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August | September book festivals

New- Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival

2014 witnesses the inaugural literary festival in the ancient Cumbrian city of Carlisle - and most welcome it is too. Organisers are to be congratulated on pulling together a fine programme for the debut gathering.

We wish them all the very best for 2014 and hope that it is the begining of a strong annual affair. When? Friday 5 -Sunday 7th September Where? Carlisle, Cumbria Who? Hunter Davies, Alan Johnson, Grace Dent, Stuart Maconie, Rory Stewart, Eric Robson, Paul Morley, Sandra Howard, Ben Kane More

The Festival of Writing

Helping talented writers meet the top agents in one huge writers' festival. Fancy pitching your work direct to agents? Then book your place at The Festival of Writing!

If you want to meet Literary agents; if you want to learn new writing skills or understand techniques more clearly; if you want proper Book Doctor feedback on your work from professional authors, and ex commissioning editors; if you want to get together with lots of people who are passionate about writing and be inspired then…You need to be in YORK this SEPTEMBER from 12th – 14th.

For full programme and speaker details then dash to our website. Tickets start from just £175, and that includes meals & refreshments. The organisers hope you will be able to join them and happy writing! When? September 12-14, 2014. Where? York, England. Who? Keynote speakers: Matt Haig and Nathan Filer. Agents: Jo Unwin, Madeleine Milburn, Sallyanne Sweeney, Chris Wellbelove, Louise Lamont and more.

North Cornwall Book Festival

The inaugural event took place in 2013 driven by author and festival Chairman, Patrick Gale. patrick_galeMr G. is seemingly on a mission to make Cornwall a literary destination already acting as a patron of the Penzance Literary Festival and a director of the Charles Causley Trust. Hope he is finding a bit of time in between helping his fellow authors!

The North Cornwall Book Festival is an ever so slightly eccentric three-day feast of books, writing and word-related pleasures, including talks, discussions, workshops and music for all ages and tastes. Sounds marvellous. When? 24 - 26 October, 2014 Where? Daymer Bay and St Endellion, N. Cornwall. Who? Revd Richard Coles; Horatio Clare; Lavinia Greenlaw; Matt Haig; John Crace; Louise Young; Tiffany Murray; Philip Wells, Nina Stibbe. Read More

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival


A 3-day festival celebrating the area's rich literary heritage. Many of the authors come from North London. When? Sunday 14th - Tuesday 16th September, 2014 Who? 2014 Speakers include Charles Spencer among over 80 others. More

The Word - A Day for Writers in Lancashire

Major event for Lancashire writers Tickets are just £20 for the whole day (9.15am-5pm) and the ticket price includes refreshments and a hot lunch.

In 2014 - Joseph Delaney - phenomenally successful ’young adult’ author, who’s first book ’the spooks apprentice’ has been turned into a Hollywood blockbuster due for release in Feb • Best-selling self-published thriller writer Conrad Jones - he’s sharing his online marketing tips and telling us why he turned down a publishing contract • Entrainment from Les Malheureux aka micro-fiction supremos David Gaffney and Sarah-Clare Conlon • Founder of independent publishing house Unthank Books, Robin Jones and Unthank writers Sarah Dobbs and Elizabeth Baines. • Travel writer Alan Whelan, who has just returned from his latest adventures around Africa When? Saturday 20 September 2014 9.15am -4.30pm. Where? The New Continental, Preston, Lancashire More

Wimbledon Bookfest

Great to see see that the event has established itself as an annual affair since it's somewhat tentative first year in 2013. When? 3rd to October 12, 2014 Where? London Borough of Wimbledon. Who? 2014 line-up includes Ian McEwan; Alexander McCall Smith; Brian Moore; David Starkey + More

Shoreham-by-Sea Wordfest: Invisible Threads

From Monty Python to Cambridge Footlights; from BAFTA nominated actress to best-selling debut novelists - it's all to be found in this year's Shoreham Wordfest programme, Invisible Threads.  Wordfest patron, actress Carol Cleveland (photo below by Melissa Buchanan), frcarol_clevelandesh from the Python reunion at the O2 Arena, will share tales from her new autobiography Pom Poms Up! at Wordfest's launch dinner at Shoreham Yacht Club. 

Author John Harvey will talk about the last Charlie Resnick novel, Darkness, Darkness with fellow crime novelist and critic, Peter Guttridge.  John will also perform from his poetry collection, Out of Silence, accompanied by poet Lee Harwood and the John Lake jazz quartet. 

