Welcome! Details of 350+ Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and direct links to 60+ in the USA and kev_parker_editor_literary_festivals_ukCanada. Visitors from Australia and New Zealand, I will be incorporating your festivals into the site in the year ahead ( I closed Literary Festivals Australia, hence your unexpected 'redirected') trip through cyberspace). Organisers can update details or send new listing info here. Authors, illustrators and poets are also invited to list their details. Media releases here please. 10,000+ unique visitors each week in season. You are invited to Sign-up for our newsletter. Follow us on Twitter @litfests or Like us on Facebook to keep in the literary loop. Kev Parker - Publisher

February 2016 Festivals...Purbeck, Bath and LSE get the 2016 season underway. February 2016 dates

March & April 2016 Festivals- get your literary year off to a flying start! Forty plus or so to choose from in March and April 2016

The Rise of Literary Festivals- There are over 400 Litfests throughout UK and Ireland. Kev P investigates why they are proving so popular. More

Literary News

Final Call for Laugharne Weekend Tickets 08-Feb-2016

The Laugharne Weekend 2016 - April 1-3 We're down to the final handful of weekend tickets - you'..

Sneak View Winchester Writers' Festival Master Course Programme 08-Feb-2016

Friday 17 June offers a choice of nine different all-day master courses: The Shape of Your..

Chess champion Garry Kasparov and actress Maureen Lipman join the festival 2016 programme 02-Feb-2016

One of the greatest chess players of all time and leading pro-democracy Russian campaigner Garr..

Impressive Author Line-Up New Zealand Festival’s Writers Week 31-Jan-2016

NZ Festival announces distinguished Writers Week line-up Some of the world’s m..

Workshop Canada: How Literary Festivals Work: Programming Demystified for Writers and Publishers 31-Jan-2016

The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) presents: How Literary Fe..

Penzance Literary Festival Inviting Author Submissions for 2016 30-Jan-2016

Submissions are now open! 'The friendliest of Litfests' in 2014; 'friendlier than ever' in 2015, acc..

Barnes Children's Literature Festival Back for Second Year 28-Jan-2016

The Barnes Children's Literature Festival will be returning to southwest London for its second year ..

Richmond Literature Festival: Artist invited to submit work inspired by Woolfs and The Hogarth Press 28-Jan-2016

2016 open opportunities for artists at the Riverside Gallery, Richmond run by Orleans House Gallery,..

Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award Winners 28-Jan-2016

A book shop manager, two posties, a journalist and a library assistant are among the 11 recipients o..

Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 -The Stats 28-Jan-2016

The ninth edition of Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (ZeeJLF) ended in Jaipur on Monday 25th January,..

Children's Book Wins £30,000 UK Costa Book Award 27-Jan-2016


Dundee International Book Prize Inviting Submissions 26-Jan-2016

The Dundee International Book Prize, one of Scotland's leading prizes for unpublished authors, has i..

Featured Literary Festival - Chiddington Castlechiddingstone_literary_festival

Featured Journal Pilcrow & Dagger


Featured Author

 Malorie Blackman

2016 First Crop


A literary festival in the gorgeous English town of Bath. When? 26 February – 6 March 2016

Who? 2016 - Joan Bakewell, Vince Cable + More


LSE’s 8th Literary Festival in 2016 theme is Utopias. When? 22 - 27 February 2016. Where? London School of Economics. More

Jewish Book Week - 8 - 29 February 2016


Returning for a 3rd year Purbeck is the first Literary Festival of the new season as far as we can tell. When? February 14- 27, 2016 Where? Purbeck, Dorset. Who? Jill Mansell, Emma Lee Potter, Karen Maitland, Sunny Ormond More


When? Fiction Festival 11-13 March 2016 Who? 2016- Simon Mawer, Sophie Hannah, DJ Taylor, Jonathan Smith, Patricia Duncker, James Wilson More



17 days, 750 events, 800 authors, over 40 different countries represented. When? 13-29 August 2016 Where? Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland. More


Founded in 1987. Children's Festival Hay Fever runs alongside. When? May 26- June 5, 2016 Where? Hay-on-Wye, Wales. More


One of the oldest and best loved literature festivals in the world..

