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Autumn Edition 2015

A bumper selection 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.



Literary Leicester is among the city’s leading annual festivals of the written and spoken word. Now in its eighth year, the festival brings together a wealth of award-winning and renowned writers from many different fields. A vibrant and dynamic fringe events also offer fascinating insights into research at the University, present local authors and works in performance, showcase new writing commissions, and much more. Between events, there is a chance to meet the writers, buy books and have them signed, catch a coffee or a glass of wine, and browse the exhibitions in the award-winning University Library. When? November 11 -14, 2015 Where? Various locations, University of Leicester, Leicestershire, UK Who? 2015- Louis de Bernières Linton Kwesi Johnson Caryl Phillips Bruce Robinson Raving Beauties David Almond. Read More

Man Booker Prize for Fiction Winner: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James has been named as the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. 

marlon_james_2015_booker_prize_winnerThe 44-year-old, now resident in Minneapolis, is the first Jamaican author to win the prize in its 47-year history. 

A Brief History of Seven Killings is a 686-page epic with over 75 characters and voices. Set in Kingston, where James was born, the book is a fictional history of the attempted murder of Bob Marley in 1976. Of the book, the New York Times said: ‘It’s like a Tarantino remake of “The Harder They Come”, but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner...epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.'

Referring to Bob Marley only as ‘The Singer’ throughout, A Brief History of Seven Killings retells this near mythic assassination attempt through the myriad voices – from witnesses and FBI and CIA agents to killers, ghosts, beauty queens and Keith Richards’ drug dealer – to create a rich, polyphonic study of violence, politics and the musical legacy of Kingston of the 1970s. James has credited Charles Dickens as one of his formative influences, saying ‘I still consider myself a Dickensian in as much as there are aspects of storytelling I still believe in—plot, surprise, cliffhangers’ (Interview Magazine).

This is the first Man Booker Prize winner for independent publisher, Oneworld Publications.Read More - Buy A Brief History of Seven Killings

Petworth Festival Literary Weekend

Now in it's 5th year this child of the 30 year-old Petworth petworth_literary_weekendFestival goes from strength to strength under the guidance of Director Stewart Collins.

Five days of insight, stimulating discussion and entertainment in the company of leading authors and public figures as they talk about their books, answer questions and sign copies of their work. Authors from across fiction, history, current affairs, the natural world and children’s literature. Not to mention the Festival’s annual Winter Concert. When? 2015 Literary Weekend 4 - 8 November Where? Various venues throughout Petworth, West Sussex Who? 2015 - John Suchet, David Starkey, Andy McNab, Terry Waite, + Read more

Literary Kitchen Festival - Peckham

When? 12-18 October 2015 Where? Various venues throughout Peckham, London, SE15 5PY

Highlights for 2015 include: A launch event championing innovative fiction in association with the Goldsmiths Prize with readings from Natasha Soobramanien & Luke will_eavesWilliams, Jonathan Gibbs and Will Eaves (pictured). Award winning writer and performer A L Kennedy reads from her new novel Serious Sweet. Writer-in-Residence Thomas Darby, who invites you to make contact during the week of the festival to make new work. A new Peckham Writing Map with free walks and talks – a great chance to meet other local writers. A debut author spotlight with readings from Natasha Pulley, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, (Bloomsbury, 2015) Continued read More

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

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


‘SCRIBE’ - Middlewich Literary Festival

The new Middlewich Vision ‘SCRIBE’ Middlewich Literary Festival 2015 is a one week event that is taking place from the 12th until the 17th October. Created and organised by a team of volunteers, the festival is a week long celebration of all things books, writing and creative expression which features talented local authors and artists, talks, workshops and some distinguished guests including singer and author Miles Hunt from the Wonderstuff.

The event has been made possible through the generous support of Middlewich Town Council, Cheshire East Council and Plus Dane Housing. When? 12 - 17 October 2015 Where? Middlewich, Cheshire. UK Who? 2015 - Miles Hunt, Author and Lead Singer in the Wonderstuff Catherine Green, Author John Lindley, Poet and Author John Kirk, Professional Storyteller Joanna Collie. Read more

Black Hut Festival of Writing, Music & Film- Hastings black_hut_festival_of_writing_hastings

Annual festival of writing, film and music held annually since 2012 in Hastings Old Town organised by Etruscan Books. When? October 28 - November 11th, 2015 Who? In 2015 - SHIRLEY COLLINS, BRIAN CATLING, TIMOTHY NEAT, JESSICA PUJOL, ANDREW KOTTINg . More

