Welcome! Details of 350+ Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and direct links to 60+ in the USA and kev_parker_editor_literary_festivals_ukCanada. Visitors from Australia and New Zealand, I will be incorporating your festivals into the site in the year ahead ( I closed Literary Festivals Australia, hence your unexpected 'redirected') trip through cyberspace). Organisers can update details or send new listing info here. Authors, illustrators and poets are also invited to list their details. Media releases here please. 10,000+ unique visitors each week in season. You are invited to Sign-up for our newsletter. Follow us on Twitter @litfests or Like us on Facebook to keep in the literary loop. Kev Parker - Publisher

February 2016 Festivals...Purbeck, Bath and LSE get the 2016 season underway. February 2016 dates

March & April 2016 Festivals- get your literary year off to a flying start! Forty plus or so to choose from in March and April 2016

The Rise of Literary Festivals- There are over 400 Litfests throughout UK and Ireland. Kev P investigates why they are proving so popular. More

An Invitation to the Dublin Writer's Conference

Weekend conference for writers and those wanting to write, including sessions on writing craft and the new world of indie publishing and promotion.

When? 24th-26th June 2016

Where? Irish Writers Center, 19 Parnell Square N, Dublin, Co. Dublin City, Ireland

Who? Michael Russell, published author & ITV script consultant AD Garrett - aka Margaret Murphy multi published crime writer Conor Kostick, multi published author & historian Debbie Young, Alliance of Independent authors Laurence O'Bryan, founder BooksGoSocial.com & many others! More

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 Andrew Robertshaw

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LSE’s 8th Literary Festival in 2016 theme is Utopias. When? 22 - 27 February 2016. Where? London School of Economics. More

Jewish Book Week - 8 - 29 February 2016


A literary festival in the gorgeous English town of Bath. When? 26 February – 6 March 2016

Who? 2016 - Joan Bakewell, Vince Cable + More


Returning for a 3rd year Purbeck is the first Literary Festival of the new season as far as we can tell. When? February 14- 27, 2016 Where? Purbeck, Dorset. Who? Jill Mansell, Emma Lee Potter, Karen Maitland, Sunny Ormond More


When? Fiction Festival 11-13 March 2016 Who? 2016- Simon Mawer, Sophie Hannah, DJ Taylor, Jonathan Smith, Patricia Duncker, James Wilson More

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Immerse yourself in blacksmith stories, Indian myths, ancient Greek legend, Welsh tales and much much more… Beyond the Border, Wales’ International Storytelling Festival, returns this summer with a magnificent three days of stories and music from Wales and across the world.

The Artistic Director, David Ambrose tells us that the The 2016 festival offers "Epic stories from India, blacksmith tales from around the world, Celtic myth from Wales and Ireland, ancient Greek legends… from transformation tales for adults to fairy tales for kids, there really is something for everyone." Read more

Literary News


Stella Prize longlist: 12 great books by Australian women 10-Feb-2016

The Stella Prize is delighted to announce the 2016 Stella Prize longlist. The Stella P..

Wigtown Poetry Competition and Upcoming Wigtown Events 10-Feb-2016

Dates for your Diary From Wigtown Book Festival ..

Final Call for Laugharne Weekend Tickets 08-Feb-2016

The Laugharne Weekend 2016 - April 1-3 We're down to the final handful of weekend tickets - you'..

Sneak View Winchester Writers' Festival Master Course Programme 08-Feb-2016

Friday 17 June offers a choice of nine different all-day master courses: The Shape of Your..

Chess champion Garry Kasparov and actress Maureen Lipman join the festival 2016 programme 02-Feb-2016

One of the greatest chess players of all time and leading pro-democracy Russian campaigner Garr..

Impressive Author Line-Up New Zealand Festival’s Writers Week 31-Jan-2016

NZ Festival announces distinguished Writers Week line-up Some of the world’s m..

Workshop Canada: How Literary Festivals Work: Programming Demystified for Writers and Publishers 31-Jan-2016

The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) presents: How Literary Fe..



17 days, 750 events, 800 authors, over 40 different countries represented. When? 13-29 August 2016 Where? Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland. More


Founded in 1987. Children's Festival Hay Fever runs alongside. When? May 26- June 5, 2016 Where? Hay-on-Wye, Wales. More


One of the oldest and best loved literature festivals in the world..

