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Greenwich Book Festival returns for its fifth year in 2019 on June 13-16, with a lineup of leading fiction, non-fiction, independent, emerging and children's authors. Headlining is Michael Palin, festival goers will be exploring activism with Billy Bragg, listening to the Woolwich laureate Bernadine Evaristo, learning about bias with Caroline Criado-Perez, showcasing the New Daughters of Africa anthology, welcoming English PEN, hearing about Tracey Thorn’s suburban adolescence, paying tribute to the late Andrea Levy, laughing with Paul Ewen.

Children will be cast under Cressida Cowell’s spell at the festival finale, learn about kindness from Axel Scheffler, solve mysteries with Robin Stevens or Sharna Jackson, play quidditch at the Harry Potter Party, get creative at our workshops, revel in Roald Dahl’s Rotsome and Repulsant words, learn Beano tricks. Free creative workshops for children and adults. Read More


The Buckingham Literary Festival is four day gathering of authors, poets, dramatists and commentators with over 20 events all in the charming market town of Buckingham. From politics to poetry, from history to current affairs, comedy to crime - there is something for everyone.When? June 14th – 16th, 2019 Where? The Radcliffe Centre, Buckingham, MK18 1EG Who? 2019 - Louis de Bernieres, Elif Shafak, Luke Jennings, Conn Iggulden, Terry Waite, Nick Hewer, Harry Baker, Kathy Slack+ Read More



Whitlit, the Whitstable Literary Festival, takes place by the sea in one of the prettiest towns in the country. When? 8-17 May 2019 Where? Whitstable, Kent Who? Lynda La Plante, Terry Waite, Lord David Owen, Killing Eve, Luke Jennings, Alan Johnson, James Runcie plus many local authors from Julie Wassmer, John McGhie, Margaret Pemberton, Kevin Davey and Katie May. Read More


Darlington Arts Festival 2019 incorporating the Writers Festival

A large part of this year’s annual Darlington Arts Festival is dedicated to writers, both new and existing, with a variety of events taking place across all four days. When? Friday 17 May to Monday 20 May, 2019 Who? John Dean, Tracey Iceton, Ann Cuthbert, Peter King, Sue Chapman, Mike Jarvie, Bennet House Writers Read More


Now in its second year, the 2019 Montgomeryshire Literary Festival (Monty Lit Fest), will take place in the stunning and historic setting of Gregynog Hall, near Newtown. As with last year’s inaugural Festival, the event celebrates authors with personal and literary links with Wales and the Welsh borders, featuring a line up of leading authors including Horatio Clare, Sir Simon Jenkins and Clare Mackintosh. When? 14th - 16th June 2019 Who? Horatio Clare, Sir Simon Jenkins, Clare Mackintosh, Myfanwy Alexander, Simon Baynes, Tom Bullough, Peter Caddick-Adams, Gwen Davies + Read More


2019 witnesses the 10th anniversary of the Penzance Literary Festival, congratualtions to all involved in the journey this far! A comfortable gathering offering a range of workshops, author talks and entertainment at affordable prices.The event brings you the light and the dark; the past and the present; the local and the exotic - all centred, this year 2019, on the theme Borderlines. When?  From July 3rd-6th, 2019 Where? The Acorn Theatre and other venues in the centre of Penzance, Cornwall Who? 2019 - Tim Pears, Kate Clanchy, John Harvey ++ Read More



Celebrating a seventh year in 2019, BeaconLit is a one-day event that combines a high quality literary festival with an intimate village atmosphere. When? Saturday, July 13 2019 Where? Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire. Who? Robert Dawes, Leigh Russell, Jane Wenham-Jones, Quentin Bates++ Read More


Now in its seventy-first year (2019), Swanwick Writers' Summer School is a week-long programme for writers of all ages, abilities and genres. Featuring courses, workshops, guest speakers, panels and optional one-to-one sessions and much more. Appearances this year include Sophie Hannah, who will be taking you through what makes a dream author that publishers want to work with. Prices from £485 for a fully inclusive week. When? 10-16 August, 2019 Read More



The FREE annual literary festival in east London. Run by the Libraries Pen to Print programme, ReadFest has been running in local libraries since 2011. Featuring the best of local, national and international writers. This free programme of events is not to be missed. When? Monday 9 to Friday 27 September 2019 Where? London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Libraries. Read More


Salisbury Literary Festival is a festival for readers and writers. The line-ups are predominantly fiction-based to put authors, rather than celebrities, front and centre. When? 18-20 October 2019. Read More


INAUGURAL TRING BOOK FESTIVAL -For ten days in November, the Hertfordshire market town of Tring will be transformed into a literary lover’s dream as the community welcomes a selection of the world’s finest writers. When? Friday 8th to Sunday 17th November 2019 Where? Tring, Hertfordshire. (Various venues). Read More


The Wantage Literary Festival is a collection of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. When? 26th October - 2nd November, 2019 Where? Various Venues around Wantage (Oxfordshire) Who? 2019 - Pam Ayres, Lord David Owen, Crystal Rasmussen, Peter Stamford, Mary Loudon, Johnny Ball, Ossian Ward+ Read More


