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September book festivals

Isle of Wight Literary Festival

In its third year in 2014 Programme Director, Maggie Hanbury, has pulled togther a strong cast.

This year's event will be held from 16th -19th October at Northwood House, St Mary’s Church and the Trinity Theatre in Cowes. There are also a number of fringe events to be held in and around the town. When? 16th to the 19th October, 2104 Who? 2014 includes:  Simon Callow - Sheila Hancock - Jay Rayner - Charles Spencer - Katie Price- + read 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

North Cornwall Book Festival

patrick_galeThe inaugural event took place in 2013 driven by author and festival Chairman, Patrick Gale. Mr 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. 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

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

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

Featured -The Graham Greene International Festival

The Graham Greene International Festival is an annual four-day event of conference papers, informal talks, question and answer sessions, films, dramatised readings, music, creative writing workshops and social events.

It is organised by the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust, and takes place in the writer’s home town of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, on dates as close as possible to the anniversary of his birth. Its purpose is to promote interest in and study of the works of Graham Greene.

Festival Director, Dr Frances McCormack, has put together a strong programe for 2014.

Among this years highlights: Thursday 25th Sept. The Festival 'Gathering' will start with a film supper in the Town Hall at 5:15, where there will be a showing of Loser Takes All (1956; directed by Ken Annakin, and starring Glynis Johns, Rossano Brazzi, and Robert Morely).

On Friday 26th September, The Quiet American (2002; directed by Phillip Noyce, and starring Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, and Do Thi Hai Yen) will be shown in the Civic Centre.

On Saturday 27th September, the prolific British filmmaker, Stephen Woolley (producer of The End of the Affair, 1999) will join Quentin Falk (right) in conversation for the launch of Mr Falk’s book, Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene.

Over a sandwich lunch, a book club will meet to discuss Monsignor Quixote, A Burnt Out Case and Stamboul Train. On the same day, Judith Adamson will speak on Reflections.

Throughout the weekend, there will be many fascinating talks on topics such as Greene and Psychoanalysis, his literary influence in Japan, his travels in Mexico and the Congo, and his interviews. 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

In Brief

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

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

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

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

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

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).
  • Dr Michael Leach has been a full-time wildlife author and photographer since 1977. He has written 24 books on subjects ranging from big cats and owls to great apes and bears.
  • 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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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

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

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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