Over 100,000 tickets sell for the ten day event. When? 7-16 October, 2016 Where? Cheltenham, Gloucs. More


2016 will be the 20th Oxford Literary Festival and will feature a special programme to mark the anniversary. When? 2 April - 10 April, 2016. More


Get seen online by tens of thousands of festival goers, fellow authors and industry professionals Read more

Featured Literary Journal

Pilcrow & Dagger - (submissions invited) pilcrow_dagger_literary_journal

From the Editors Pen: Pilcrow & Dagger is a literary magazine published 8 times per year with a corresponding website that is a resource for our reading and writing audience. The Editors are inviting submissions for short stories (5000 words max.), essays, and poetry from around the globe for fiction, non-fiction/creative non-fiction, mainstream, horror, humor, fantasy, science fiction, and young adult. If you write a travel, wine, or food blog they accept anecdotes and recipes too. They don’t accept, stream-of-consciousness, fan fiction, erotica, children’s literature, or anything overly religious or political. More information and submission guidelines.

Featured Book

His Own Executioner: The Life of Nigel Balchin by Derek Colletthis_own_executioner_the_life_of_nigel_balchin

Hailed by John Betjeman as ‘one of our dozen readable living writers of genius’, Nigel Balchin was one of the best-known English novelists of the Second World War generation: few writers so tangibly convey the excitement and terror of Blitz-era Britain. Little wonder then that Balchin’s books, among them Mine Own Executioner and The Small Back Room, were seized upon by film-makers of the calibre of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Never previously the subject of a biography, Balchin was not only a brilliant novelist and BAFTA-winning screenwriter: he was also largely responsible for the success of Black Magic chocolates. Yet his alcoholism and tormented love life ensured that his writing became increasingly uneven. Like Patrick Hamilton before him, Balchin drifted into obscurity but his compelling novels continue to be rediscovered by a new generation of fans, including Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes and best-selling author Philippa Gregory. Derek Collett’s groundbreaking biography fills an important gap in the history of twentieth-century fiction and introduces to a whole new generation the novelist whom Clive James once described as ‘the missing writer of the Forties’. Read about the author Derek Collett

Buy His Own Executioner: The Life of Nigel Balchin by Derek Collett (SilverWood Books, 2015) from Amazon

New Festivals in 2016

sidmouth_literary_festivalSun, Sea and Books - Sidmouth Literary Festival

Two days of events in the seaside Regency town of Sidmouth in East Devon.

When? Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June 2016

Where? Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8ND

Who? Salley Vickers, Penelope Lively, Veronica Henry, Robert Goodard, Juliet Barker, Con Coughlin.

Commissioning editors from Penguin Viking and Pan Macmillan at a special session for new writers seeking to get published. Read more chiddingstone_literary_festival

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival

A NEW festival in 2016 for story-lovers of all ages taking place in the glorious house and grounds of Chiddingstone Castle, in the National Trust Tudor village ofChiddingstone in West Kent.

When? 1-3 May 2016 Where? Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone, West Kent

Who? In 2016 - Antonia Fraser , Antony Beevor, Janet Ellis, David Lough, Andrew Lownie (featured below left) ++ Read more

Australian Literary Festivals

Adelaide Festival Writers Week

State: South Australia, Australia

Adelaide Festival Writers' Week, is held each year in the Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens. It brings together writers from around the world and across Australia.

Readers from across the cultural spectrum hear writers discuss fiction, history, biography, religion, economics, culture, the environment, food, film, comics, poetry and picture books. When? Feb 27 – 3 Mar, 2016 Where? Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens, Adelaide, SA Who? Andrew O'Hagan, Andy Griffiths, Annabel Crabb, Kate Grenville, Kerry O'Brien, Paul Kelly + More

Sydney Writers' Festival (SWF) -

State: New South Wales, Australia

SWF is an annual celebration of the written word. It is recognised as one of the world’s finest literary events and is the third largest festival of its kind in the world. It features a diverse mix of events a large number of which are free.

The Festival plays host to nearly 300 local and international writers in some 300 events. A 100,000 plus crowd attends. The list of writers apearing is huge .When? May 16-22, 2016 Where? SWF takes place at various venues across Walsh Bay and Sydney’s CBD, Sydney’s western suburbs and regional NSW. More

Featured Authors

sarah_quill_authorSarah Quill

Sarah Quill, photographer and author, was born in Hampshire, England.  Since 1972 she has worked between London and Venice, building up an extensive photographic archive of Venetian architecture, sculpture and daily life. She has contributed to numerous books, magazines and journals, and her photographs are exhibited widely.

In 2000 her book Ruskin’s Venice: The Stones Revisitedwas published by Ashgate,and became their bestselling art book.