A bi-annual gathering, 2019 witnesses the sixth Lavenham Literary Festival. There is a Festival Dinner with Ruth Jones scheduled followed by literary talks including fiction, non-fiction, history, biography, crime writing, poetry and how to get published. There is also a Creative Writing course on offer. Lavenham itself, with its Guildhall – heralded as the finest example of a timbered building of the period in the UK – and 300 listed buildings in a village with a population of under 2000, offers some outstanding hotels, restaurants, shops, and galleries. When? 15 - 17 November 2019, (biennial in odd years)Where? Lavenham, West Suffolk Who? 2019 - Ian McEwan Ruth Jones Pam Ayres Kate Mosse Tracy Borman Andrew Lownie John Higgs + Read More

Literary Festivals May 2019

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BIG LIt- The Stewartry Book Festival  - Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland - 2 - 5 May, 2019 

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival , West Kent - May Bank Holiday weekend Sunday Sunday 4th - Tuesday 7th May 2019

Darlington Arts Festival 2019 - incorporating the Writers Festival, Friday 17 May to Monday 20 May, 2019

Guernsey Literary Festival - Next festival - 1st-6th May, 2019

Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival -Spring Festival: 28th April-5th May 2019

Whitlit - Whitsable Literary Festival Wise Words Festival - The fifth WhitLit will take place from 8-17 May 2019, Canterbury, Co. Kent


Bare Lit Festival - A Festival for Writers of Colour - London - May 3rd-5th, 2019

Barnes Children's Literature Festival, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th, 2019 - London

Bath Festival - Friday 17 May – Sunday 26 May 2019

BIG LIt- The Stewartry Book Festival  - Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland - 2 - 5 May, 2019 

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival - 24 - 26 May 2019

Boswell Book Festival - 10 - 12 May 2019

Brighton Festival - May 2019

Charleston Literary Festival - 2019 - 17-24th May

Cheltenham Poetry Festival- 25 April – 4 May, 2019

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival , West Kent - May Bank Holiday weekend Sunday Sunday 4th - Tuesday 7th May 2019

Chipping Camden Literature Festival -7-11 May, 2019

Crimefest - Bristol -9th-12th May 2019

Darlington Arts Festival 2019 - incorporating the Writers Festival, Friday 17 May to Monday 20 May, 2019

Delapre Festival of Books - 9th-12th of May, 2019

Fowey Festival of Words and Music -10-18th May, 2019

Guernsey Literary Festival - Next festival - 1st-6th May, 2019

Hay Festival - 23 May—2 June 2019

Hexham Book Festival - Friday 26th April to Sunday 5th May, 2019

HowTheLightGetsIn -24th to 27th May 2019 - Powys, Wales - Arts festival with comprehensive literary component

International Literature Festival Dublin - 17th to Sunday 26th of May, 2019

Newcastle Poetry Festival - 1- 4 May 2019

Pontypridd Children’s Book Festival - Gŵyl Lyfrau Plant Pontypridd - Saturday, 18 May 2019 from 10:00-17:00 

SEA FEVER - North Norfolk's Festival of Poetry + Prose -10th,11th & 12th, May 2019 (previously called Poetry-next-the-sea, Wells-next-the-Sea which ran from 1997 to 2017)

Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest - May Bank Holiday Weekend. Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019 

Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival -Spring Festival: 28th April-5th May 2019

Strokestown International Poetry Festival -2nd-6th May, 2019 (usually first weekend in May)

St. Ives Literature Festival - 2019 May 11th - 17th. (Usually the middle week in May)

Swindon Festival of Literature - 6th – 19th May 2019

Salisbury International Arts Festival - 24 May - 9 June 2019

Ullapool Book Festival - 10 to 12 May, 2019

Whitlit - Whitsable Literary Festival Wise Words Festival - The fifth WhitLit will take place from 8-17 May 2019, Canterbury, Co. Kent

Wrexham Carnival of Words -  27th April -4th May, 2019


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S.A.Harris is an award-winning author and family law solicitor born in Suffolk and now living and working in Norwich, Norfolk. She won the Retreat West Crime Writer Competition in 2017. She was shortlisted for The Fresher Prize First 500 Words of a Novel Competition in 2018 and published in their anthology, Monsters, in November 2018. Her debut novel, Haverscroft, will be published on the 15th May 2019. Read more + contact details to book S.A. (Sally) Harris for your festival


Andy McConnell is probably the world’s most-published author/writer about glassware, from ancient to modern. He was the first glass specialist recruited to BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow & is about to start his 15th series.  His most recent book, The Decanter, Ancient to Modern, tells the history of glassware from a ‘decanter perspective’. 535 pages, 165,000 words & 3,000+ examples illustrated [ACC, November 2018]. Read more + contact details to book Andy for your festival


Sumner La Croix is Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of Economics at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa and a research fellow with the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. His research focuses on the economic history of Hawai‘i, property rights in land in frontier economies, and intellectual property rights in the Asia-Pacific region. La Croix’s new book, Hawai‘i: Eight Hundred Years of Political and Economic Change, was published by the University of Chicago Press in March 2019. Read more + contact details to book Sumner for your festival.


