May 2015 Edition

Listing 350+ Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 80+ in Australia & New Zealand and 500+ worldwide. Organisers can update details or send new listing info here. Authors, illustrators and poets are also invited to list their details. For upcoming event notification Register for our monthly newsletter. PR people media releases here. Advertising rate card here. Thanks to our 40,000 per month unique visitors for your support. Upcoming book festivals - May 2015 dates | June 2015 | July 2015 Ed: Kev Parker



Now in its 35th year, the Winchester Writers' Festival aims to nurture new and emerging creative writers. This year, the Writers’ Festival takes place on 19 – 21 June with three days of courses, workshops, talks and 750 one-to-one appointments with around 70 literary agents, commissioning editors, best-selling authors and publishing experts. When? 19-21 June, 2015 Where? University of Winchester campus, Hampshire More


NEW IN 2015- NiddFest Literary Festival -Set in the glorious landscape of Upper Nidderdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, NiddFest is a unique new, family friendly festival, offering a weekend of talks and outside events for nature lovers of all ages.

Highlights of the 2015 programme include the opening event, an exclusive evening with the festival’s patron and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales.

Award winning novelist Evie Wyld, whose second novel All The Birds, Singing has hit the short and long lists of every major prize this year, will be speaking on Saturday 25th July in the evening.

Sunday 26th July sees Jackie Bennett, gardener and journalist discussing 20 inspiring gardens created by our most famous writers, followed by TV chef and author Valentine Warner treating festival-goers to a revealing talk on nature’s bountiful larder and its inspiration in the kitchen. That morning will see a foraging event, with edible plants picked from Nidderdale’s hedgerows, to be included in a dish prepared by Valentine at his event. The festival closes with Herdwick Shepherd, James Rebanks, whose tale of life as a shepherd in the Lake District has been one of this year’s literary phenomenons. When? 24-26 July, 2015 Where? Upper Nidderdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales +More


The inaugural Revolving Words Festival of Railway Literature, 23rd-25th Oct 2015, is a delightful innovation that is part of the 25th birthday celebrations of the Wensleydale Railway Association and in support of the Wensleydale Railway.

Given the enormous role that railways have played in our history, plus the sense of pleasure that trains give to so many, this festival is a welcome addition to the literary scene. When? Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th October 2015 Where? Bedale, North Yorkshire More

Festival and Award News

15th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival Author List 22-May-2015

America's 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place Saturday, ..

Canada: Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival Line-Up 22-May-2015

Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival has revealed its lineup of guests for the 2015 festival edition...

US Next Generation Indie Book Award Winners 22-May-2015

The books are winners of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the largest not-for-profit bo..

McCall Smith Wins Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for his novel Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party 21-May-2015

The annual award celebrates books that capture author PG Wodehouse's comic spirit. The novel..

Winner Man Booker International Prize 20-May-2015

Innovative Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai (left) has been announced as the ..

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Announces Launch of #ThisBookClub Campaign 19-May-2015

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the UK's only book award for fiction written by a woman, has ..

The 2015 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year 19-May-2015

On 16 May 2015, at the Gala Dinner at CrimeFest, Bristol, Petrona Award judges, Barry Forshaw, D..

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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

Cornwall: Literary Festival County

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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May 2015 Festivals - go to all May dates

Boswell Book Festival

The Boswell Book Festival is intended to honour the life of one of Scotland's greatest literary lights, James Boswell. When? 8th, 9th and 10th May 2015 Who? Joanna Lumley, world famous crime writer, Ian Rankin, and international best seller, Jung Chang author of Wild Swans + Where? Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire

Bradford Literature Festival -150 author events, panel discussions, workshops and masterclasses the inaugural Bradforford Literature Festival 15-24 May, 2015 Where? Bradford Who? Lauran Child, Afshin Shahi, Claudi Gold, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown+ More

And the rest ...... Aberdeen Writers Festival has morphed in the Aberdeen University May Festival - 29-31 May, 2015. Literary stream.

Brighton Festival - 2nd -20th ish 2015

Chalfont St Giles and Jordans Literary Festival - Biennial - 2016 Festival will take place from 10th-22nd May, 2016

Charleston Literary Festival -May 15 to 25, 2015

Chipping Camden Literature Festival -5th -10th May, 2015-

Crawley Festival of Words 23rd April - May 7th, 2015

Where? Upton Cross,Cornwall Who? Eliot winners David Harsent and Sinead Morrissey+ More

Founded in 1998 The Dublin Writers' Festival, has been renamed the International Literature Festival Dublin. Where? Various locations, Dublin When?  16-24 May 2015 Who?- Claire-Louise Bennett & Christine Montalbetti ++ More 2015 Programme

and then..... Derby Book Festival - 1st May- 7th June, 2015

Derbyshire Literature Festival -8 to 17 May 2015

Finchley Literary Festival - Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th May 2015.

Greenacres Writers' Literary Festival (now Finchley, see above)

Hay Festival -Thursday 21 May through to Sunday 31 May 2015

Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine - 15-17th May, 2015

The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature is the only festival in the UK dedicated to writing about Asia or Asians from the Persian Gulf to the Pacific. When? 7 – 18 May, 2015 Where? London Who?  Xinran, Elif Şafak,  Anuradha Roys, Hwang Sok-yong More

The inaugural Greenwich Book Festival, hosted by the University of Greenwich and with the support of Royal Greenwich Council and the Old Royal Naval College, takes place Friday May 22-Sunday May 24, 2015 in London. Who? Jessie Burton, Viv Albertine, Jon Ronson, More

a few more.....Listowel Writers' Week, County Kerry - 27 May - 31 May, 2015

Middlewich Literary Festival - No vital signs in 2015

Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) - PalFest 2015 will be running from May 23rd to 28th

Poetry-next-the-sea, Wells-next-the-Sea - 8 -10 May, 2015

Prestwich Book Festival - No info on 2015

Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival - 25th April to Sunday, 3rd May 2015

St. Ives Literature Festival - May 9th - 16th 2015

The Fowey Festival of Words and Music has announced its programme of events for 2015 featuring a world-class line-up of authors, speakers and musicians. The week-long festival from Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th May Where? Fowey, Cornwall Who?Patrick Gale, Philip Marsden More

2015 sees the 22nd Swindon Festival of Literature making it one of the older litfests in the country. Talks, readings, and question and answer sessions with authors, performers, and poets, workshops. Where? Lawn Woods, overlooking Swindon, Wilts When? May 4 to 16, 2015 Who? Sandi Toksvig, Rory Bremner, Tony Hawks

and not forget to forget..... Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest - Saturday 2nd May - Sunday 3rd May 2015

Strokestown International Poetry Festival - April 30 – 3 May, 2015

Salisbury International Arts Festival -22 May - June 6, 2015

Ullapool Book Festival -May 8-10, 2015

Telegraph Hay Festival -Thursday 21 May through to Sunday 31 May 2015

Whitlit - Whitsable Literary Festival -9- 17 May, 2015

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

James McGee is an English novelist known for his historical adventure novels about a fictional Bow Street Runner, Matthew Hawkwood. McGee's historical novels are set during the Regency period, when Britain was at war with Napoleon. More

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Vincent Hunt - Christine L Conroy - CS Boag - Clive James - David Pollard -

Networking - Women's friendship website offers the chance to meet other booklovers is a women's friendship site that provides an opportunity to meet other booklovers and perhaps arrange a trip to a literary festival or two. Read More

Canterbury Folk Festival - Midsummer Music in Canterbury

A new weekend music festival in the heart of the beautiful, historical cathedral city of Canterbury. The event will be staged in the lovely Dane John Gardens. More

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