‘Sarah Quill’s Ruskin’s Venice: The Stones Revisited sets her glorious photographs of Venetian buildings alongside extracts and engravings from The Stones of Venice … the book perfectly accords with Ruskin’s spirit.’– Times Literary Supplement.

‘Be warned: this book is very seductive and may entail a journey.’ – The Sunday Times Read More

david_walliamsDavid Walliams

David Walliams, is an English comedian, actor, author, television personality and activist, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on Little Britain, Rock Profile and Come Fly with Me.

Walliams is also a prolific writer of children's books. By the end of 2014, he had sold over 4 million copies. His literary style has been compared to that of Roald Dahl. Read more andrew_lownie_image_credit_nina_hollington

Andrew Lownie

Andrew Lownie has been a journalist, bookseller, publisher and since 1985 a literary agent. He speaks widely at festivals and conferences around the world on different aspects of publishing and how to get published. He is the author of several books including a literary guide to Edinburgh and acclaimed biographies of the writer John Buchan and the spy Guy Burgess. Read More


Dr Barry Blades -independent researcher, writer and speaker specialising in the history of war and education. . More

rankin_ianIan Rankin - is the UK's number one best-selling crime writer. He was the first recipient of the Edinburgh Award and has been awarded honorary doctorates from the Universities of Abertay Dundee, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.More

Catherine Fisher - Sebastian Faulks - Dougie Brimson - Ruth Rendell


David Young's debut novel, Stasi Child is the first of three books in the Oberleutnant Karin Müller series. More


Michael Morpurgo -Morpurgo has a gift for magical storytelling, and his books also often tackle social issues. Out of the Ashes, for example, is about the foot and mouth crisis. His most popular books include Why the Whales Came, which was made into a film starring Helen Mirren; King of the Cloud Forests , which won the Cercle D'Or Prix Sorciere (France); and My Friend Walter and Out of the Ashes. Five books have become films to date.More

 Diane Lucas-Julia Suzuki - Clive Cussler - James Crowden-  Kate Atkinson Ros Weston - 


Nigella Lawson is the British bestselling author and has sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide. More


Hilary Mantel - In 2006, Hilary Mantel was awarded a CBE. Her novel, Wolf Hall (2009), was the winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Walter Scott. A sequel to Wolf Hall, entitled Bring Up the Bodies won the 2012 Man Booker Prize. More

Ian Moore - Angela Young Anne Maria Espasater -Michael Morpurgo C.S.Boag - Jill Dawson- -Carol-Ann Duffy - Jill Dawson - Hilary Mantel -


Andrew Robertshaw - author, military historian,archaeologist, co-presenter Two Men in a Trench. More


Malorie Blackman - writes for all ages of children. Her picture books include I Want a Cuddle! and Jessica Strange and she has written many reader books for early and more confident readers. More

Kev Reynolds - Michael Morpurgo - Ricky Baxter -- Beatrix Campbell -James McGee - Julia SuzikiTessa Harris -   Lucienne Boyce - -Catherine Fisher - - Alison McQueen - DD Johnston - Danielle Steel Sarah Holding -Beatrix Campbell -

Literary Journals

Synesthesia Literary Journal

The editors are dedicated to presenting extraordinary literature — haiku to novels — spotlighting new and established writers and artists. Transcending trends, we offer a literary experience that is multifaceted, fresh and accessible. More details & check out an issue

Blotterature Literary Magazine

Blotterature is an online literary magazine, started in August 2013 by a few Region Rats who came together via The Literary Underground and late night poetry and debauchery.  “Blotterature” is an obsolete term that means non-high-brow literature, or non-elite. More details & check out an issue

The Spire Literary Magazine

The Spire has been a traditional voice for student literary creativity since 1966. The publication includes original poems and short stories submitted by Governor’s students each spring. The student editor selects which stories will be published in the literary publication. Check out an issue


LSE Literary Festival 2015 : High Culture and the Western Canon: has the fightback begun? Speaker(s): Professor Sarah Churchwell, Jonty Claypole, Maya Jaggi, Frederic Raphael Chair: Professor Maurice Fraser

This book talk is part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2015.
Martin Meredith, Jonny Steinberg and Tom Burgis discuss what the future holds for African states.

This roundtable is part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2015. John Kampfner and Katrine Marçal discuss the growing gap between rich and poor and its implications for society, chaired by Professor Ian Goldin.

Edinburgh International Book Festival. The Outlander books by Arizona-based author Diana Gabaldon have achieved sales figures that would make your eyes water. A sell-out and enthusiastic crowd!