Shalini Bhalla-Lucas is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, speaker, teacher/trainer and the founder of Just Jhoom! – a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness programme. Shalini her first book Always With You – A true story of love, loss…and hope became a No 1 Amazon Bestseller. Online Dating @ 40 – The Nobheads, Nutjobs & Nice Guys Shalini’s second book was published in February 2019. Read more + contact details to book Shalini for your festival


Stan Abbott, who writes his fiction under the name Stan L. Abbott, began his career as a journalist in York and has written for many national and regional newspapers and magazines.The Episode is his first novel. Read more + contact details to book Stan for your festival


Erica Wolfe-Murray is a force to be reckoned with. Dubbed by national media and clients as the ‘Delia’ of business she is renowned for her smart and savvy approach to innovation and problem solving. She is author of Simple Tips and Smart Ideas. Read more + contact details to book Erica for your festival


Chrys Salt MBE is a poet with roots deeply planted in the theatre. She has produced four full poetry collections and four pamphlet collections and has performed on Radios 3 and 4, and, performed readings across the world. In-between she is the Director of BIG LIT The Stewartry Book Festival. Read more about Chrys + contact details to book her for your festival


Justin Newland crafts his stories to entertain, inform and speculate. He writes historical fiction with a supernatural twist. His work explores the zeitgeist of our times, the underlying narrative to every culture. Read More+ contact details to book Jusin for your festival


Joanne M. McCarron is the exciting new Australian author of the critically acclaimed children’s fairy tales The Singing Stone (2014) and The Kaleidoscope (2015),the first two books in her Silvery Elms series as well as the author of two historical novels, A Harp of Truest Tone (2013) and Coventina’s Well (2019). Read More+ contact details to book Joanne for your festival


Wendy Buonaventura is a writer and dancer whose work explores cultural myths about women. Her shows (many of them offshoots of her books)  have been seen internationally, including at the Paris Institut du Monde Arabe and Sadlers Wells, London. Read More + contact details to book Wendy for your festival


Andrew Shaw is former BBC reporter who gave it all up to travel to China to study the craft of jade carving. He has become a gold medal winning master carver and now lives with his wife in the city of Suzhou where they run a tea house and jade gallery. His book, Jade Life: An Englishman’s love affair with China's national treasure tells his fascinating story. Read More. Contact details to book Jade for your festival

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June Literary Festivals

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Greenwich Book Festival, London - June 14th-15th, 2019

Montgomeryshire Literary Festival (Monty Lit Fest) - Montgomeryshire - 14th - 16th June 2019

Winchester Writers’ Festival -14-16 June, 2019

Balham Literary Festival - 13th-25th June 2019

Belfast Book Festival - 7th - 16th June 2019

Beyond the Border - Wales International Storytelling Festival - (Biennial in even years) -Next festival 2020 TBC

Bold Strokes LGBTQ Book Festival, Nottingham. June 1st-2nd 2019

Borders Book Festival - 28th – 7th July, 2019

Bradford Literature Festival- 28th June– 7th July, 2019

Broadstairs Dickens Festival - 21st – 23rd June, 2019

Buckingham Literary Festival - June 14th – 16th, 2019

Cambridge Literary Festival- Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June 2019

Charles Causley Festival - Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June 2019

Chalke Valley History Festival - 24th - 30th June 2019

Charles Causley Festival - Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June 2019

Fesitval of Chichester -  15 June to 14 July, 2019

Crossing the Tees: Middlesbrough and Stockton Book Festival - 8th-22nd June, 2019 -

Dalkey Book Festival - 13th - 16th June 2019 

Derby Book Festival - 31 May - 8 June 2019

Eastbourne Book Fest - Bieennial. 2019 TBC

Felixstowe Book Festival -27th June 30th June, 2019

Greenwich Book Festival, London - June 14th-15th, 2019

Hay Festival - 23 May—2 June 2019

Hinterland- Festival of Literature and Art - Kell, Ireland - 27th-30th June, 2019

Hebden Bridge Festival - 21st-30th June 2019

Howth Midsummer Literary Arts Festival, Ireland - 2019 TBA

Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing -June 12- 16, 2019

Kibworth Book Festival - Rolling events through June - Leicestershire. 2019

Listowel Writers' Week, County Kerry - 29th May to 2nd June 2019

Manchester Childrens Book Festival - Rolling series all year-round. Family day in mid-June

Montgomeryshire Literary Festival (Monty Lit Fest) - Montgomeryshire - 14th - 16th June 2019

Proms at St Jude's Music and Literary Festival (Hampstead, London)- 22 June - 30 June 2019

RS Thomas Literary Festival - Aberderon, North Wales - June 20 – 23, 2019

Sidmouth Literary Festival - East Devon - Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June 2019

Stoke Literary Festival - 6 June to 8 June 2019

Stoke Newington Literary Festival - 7th-9th June, 2019

Tiverton Literary Festival -2019 TBA looks in doubt. Looking for a new team to organise the event

Winchester Writers’ Festival -14-16 June, 2019

Wimpole History Festival- Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June 2019


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