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Winchester Writers’ Festival for Aspiring and Working Writers

When? 17 - 19 June, 2016 Where? University of Winchester campus, Winchester, Hampshire

Now in its 36th year, the Winchester Writers’ Festival supports new and emerging creative writers. Its three day programme includes 17 all-day workshops and 28 talks on all aspects of the writer’s craft and getting published. Speakers are top literary agents, commissioning editors or authors, and attendees can book up to four one-to-one appointments for feedback on their work and a commercial appraisal. More

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Whitlit - Whitstable Literary Festival

From poetry to crime, memoir, music, art, history, film, pop culture, coastal inspired events and everything in between. When? 11-15 May 2016 Where? Horsebridge Centre, & Whitstable Library, Whitstable, Kent. Who? Joanne Harris, Martin Bell, Anne de Courcy, Polly Vernon, 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, AD Garrett - aka Margaret Murphy,Conor Kostick, Debbie Young, Alliance ofIndependent authors, Laurence O'Bryan + Read more

wrexham_carival_of_wordsWrexham Carnival of Words

The Carnival of Words is a festival to promote reading and writing across the Wrexham area and its communities. When? Saturday 7th May - Saturday 14th May 2016. Where? Glyndwr University (Wrexham), Wrexham Libraries and various comunity-based venues in the Wrexham area. Who? 2016 - Clare Mackintosh, Martin Edwards, Anthony McGowan, Marie Anne Cope, Robert Low, Anne O’Brien, Andy Seed, Lindsey Davis, Lucienne Boyce, Jasper Fforde Read More



Set on the edge of the Black Mountains alongside the Wye in the famed book town of Hay, HowTheLightGetsIn has a magical location. You can join a debate about the nature of the universe with the world's top scientists, laugh until your sides hurt with the UK's best comedians, dance by the river to the finest beats, dine with speakers in Open Platform events or indulge yourself with four course long table banquets. With over 700 events, the range, choice and depth of the programme at HowTheLightGetsIn is unmatched. When? 26th May - 5th June 2016 Where? Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales Who? Natalie Bennett, Roger Scruton, Owen Jones, Frank Wilczek, Ken Livingstone, alongside hundreds of other speakers, and a full music lineup. 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. 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." When?   1-3 July 2016 Where? St Donats Castle, on the Vale of Glamorgan Coast, nr Cardiff. Just 1/2 an hour from the M4 .Read more

Sun, 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? Penelope Lively, Veronica Henry, Robert Goodard, Juliet Barker, Con Coughlin. Read more

Borders Book Festival

When? 16th – 19th of June, 2016 Where? Harmony House, Melrose, Scotland Who? 2016 - A packed programme of events for all – Jonathan Dimbleby will talk about a wonderful new book, Evelyn Glennie, the world’s greatest percussionist performs a groundbreaking new work, Sara Pascoe will make us laugh when she talks about her new book Animal, and hours before lockdown, the great Phill Jupitus finds a Melrose-sized gap in his diary and he will join us in the magic garden at Harmony House in Melrose. Gregor Fisher and Frederick Forsyth will be there with their new autobiographies. The European Union referendum happens only 4 days after the festival and the debate will have contributions from Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg, Jim Sillars and Michael Forsyth. More

Crossing the Tees

Crossing The Tees, is organised by library services across the Tees Valley including Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Darlington. Frances Brody, Jenny Colgan and Stuart Cosgrove are just a few of the celebrated authors who will be giving talks on their books and share their writing experiences. When? 10 – 25 June, 2016 Where? Various locations throughout the Tees Valley More

Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine

The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine is the first ever literary festival in Ireland dedicated to the celebration of food and wine. The programme features national and international authors, chefs, foragers, educators, wine experts, gardeners, publishers, TV presenters, bloggers and journalists. When? 20-22nd May, 2016 Where?Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co.Cork, Ireland. More


Azi Ahmed Author - Worlds Apart: A Muslim Girl with the SAS

By the age of twelve, Azi Ahmed( left) had been fully trained in all the skills her mother thought necessary to become azi_ahmedthe perfect housewife: knitting, sewing and sitting pretty. Little did she know that a rather different sort of training lay in her future.

With no military experience, physically slight and, before entering Chelsea Barracks, socially isolated, Azi suddenly finds herself in selection training with eleven other girls and 200 men, all hoping to become part of the British Army’s most elite fighting force – the SAS. She soon realises the physical challenge is the least of her worries.