Add to the mix an evening of poetry, humour and anecdote with Francesca Martinez, comedienne talking about her book, What the *** is normal? One of Britain's best loved actresses Prunella Scales in a show devised by Leo Aylen, plus readings by top-selling debut novelists - Lucy Atkins (The Missing One); Jane Lythell (The Lie of You), Eva Weaver (The Puppet Boy of Warsaw). When? 19 Sept to 12 October, 2014 Where? Various venues, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex Read more

Bloody Scotland - Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival

bloody_scotlandAn event that has grown greatly in stature since it's beginings in 2012. The 2014 programme, which runs from 19-21 September at a number of beautiful and historic venues around Stirling, is bigger and more ambitious than ever before, with 37 events and more than fifty of the biggest names in crime fiction descending on Stirling over the course of the weekend. More




For over ten years, Oundle Literary Festival celebrated the love of great literature over a week-long festival in March. This has now changed with a rolling series throughout the year featuring top flight authors.

Upcoming events throughout September and Ocober feature actress and author Katherine Jakeways; author of the Boy in Stripped Pyjama's , John Boyne; Costa Book Award winner, Linda Newberry and BBC veterenLiz Kershaw. Read More

Guest International Festivals

The Iowa City Book Festival is organized by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. Iowa City is one of just seven Cities of Literature in the world (including Edinburgh).

When? 2-5 October, 2014 Where? Iowa City, Iowa, USA Who? In 2014 - Marcus Burke, Edward Carey, James Ellroy, Jane Smiley, Marilynne Robinson, More

2014 sees the 29th Vilenica International Literary Festival, organised by Slovene Writers' Association and Vilenica Cultural Society in Sežana. It will take place between September 2 and September 7 2014 at the Karst region and other venues in Slovenia.

The Vilenica International Literary Festival, a gathering of poets, prose writers, dramatists and essayists, is organized by the Slovene Writers' Association in collaboration with the Cultural Centre Vilenica from Sežana. The festival takes place annually in Lipica and at other venues in Slovenia. More

In Brief

Oscar Wilde Festival - Founded by Sandra Coffey in 2013 this festival dedicated to the work and life of Oscar Wilde is back again for a second time in 2014 - and most welcome it is too for the many of us who adore Wilde's work. .  When? Friday September 5 to Sunday September 7, 2014. Where? Galway, Ireland Who & What? Brendamn Murphy, Eva O'Flaherty: "My Cousin Oscar" with Mary J Murphy, Dr David Clare. More

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

Manx Litfest -  A colourful celebration of the written word – four days of readings, Q&A panels, talks, library events, schools’ involvement, workshops and performance pieces. At the inaugural event in 2012 there were over 50 talks.When? - 24-28 September, 2014 Where? Isle of Man Who? 2014 - Mark Billingham and Martyn Waites, Nicola Morgan, Samantha Shannon. More

The Daily Telegraph Bath Festival of Children's Literature -When? Friday 26 September – Sunday 5 October 2014 Who? 2014 - Michael Morpurgo, Henry Winkler, Benjamin Zephaniah, Dave McKean, Lauren Child, Steve Cole, Sally Green, Marcus Sedgwick, John Birmingham, Michael Rosen, Simon Mayo ++ More

The three-day Wymondham Words festival will revisit the Norfolk market town for the third time from September 19 to 28th, 2014

Award-winning poet Pascale Petit will make his debut at the festival, with fellow poets Joanna Guthrie, Richard Lambert and Laura Scott joining him on stage. Novelist Meike Ziervogel will talk about his portrayal of Magda Goebbels, the wife of Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. More

Featured Authors

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  • First-time author Lily Forbes has published a delightful memoir, Growing up under the Mango Tree’
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Featured - Manchester Literature Festival - The Giant Awakes!

manchester_2011The Giant has Awoken! Manchester Literature Festival, under the direction of Cathy Bolton and Co-Directors Sarah-Jane Roberts & Jon Atkin, have put together a fine programme for 2014 which puts Manchester up there amongst the best in the country.

evie_wyldTriple Hurrah and a field of wildflowers to all. Absolutely appropriate for a City as important as Manchester. Welcome to the national stage with a bang. When? 6th - 23rd November 2014 Where? Various locations, Manchester Who? In 2014 - Sebastian Barry, Com Tobin, Arne Dahl, Cory Doctrow, Simon Armitage, Naoimi Wood, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Peter Blake, Martin Amis, Nick Laird, Meg Rosoff, Michel Faber, Sarah Waters, Hong Ying, Suzzanah Dunne, A.L. Kennedy, Kamila Shamsie, Patience Agabi, Shiela Hancock, Howrad Jacobsen, Jackie Kaye, David Mitchell, Evie Wyld (right), Margaret Drabble, Daljit Nagra + More

emma_bridgewaterHenley Literary Festival - Chi-chi literature festival that always attracts prominent writers and journalists. Big events in an intimate setting for those who like to get up close and personal.

