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Currently tracking over 350 Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and nearly 100 more in Australia & New Zealand. Organisers can update details or send new listing info here. Authors, illustrators and poets are also invited to list their detaisls.

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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

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

BOOKMARK is the name of the Blairgowrie, Rattray and The Glens community book festival returns for a 2nd time around in 2014 after a near sell-out crowd in 2013. When? 10th-12th October 2014 Where? Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie, Perthshire Who? Fionna Arnstrong, Ron Butlin, Kenneth Cox , Ian McMillan,Glyn Satterley +More

Warwick Words - Festival of Literature and the Spoken Word

An historically rich city hosts a literary celebration with an emphasis on workshops and storytelling. Interactive events such as the slam competition – competitive poetry performance where the audience decides who is best.

Five days this year packed with performances from some of the country’s leading writers, poets and journalists. When? 1 - 5 October 2014 Where? Various venues , Warwick , England Who? In 2014- Wendy Cope, Charles Spencer, Andy Kershaw More

Sherborne Literary Festival

Organised by the Sherborne Literary Society the inaugural festival took place in 2012.

The 2014 line-up includes gardening guru James Wong (who captured the nation’s imagination with his TV programme, Grow Your Own Drugs) and raconteur, Gyles Brandreth. When? October 15th, 2014 Where? The lovely village of Sherborne, Dorset More

Dromineer Literary Festival- Creativity Community Connection

The place to meet writers & artists by the shore of Lough Derg.

When? October 2 -5, 2014 Where? Dromineer is a harbour village on the eastern shores of Lough Derg in Co Tipperary , Ireland Who? 2014 Matthew Sweeney, Mary Noonan, Eileen Sheehan, Doireann Ní Ghriofa, Thomas McCarthy, Kobus Moolman, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Michael Murphy, Liz Nugent, with Maureen Kennelly,Gerald Dawe, Medbh McGuckian, Conor O'Callaghan,Kevin Higgins, Afric McGlinchey, Paul Casey

London Sports Writing Festival

A four day festival celebrating sports writing with some of the best sports writers and journalists in the UK.When? 23rd-26th October 2014 Where? Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London NW8 8QN Who? In 2014 - Sid Lowe, Jonathan Wilson, Guillem Balague, More.

Isle of Wight Literary Festival 

Speaker from the worlds of acting, journalism and literature will take centre stage at the second Isle of Wight Literary Festival at Northwood House, Cowes, in October.When? 16th to the 19th October, 2104 Who? 2014 includes: SIMON CALLOW, renowned actor, director, author and journalist; ALAN TITCHMARSH, TV presenter and author; SHEILA HANCOCK actress and author; BRIAN ALDISS, the elder statesman of Sci-Fi;  and CHRIS MULLIN More

Henley 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 - More

Isle of Lismore Book Week

The Isle of Lismore is  ten miles long by about one mile wide lying in Loch Linnhe at the southern end of the Great Glen. Because of this, it has played an important part in the prehistory and history of the West Highlands and Islands and has an ancient and unbroken tradition of Gaelic Culture with a remarkable variety of historical monuments.

The 2014 Book Week is held at the Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre. It has three featured authors this year. James Hunter, author of 'From the Low Tide of the Sea to the Highest Mountain Tops'; Alan Riach, author of 'Arts of Independence'; and Mavis Gulliver, author of 'Cry at Midnight'.

In addition there is a:

  • Writers' Workshop
  • Gaelic workshop
  • Film of Recorded Memories
  • Tobar an Lios Celebration of Food in Books
  • Closing Ceilidh

Looks like a pretty good week to take a highland holiday to us. When? 20-25 October 2014 Where? Heritage Centre Isle of Lismore Oban, Argyll PA34 5UN 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.