Her book, 'Worlds Apart' is the incredible true story of the most violent of culture clashes, of one woman’s fight not only to be ‘the best of the best’, but to remain true to herself in the process. Read more about the author Azi Ahmed


fiona_gibsonFIONA GIBSON is the author of 10 top-selling romantic comedy novels. Focusing on the joys and frustrations of everyday family life, her books have gained her a loyal and enthusiastic following. She is currently published by Avon, an imprint of Harper Collins. From July 2016 Fiona launches a new three-book Avon series, starting with The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane, writing as Ellen Berry. As a children’s author, writing as Fiona Foden, she has published four novels for the 9-12 age range with Scholastic. She has also written a parenting memoir, The Fish Finger Years (Hodder), about the chaotic early parenting years, and is working on a follow-up about the teenage stage.  More sue_hampton_author

SUE HAMPTON is the author of over 25 books with 5 publishers, for children, teens and adults, across genres. e

leslie-tate_authorLeslie Tate completed a Masterclass with the University of East Anglia Creative Writing School and has an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College, London University. Shortlisted for the Bridport, Geoff Stevens and Wivenhoe Prizes, he runs a stand-up club, a mixed-arts show and a poetry group. His book, Purple, published by Magic Oxygen, is the first in a literary trilogy.  More

Kate Hewitt/Katharine Swartz is the author of over 40 books of romance and women’s fiction, and in addition to hitting the USA Today bestseller list she has been nominated for several writing awards.kate_hewitt_katharine_swartz

An American ex-pat, she has lived in a variety of places, from New York City to the far reaches of rainy Cumbria. She has worked as a teacher, a waitress, a secretary, and now resides at a boarding school in the Cotswolds where she and her husband are houseparents. She has five children between the ages of three and eighteen, so life is always interesting! More

 BORE HOLE by  Joe MellenThis is the story of how I came to drill a hole in my head to get permanently high.” Educated Eton and Oxford University – then went off the rails – dropped out and entered the alternative culture wrote “Bore Hole” in 1970 – tried to find a publisher for 45 years ... finally succeeded in 2016. More

‘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. More

Catherine Hokin's debut novel, Blood and Roses brings a feminist perspective to the story of Margaret of Anjou More

Michael Morpurgo -Morpurgo has a gift for magical storytelling, and his books also often tackle social issues. More

Malorie Blackman - writes for all ages of children. More



FRANCE- St Clementin Bilingual LitFest

A bilingual literary festival held in the heart of rural France that sounds absolutely charming. A cultural exchange between English & French authors. When? 24 - 26 June 2016 Where? St Clementin, 79150 Voulmentin SW France Who? In 2016 - Lemn Sissay (right), Patricia Duncker, Gavin Bowd,Roisin McAuley More

ROMANIA - The Transylvanian Book Festival

Join writers talking and exploring in Transylvania, the beautiful country that inspires their work. Surrounded by beech and oak forests and the tranquillity of this great medieval landscape. Oh. It is conducted English by the way with excellent guides on hand! When? 8-11 September 2016 Where? Richis,Transylvania Who? 2016 - Anouk Markovits, Alan Ogden, Bronwen Riley Bob Gibbons, Georgina Godwin, Jessica Douglas-Home Jonathan Levi, Julie Dawson + Read more


It's All In Your Head By Suzanne O'Sullivan Wins £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize 2016 02-May-2016

Consultant neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan has been awarded the Wellcome Book Prize 2016 for It's All..

The Folio Prize Foundation Announces The Folio Academy Sessions At The British Library 02-May-2016

The Folio Prize Foundation and the British Library are pleased to announce The Folio Academy Session..

Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards 2016 30-Apr-2016

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced the list of Notable Books (a..

Farewell to Cowbridge Book Festival 28-Apr-2016

Since 2011 The Cowbridge Book Festival has been pleased to offer followers of the Festival a var..

Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards: Call for Entries 24-Apr-2016

Australian authors, poets, illustrators and historians could share in a total of $600,000 in tax..

Charlotte Wood Wins $50,000 Stella Prize 24-Apr-2016

The winner of the 2016 Stella Prize is Charlotte Wood for her novel The Natural Way of Things. ..

Crime Writers Festival -‘Slaughter in Southwold’. 18-19 June, 2016 14-Apr-2016

Southwold Library will again be running the ‘Slaughter in Southwold’ festival this s..



NiddFest Literary Festival -Celebrating Nature In Writing

NiddFest’s goal is to inspire a greater love of nature and books in audiences young and old. Venues vaupper_nidderdalery from remote churches, a barn café in a hilltop sheep farm, a riverside children’s tent and the festival hall in the market town of Pateley Bridge. Many talks are linked to outdoor events in the dale, den building, wild swimming, stargazing, bird and wood walks and much more. When? 5-7 August, 2016 Where? Upper Nidderdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. 30 mins from Harrogate, with rail links to mainline stations of York and Leeds. Who? 2016 LINE UP Carol Ann Duffy, Christine Walkden, Tony Juniper, Brambly Hedge and Kathryn Williams to headline at the third NiddFest literary festival. More

Graham Greene International Festivalgrahma_greene_author

An annual four day festival devoted to the works and life of the writer Graham Greene (1904-1991). The event includes formal talks by experts in the subject and well known personalities, discussion groups,films of Greene's work, interviews and social events. Where: Venues in central Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (Greene King Beer Country!) When: 22 September - 25 September 2016 Who? 2016 - Broadcaster and writer Jim Naughtie, Former Politician and Peer Lord (Roy) Hattersley, Emeritus Professor of English Cedric Watts, Greene's daughter Caroline Bourget and his nephew Nicholas Dennys, author Vincent McDonnell, Professor Judith Adamson, Professor Carlos Villar Flor . More