When? September 29 to October 5. Where? Henley-on-Thames hosts this 5 day event Who? In 2014- Paddy Ashdown, Bonnie Greer, veteran agony aunt Irma Kurtz, Sir Christopher Frayling, Jenny Colgan, Emma Bridgewater (left) - More

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival- Words by the Sea- From quiet beginings in 2008 Budleigh has gone from strength to strength. It has attracted a first-class cast for 2014. Artistic Director Sarah-Jane Roberts has guided the event into a solid top ten placing in our list of LitFests around the UK. When? September 18 -21, 2014 Where? In various venues around the town Who? Paddy Ashdown, Mark Watson, Kate Mosse, Claudia Renton, Louise Doughty, Charles Spencer, Daljit Nagra, James Lovelock, Kate Atkinson, Michael Morpurgo,Linda Grant & Sadie Jones, Kate Adie, Hilary Mantel + More

Soho Literary Festival -. Steven Fry speaking on comic writer PG Wodehouse, 'the most industrious, prolific and beneficent author ever to have sat down, scratched his head and banged out a sentence'. Giles Coren, Rachel Johnson, Ian Hislop, Michel Roux, Antonia Fraser and Russell Norman are also among the speakers When? September 24-28, 2014. Where? Soho Theatre, 31 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE More

Bewdley Book Week - Music legend Mo Foster, best selling cookery author Mary-Anne Boermans, local crime writer Gavin Jones, acclaimed author Mary Hamer, inspirational speaker Derek Mills and comedian Richard O. Smith. Ben Howarth's presentation of 100 films to watch before you grow up, complete with film clips and trailers. Sue Brown and the Bewdley Historical Research Group are presenting a fascinating, human, glimpse at the history of Bewdley When? 8 - 12 September 2014 Where? Various venues around Bewdley, Worcestershire. More

asha_at_woodstcokBlenheim Palace Literary Festival at Woodstock - Lead talent this year includes- Richard Dawkins and Alice Roberts. Other names confirmed include the American opera singer Jessye Norman, actress Maureen Lipman and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. Former Conservative cabinet minister Liam Fox will join a panel on Russia, in particular to discuss President Putin, globalisation and possible threats to world peace. When? 24 - 28 September 2014 Where? Alternating each day between Blenheim Palace and the adjoining historic town of Woodstock. More

Wakefield Litfestjackie_kay - This year Lit Fest has grown to 60 plus events with opportunities for everyone, whatever your background or level of experience with books, writing and reading. The theme remains  ‘Everyone Has A Story’, and there is a got a great range of stories lined up – from Joanne Harris and Jackie Kay (right) to Roger McGough, Will Self, Ben Aaronovitch, Mark Thomas, Jo Baker, Leah Thorn and Stuart Maconie, from The Orangery to Sandal Castle, and from poetry to jazz to performance to photography and fiction then back again! When? 19-30 September, 2014 Where? The Orangery , Wakefield, West Yorkshire - More

Words in Walden

A bi-annual Literary Festival, established in 2006, where the organisers offer, over the course of a month, an eclectic mix of topics and viewpoints. Their simple philosophy is to bring together the very best speakers and the very best audiences in intimate spaces where they can really get to know each other, and all can share a very special and memorable experience.

Poets, novelists, philosophers, politicians, historians, biographers, academics, explorers, scientists, medics, musicians, comedians, critics and cooks have all been warmly welcomed by audiences in past years. Words in Warden's aim for the future is to continue to do more of the same, but always exploring new opportunities and ideas.

When? 2nd-30th October 2014 Where? Saffron Walden Nr Cambridge, Essex Who? In 2014- Will Self, Professor Pedro Ferreira, Anna Whitelock,Nixiwaka Yawanawa, 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 21 - March 29. 2015 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. Still the best literary festival in the country? When? Thursday 21 May through to Sunday 31 May 2015 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. 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