, Julian Barnes, Claire Armitstead,Will Self, Fay Weldon - well, you get the picture. Children's Festival Hay Fever runs alongside the Hay Festival every year. Where? Hay-On-Wye, Wales When? 24 May—3 June 2018. Read More

New Festivals in 2018

Each year we seem to lose a few festivals whilst welcoming new events to our robust literary festival circuit throughout the nation. Newcomers that have been in-touch include:

Delapre Festival of Books

A weekend celebrating books at Delapre Abbey, a 900 year old Abbey in the heart of Northampton. Come along to hear talks from Bookstagram celebrities, publishers and magazines, pick up some career advice from those in the industry, purchase new and secondhand books as well as book related crafts, listen to author talks and attend signings. There will be plenty for all the family with a book trail, children’s activities, readings and a chance to meet the animals from Harry Potter.

When? 26th-28th May 2018 Where? Delapre Abbey, Northampton. Read More

Weston Literature Festival

Weston’s first Literary Festival will take place between Thursday 22nd February and Thursday 1st March 2018.This free week long festival will feature an line up of local authors and range of events including talks, workshops, panel discussions and an anthology reading, as well as a children’s trail. When? Thursday 22nd February and Thursday 1st March 2018.

Where? Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Read More

Faversham Literary Festival

An inaugural literary festival is planned for Faversham in Kent. Author talks and events will take place over the weekend 23rd to 25th February, 2018.

Where? Faversham, Kent When? 23rd to 25th February, 2018

Who? Fionna Melrose, Martin Bell, Deborah Levy + Read more

SHORT STORY CONTEST OPPORTUNITY

In its seventh year, the US-based, Atlantis Short Story Contest, accepts entries from unpublished authors around the world who write their short stories in English and do not exceed the length of 2,500 words.

Founded by a group of editors united by the shared goal of promoting the work of aspiring writers, showcasing their literary pieces, the Atlantis Short Story Contest advances the recognition of writers from around the globe. It is the first and only contest that offers a perceptive critique on every submitted short story as well as a chance to win cash prizes. Deadline is 25th February, so get cracking! READ MORE

Fishbourne Literary Festival

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A day long festival from 10.00am-5.00pm featuring massive book sale, all day catering by one of Chichester's top restauranteurs, Nik Westacott from The Old Greenhouse, with side events including a panel discussion by authors about the difficulties of getting published. All the aforementioned FREE, with day tickets for 4 authors' talks at £20.

When? Saturday, 24th March, 2018 Where? St. Peter's Place and Fishbourne Church at Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 3XT South of the A259, between Apuldram Lane and the Woolpack pub, just off the Fishbourne roundabout on the A27 CHICHESTER by-pass Who? 2018 - Isabel Ashdown, Béatrice Crawford, Margaret Drabble, Adam Mars-Jones. Read More

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Doolin Writers' Weekend - Ireland

Famed for it’s warm welcome and traditional Irish music Doolin has also long been a haunt of artists and writers including J.M Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John and Oliver St. John Gogary. When? 2nd -4th February 2018 Where? Hotel Doolin - Doolin is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland, on the Atlantic coast. Who?The 2018 programme will feature some of the best of Irish Writers such as Patrick DeWitt, Sean O’Reilly, Sally Rooney, Ann-Marie Ní Chuireann, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, John Cummins, Sinead Gleeson, Rob Doyle, EM Reapy, June Caldwell, Doire Press, Kimberley Campanello, Abby Olivera, Raven, James Martyn Joyce, Tramp Press and many more to be announced. Weekend tickets from Weekend tickets from €99. Read more

Alderney Literary Festival

The Alderney Literary Festival is a weekend-long 'boutique' historical literature festival. On the lovely Channel Island of Alderney, biographers, historians, and historical fiction writers get together to discuss new insights into the past and how they interpret history in their works. Small audiences in a salon setting create an intimate and friendly atmosphere for authors and fans to spend the weekend together away from it all on a fortress island in the English Channel. When? 2018 Alderney Literary Festival of Historical Literature will be held on 23rd-25th March 2018. Where? The Festival is held on the lovely Channel Island of Alderney in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Festival events are held in Island Hall, St. Anne. Who? In 2018- Lord Thomas of Gresford Martin Thomas, Antonia Hodgson + Read More

A finalist in the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2016, the Huddersfield Literature Festival is an annual event held every March, which attracts major names and bestselling authors to the town, as well as championing local talent. Audiences can enjoy free family events, comedy, performance poetry, open mic night, LGBT events, multi-arts events (including music and dance), discussion panels and creative writing workshops. The Festival has many free and low-cost events at accessible venues, some with Stagetext subtitling. When? 8th-18th March, 2018 Where? Various, in and around Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Who? 2018 - Harry Gallagher, Carol Irving and Felix Owusu-Kwarteng. Read More

Confirmed February & March 2018 Festivals

Cork International Poetry Festival -14 - 17 February 2018

Doolin Writers' Weekend - 2nd -4th February 2018

Limerick Literary Festival - 22nd - 25th February 2018

Aldeburgh Literary Festival - The 16th Aldeburgh Literary Festival - Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th March 2018 

Alderney Literary Festival - 2018 Alderney Literary Festival of Historical Literature will be held on 23rd-25th March.