SO: To Speak - Southhampton's Festival of Words

SO: To Speak is Southampton's first Festival of Words. Over 10 days it involves top class writers, poets, storytellers, theatre, song, half-term children's activities, workshops and a Writers Day. Supported by the Arts Council, Literature Works and Apples and Snakes is launching new works about local legend Bevis and the Spitfire, and holding competitions and exhibitions. The event is also hosting the city's first Persian cultural Festival. When? 23rd October 2015 - 1st November 2015 Where? Various venues throughout Southampton Who? In 2015 - Philip Hoare, Amanda Prowse, Ali Sparkes, Claire Fuller, Emma Hooper, Mo Foster, Ray Monk, Calum Kerr, MJ Arlidge. 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

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Festival and Award News

Judges Announced for UK Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 14-Oct-2015

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is the UK's most prestigious annual book award for fiction wri..

Kirstin Innes's Fishnet Wins The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize 2015 14-Oct-2015

Kirstin Innes's acclaimed debut novel about sex workers in Scotland, published by Glasgow-based inde..

London China Book festival to Launch 14-Oct-2015

LONDON CHINA BOOK FESTIVAL will be launched on 19 October 2015 to celebrate the visit of the Preside..

Man Booker Prize for Fiction Winner: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James 14-Oct-2015

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James has been named as the winner of the 2015 Man B..

Henley Literary Festival Enjoys Record Crowds 12-Oct-2015

Chi-chi literature festival that always attracts prominent writers and journalists. Big events i..

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hillindon_-literary_festivalHillingdon 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 moremelvyn_bragg

Dulwich Literary Festival

Festival Director, Sheila O'Reilly, has pulled together a fine 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 Brag g(right), Helen Lederer. More

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival (Ham & High)

In 2015 the Ham & High Literary Festival had moved to a new venue - South Hampstead High School. Fifty events, four days, one amazing festival. And everything for the adult and young book-lover. When? Friday 13 - Monday 16 November, 2015 Where? South Hampstead High School 3 Maresfield Gardens London NW3 5SS Who? : Andrew Marr, Deborah Moggach Lisa Jewell, Booker-Prize nominee Stephen Kelman, Melvyn Bragg and Iain Pears + Read more

Featured Authors -

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David Edward Williams (born 20 August 1971), known as David Walliams, is an English comedian, actor, author, television personality and activist, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch shows Little Britain, Rock Profile and Come Fly with Me.

Since 2012 Walliams has been a judge on the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent. He wrote and starred in to series of the BBC One sitcom Big School, playing the role of chemistry teacher Keith Church.

Walliams is also a prolific writer of children's books. By the end of 2014, he had sold over 4 million of these and has been described as "the fastest growing children's author in the UK": his literary style has been compared to that of Roald Dahl. He has been the star-turn at literary festivals alll over the world. Read more

Gabriel Chanan

Gabriel Chanan is a social policy researcher and writer on community engagement and development, and on literature. He also writes and directs plays. His new book Shakespeare and Democracy (Troubador, Oct 2015) is the basis for a compilation about Shakespeare’s politics, Shakespeare Rattle’n’Roll, at the Windsor Fringe in Sept 2015 ( and gabriel_chanonelsewhere.

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Shakespeare and Democracy by Gabriel Chanan, Troubador, Oct 2015
Shakespeare’s vision of how societies hold together or break apart is startlingly relevant today. Democracy faces new challenges at a global level. It needs renewed sustenance from Shakespeare’s critique of unaccountable power.

Chanan argues that Shakespeare’s treatment of social and political issues is a developmental journey, from chauvinism and sensational violence to individual and collective human responsibility. READ MORE

This highly readable treatment, abundantly illustrated by the plays, gives the essential historical context succinctly and confronts prevalent theory with a light touch.

A pleasure to read...A breath of fresh air in the unventilated atmosphere of contemporary Shakespearean scholarship
– Christopher Mulvey, Emeritus Professor of English,
University of Winchester

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

University of East Anglia International Literary Festival- The 2015 Autumn Literary Festival is taking place between 23 September - 18 November

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 - 3-11 October, 2015

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

University of East Anglia International Literary Festival- The 2015 Autumn Literary Festival is taking place between 23 September - 18 November

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

University of East Anglia International Literary Festival- The 2015 Autumn Literary Festival is taking place between 23 September - 18 November

Wimborne Literary Festival -2015 TBC


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