When? 2nd-30th October 2014 Where? Saffron Walden Nr Cambridge, Essex Who? In 2014- Will Self, Professor Pedro Ferreira, Anna Whitelock,Nixiwaka Yawanawa, More

Banbury Literary Live

The one day event presents a line up of authors, speakers, performers and workshops. The whole day’s events are about bringing the community together and igniting a passion for literature. When? Sunday, 5th October 2014. From 10:30am to 6pm More 

Beverley Literature Festival- Wordquake

Situated in the gorgeous East Ridings of Yorkshire with over thirty events for writers and readers of all ages led by some of the finest authors around. A festival for everyone. Look out for events for children and young families. When? October 1-11, 2014 Who? 2014- Kathy Lette, Anya Lipska, Shirley Williams, Sarah Waters, Jeremy Page More

In Brief

The Birmingham Literature Festival- This year’s headline events include Meera Syal talking about her writing, Jackie Kay celebrating National Poetry Day, Roger McGough and Liz Berry bringing their poetry to life, an evening with South African Director, actress and writer Janet Suzman and a day of BBC Radio programme recordings including Poetry Please and With Great Pleasure. 2 When? 2 – 11 October 2014 More

Charmouth Literary Festival,Dorest- Wendy Knee, co-founder of the even , believes tha t everyone can fulfill their creative ambitions. The festival is designed to support, encourage, provide access to writing networks and offer information and advice on self-publishing and beyond.

The event is very much a village affair and the organisers want you to enjoy a day of words and music in a relaxed easy manner, with the added advantage of being located in a beautiful place by the sea. When? Saturday October 4th, 2014. More

Guest International Festival

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literary festival, has announced the first line up of 77 authors set to participate in the 2015 event.

Taking place from 21-25 January 2015 at the historic Diggi Palace, Jaipur, the eighth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will see Nobel Laureate Sir. V. S. Naipaul (pictured right), 2013 Man Book Prize Winner Eleanor Catton, acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi and celebrated American travel writerPaul Theroux take center-stage along with some of India’s leading authors, including prominent Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh, current Man Booker Prize nominee Neel Mukherjee, best-selling novelist Amish Tripathi and celebrated author and translator Arshia Sattar. More

 

Featured Authors

 
 
  • Jill Dawson is the best-selling author of eight novels, including Fred & Edie (short-listed for The Whitbread and Orange Prize) and Watch Me Disappear (long-listed for the Orange Prize).
  • Anna Maria Espsäter is a UK-based, Swedish travel and food writer, covering worldwide destinations, but specialising in Latin America and Scandinavia.
  • Beatrix Campbell is a writer, broadcaster, blogger and playwright – and political activist.
  • Ian Buxton is author of seven books on whisky, He has been working in and around the drinks industry for rather longer than he can remember.
  • Dougie Brimson is author of 16 books covering non-fiction, fiction thrillers and fiction comedy. His novel, The Crew was the most downloaded sports related title of 2012 and 2013
  • First-time author Lily Forbes has published a delightful memoir, Growing up under the Mango Tree’
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Esser Chester Literature Festival

esser_chester_literature_festivalProduced by Chester Performs, the Essar Chester Literature Festival is fortnight long festival which takes place every October and welcomes some of the country’s most loved authors and literary personalities to the City.

In 2014 the festival is marking two great milestones: Firstly, the 175th anniversary of Chester University. -Look out for the return of the popular Uni at the Fest lectures from members of the university teaching staff and a full day at Chester University on Saturday 25th October. Secondly, the 100th birthday of celebrated poet Dylan Thomas. -Visit Thomas’ writing shed and create a new word for the Dictionary of Dylan on the opening weekend and see Glyn Maxwell, Richard Elfyn, Owain Gwynn and Emma Lucia in a unique celebration of Thomas’ work on the last day of the festival, the eve of his 100th birthday.

When? October 10-26, 2014 Where? Chester Town Hall. Chester is in Cheshire in the northwest of England. Who? 2014 Highlights - The festival kicks off with punk-rock legend John Lydon. The former lead singer of the Sex Pistols will be talking about his new autobiography. Meanwhile, Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer will join the line up on Sunday 12th to discuss his new book Killers of the King, about the fates of the men who signed Charles I's death warrant.The 'world's greatest living explorer' Sir Ranulph Fiennes will discuss his new book about the Battle of Agincourt on Monday 13th and politician Paddy Ashdown talks about The Cruel Victory his new book about the French Resistance on Tuesday 14th.Also booked are comic Francesca Martinez and the Guardian columnist Tim Dowling, stand up comedian Mark Thomas, cricket legend Geoffery Boycott and Sheila Hancock. More

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

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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