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival - 15th -25th March 2018

Ennis Book Club Festival - 2nd-4th March 2018

Essex Book Festival - Throughout March each year

Faversham Literary Festival, 23rd to 25th February, 2018 - Kent

Fishbourne Literary Festival 'Fishbourne Loves Books' - Saturday 24th March, 2018 - West Sussex

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival - March 17 and March 25 2018

Headingley Lit Fest - Rolling series through March

Huddersfield Literature Festival - 8th-18th March, 2018

Jewish Book Week - Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11 March, 2018

lichfield literature - 1 – 4 March 2018

Kings Lynn Fiction Festival - 16-18 March 2018

Stanza: Scotland's Poetry Festival, St. Andrews - Wednesday 7 and Sunday 11 March 2018

Tamworth LitFest - 2nd-8th March, 2018

Weston Literature Festival- 22nd February-1st March, 2018. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

York Literature Festival - 15th March to Monday 26th March 2018, Yorkshire

APRIL 2018

List your author details or get featured>> We get 500,000 unique visitors each year with a social media reach in excess of 3 million to a very specific literary demographic including fellow authors, festival organisers, publishers and the wider book buying public . Read more

FEATURED AUTHORS

Every month we feature a variety of established and upcoming authors. There is an extraordianry wealth of writing talent out there just waiting for us to discover them with the advent of self-publishing giving us a richer choice than ever before. If you would like to be a featured author with a directory entry on the site and social media amplification then please apply via our Authors page.

Riis Marshall

Riis Marshall writes thrillers with contemporary political themes in a style that would interest readers of John le Carré, Nelson Demille and Robert Harris.The first, Nudge Nudge Wink Wink Die was published October 2017. The second, Injured or Seriously Killed is complete and scheduled for release in July 2018. The Dark Triads is in preparation. Read More

DJ Cattrell

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D.J. Cattrell trained as a psychiatric nurse, then as a psychotherapist. He has written plays in various genres as well as articles on the world of biodiesel and the relevance of Shakespeare within modern day management and business. He now devotes his time to writing for children, running a small business, looking after his deaf cat, his wife and two children (New rescue dog called Holly as well!) His other hobby is doing story games workshops for schools and adults just because giggling is addictive. Read More

Annabel Kantaria


In 2013, British expat Annabel won the inaugural Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Annabel went on to secure a three-book contract with Harlequin’s MIRA Books (now HQ Stories at Harper Collins). Since then she’s had three books published, and is contracted to write three more focusing on the darkness that can be found beneath the surface of everyday life – the popular genre that’s been nicknamed ‘domestic noir’. Read More

David Lewis-Hodgson

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David, who was at the forefront of photojournalism during the 60’s & 70’s, abandoned his medical studies to become a photojournalist. He is an award-winning broadcaster and TV presenter and the author of more than 30 books. Read More

FEATURED BOOKS

The Reckoning by James McGee

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Home from the war in America, Matthew Hawkwood’s return to Bow Street is marked by a summons to a burying ground and the corpse of a young woman, murdered and cast into an open grave. At first, the death is deemed to be of little consequence but when Chief Magistrate James Read receives a direct order from the Home Department to abandon the case, Hawkwood’s interest is piqued.

When his hunt for the killer moves from London’s squalid backstreets into the heart of a government determined to protect its secrets at any cost, he realizes his only recourse is to turn to his contacts within the criminal underworld for help.

As the truth behind the girl’s murder emerges, setting in motion a deadly chain of events, Hawkwood learns the true meaning of loyalty and that this time the enemy is much closer to home than he ever imagined… Buy from Amazon - Read more about James McGee's work

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The SeaBean Triology

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SeaBEAN
It’s the year 2018: On the remote Scottish island of St Kilda, Alice and her five schoolmates await the arrival of their new teacher and Alice’sbaby brother. But something else arrives unannounced – the C-Bean – a mysterious device capable of transporting them anywhere in the world. Their thrilling adventures in the C-Bean put their lives at risk as they find answers to their questions have far-reaching consequences. Buy Online

SeaWAR
It’s the year 1918: Left broken and beyond repair after their fateful last trip, the C-Bean is being fixed and gets accidentally sent back in time when Alice performs a reset with the help of its designer, Karla.

Things don’t go exactly as planned, and before they know it Alice, Karla and her new wartime companions embark on a journey through time to unearth some dark secrets from St Kilda’s past, and safeguard the future. Buy SeaWAR Online

SeaRISE
It’s the year 2118: Alice and her schoolmates find they have been abducted to the future in the C-Bean and imprisoned there by its inventor. Realising they must now know too much, yet trapped in a world they no longer understand, can they plan an escape route back to the present before it’s too late and the planet is ruined forever? Buy SeaRISE Online

Hinterland – a memoir

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All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam Laos and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operation in Tibet.

He was the author of three novels, including the classic ‘A Very British Coup’ and his successful campaign to free the innocent people convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings was described ‘as one of the greatest feats ever achieved by an investigative reporter’. These are his memoirs. Buy Hinterland Online -Read more about Chris Mullin

Non-fiction
Error of Judgement – The Truth About the Birmingham Bombings
A Walk-on Part (diaries 1994-99)
A View from the Foothills (diaries 1999-2005)
Decline and Fall (diaries 2005-2010)
Hinterland – a memoir

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