Cornwall the 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. LiteraryFestivals.co.uk's Kevin Parker gives an overview of the Cornish Literary Calendar. Read more

Purbeck Literary Festival

The first Purbeck Literary Festival took place in 2014 and it is returning for a 2nd year in February 16 - March 1 in 2015 - welcome back. It's dates makes it the first Literary Festival of the new season as far as we can tell.

Venues across the district including village halls, schools, country pubs, cafes and hotels, will support the festival, which organisers hope will become a regular date on the festival scene. When? February 16 - March 1, 2015 Where? Venues across the district Purbeck, Dorset. More

LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival: 2015 Theme is 'Foundations' 

LSE’s 7th Literary Festival in 2015 will explore the foundations of knowledge, society, identity and literature, as well as those of LSE itself in our 120th year. They are reflecting on some of the important anniversaries taking place this year, whilst also celebrating an idea at the heart of LSE, encapsulated in their motto, "to understand the causes of things".When? 23 to 28 February 2015 Who? 2015 Programme - Featured Authors Elif-Shafak; Andrew O'Hagan; Ali Smith; Raja Shehadeh; Anne Fine; WillSelf; More

Daunt Books Festival

The inaugural event took place in 2014 organised by Daunt Books, one of London's leading travel and literary bookshops. A delightfully potent line-up in 2014 resulted in a successful affair - a fine way to keep independent book shops front and centre.

The event will be back again for a welcome 2nd year in 2015. When? Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March, 2015 Where? Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High St, London W1U 4QW More

Bath Literature Festival

A literary festival in the gorgeous English town of Bath presenting a mix of local, national and international writers. Starting in 1995, the Bath Literature Festival has become a well established ten days of literary events, encompassing writing in all its forms. The festival is fast gaining a reputation for presenting the very best in local, national and international writers to an ever-increasing audience. The Festival takes place in late February/early March in Bath city centre. When? February 27 - March 8, 2015 Where? Various venues in Bath City Centre, County Somerset, England

The Aldeburgh Literary Festival

The event is run by The Aldeburgh Bookshop which has been in business for nearly 60 years. The owners, John and Mary James, took on the shop in 2000 . In April 2005 they won a 'Nibby' (the Oscar of the booktrade) for Independent Bookshop of the Year at The British Book Awards. Impressive. When? The 14th Aldeburgh Literary Festival. The dates for next year's Festival are Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March 2015. Where? Aldeburgh, Suffolk. More


Founded in 1998, it is held each March in St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university town.

The festival is an opportunity to engage with a wide variety of poetry, to hear world class poets reading in exciting and atmospheric venues, to experience a range of performances where music, film, dance and poetry work in harmony, to view exhibitions linking poetry with visual art and to discover the part poetry has played in the lives of a diverse range of writers,musicians and media personalities. The simple intention of StAnza is to celebrate poetry in all its many forms.

Themes for StAnza 2015 will be Unfinished Business, and an Archipelago of Poetry.

In the first, mindful of the famous Valéry quote  that ‘a poem is never finished…’, the focus will be on poetry as a creative process, including editing, translation, collection, selection and collaboration in traditional and experimental poetics, as well as poetry engaged with the unfinished business of daily life.

The second theme embraces poetry which is coastal, tidal and ‘insular’, while also considering how as poets and festivals or organisations, we exist not only as individual islands, but rather as part of an Archipelago of Poetry. Where? St Andrews, Fife, Scotland When? 4 - 8 March, 2015 More

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Cambridge Literary Festival (Winter)

The festival once known as Cambridge Winter Wordfest and the seasonal sister of the spring event Cambridge Literary Festival (formely Cambridge Wordfest) held in April. When? November 30th, 2014 Where? Cambridge at the historic ADC Theatre and the University's McCrum and Babbage lecture theatres Who? The winter line-up this year includes: festival patron Ali Smith reading from How to be Both, recently long-listed for the Booker Prize. Eimear McBride (winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize and Goldsmith’s Prize) will talk about her spellbinding novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing Read more

Port Eliot Festival

The Port Eliot Festival, formerly known as the Port Eliot Lit Festival, features an eclectic mix of writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians and claims to be "one of GBs most original, magical, bohemian, bookish, colourful, musical and comic festivals" - fair call. When? July 30th -August 2nd, 2015 More

Chagword - Dartmoor's Literary Festival in Chagford

The inaugural festival weekend ran from 15-17 March 2013, and its successor is slated for 13-15 March 2015.

Chagword aims to establish Chagford as a focus of literary excellence by attracting high quality speakers, nurturing and showcasing local writing talent, and providing new opportunities for local people to experience literature in direct, accessible and dynamic ways.

The event received an Arts Council of England grant in October 2014 ensuring a 2015 programme. When? 13- 15th March, 2015 Where? Chagford, Dartmoor More

Huddersfield Literature Festival

Huddersfield Literature Festival supports and showcases established and emerging writers, side by side. The festival is passionate about the reading experience, offering new events for adults, children and, readers' groups. The festival is organised in association with the English department of the University of Huddersfield.

The 2015 Director is Michelle Hodgson. When? 5-15 March 2015, with a theme of 'Into the Future. Where? Various locations around Huddersfield. Events are usually planned at The Peacock Lounge, Huddersfield University, the Media Centre and the Lawrence Batley Theatre. 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 2-11, 2015 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? 15– 31 August, 2015. More