Over 100,000 tickets sell for the ten day event. When? 7-16 October, 2016 Where? Cheltenham, Gloucs. More


2016 will be the 20th Oxford Literary Festival and will feature a special programme to mark the anniversary. When? 2 April - 10 April, 2016. More


Get seen online by tens of thousands of festival goers, fellow authors and industry professionals Read more

Featured Literary Journal

Pilcrow & Dagger - (submissions invited) pilcrow_dagger_literary_journal

From the Editors Pen: Pilcrow & Dagger is a literary magazine published 8 times per year with a corresponding website that is a resource for our reading and writing audience. The Editors are inviting submissions for short stories (5000 words max.), essays, and poetry from around the globe for fiction, non-fiction/creative non-fiction, mainstream, horror, humor, fantasy, science fiction, and young adult. If you write a travel, wine, or food blog they accept anecdotes and recipes too. They don’t accept, stream-of-consciousness, fan fiction, erotica, children’s literature, or anything overly religious or political. More information and submission guidelines.

New Festivals in 2016

sidmouth_literary_festivalSun, 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? Salley Vickers, Penelope Lively, Veronica Henry, Robert Goodard, Juliet Barker, Con Coughlin.

Commissioning editors from Penguin Viking and Pan Macmillan at a special session for new writers seeking to get published. Read more chiddingstone_literary_festival

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival

A NEW festival in 2016 for story-lovers of all ages taking place in the glorious house and grounds of Chiddingstone Castle, in the National Trust Tudor village ofChiddingstone in West Kent.

When? 1-3 May 2016 Where? Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone, West Kent

Who? In 2016 - Antonia Fraser , Antony Beevor, Janet Ellis, David Lough, Andrew Lownie (featured below left) ++ Read more

Planning Ahead


Immerse yourself in blacksmith stories, Indian myths, ancient Greek legend, Welsh tales and much much 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.

Set on the majestic Glamorganshire coast, in a fairy tale castle, Beyond the Border is a feast of storytelling, poetry, music, singing, theatre, circus, films and much more.

The 2016 festival will offer more stories and more experiences than ever before,” says Artistic Director, David Ambrose. "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." Read more

Australian Literary Festivals

Adelaide Festival Writers Week

State: South Australia, Australia

Adelaide Festival Writers' Week, is held each year in the Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens. It brings together writers from around the world and across Australia.

Readers from across the cultural spectrum hear writers discuss fiction, history, biography, religion, economics, culture, the environment, food, film, comics, poetry and picture books. When? Feb 27 – 3 Mar, 2016 Where? Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens, Adelaide, SA Who? Andrew O'Hagan, Andy Griffiths, Annabel Crabb, Kate Grenville, Kerry O'Brien, Paul Kelly + More

Sydney Writers' Festival (SWF) -

State: New South Wales, Australia

SWF is an annual celebration of the written word. It is recognised as one of the world’s finest literary events and is the third largest festival of its kind in the world. It features a diverse mix of events a large number of which are free.

The Festival plays host to nearly 300 local and international writers in some 300 events. A 100,000 plus crowd attends. The list of writers apearing is huge .When? May 16-22, 2016 Where? SWF takes place at various venues across Walsh Bay and Sydney’s CBD, Sydney’s western suburbs and regional NSW. More

Featured Authors

andrew_lownie_image_credit_nina_hollingtonAndrew Lownie

Andrew Lownie has been a journalist, bookseller, publisher and since 1985 a literary agent. He speaks widely at festivals and conferences around the world on different aspects of publishing and how to get published.

He is the author of several books including a literary guide to Edinburgh and acclaimed biographies of the writer John Buchan and the spy Guy Burgess. Read More

david_walliamsDavid Walliams

David Walliams, is an English comedian, actor, author, television personality and activist, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on Little Britain, Rock Profile and Come Fly with Me.

Walliams is also a prolific writer of children's books. By the end of 2014, he had sold over 4 million copies. His literary style has been compared to that of Roald Dahl. Read more


Dr Barry Blades -independent researcher, writer and speaker specialising in the history of war and education. . More

rankin_ianIan Rankin - is the UK's number one best-selling crime writer. He was the first recipient of the Edinburgh Award and has been awarded honorary doctorates from the Universities of Abertay Dundee, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.More

Catherine Fisher - Sebastian Faulks - Dougie Brimson - Ruth Rendell


David Young's debut novel, Stasi Child is the first of three books in the Oberleutnant Karin Müller series. More


Michael Morpurgo -Morpurgo has a gift for magical storytelling, and his books also often tackle social issues. Out of the Ashes, for example, is about the foot and mouth crisis. His most popular books include Why the Whales Came, which was made into a film starring Helen Mirren; King of the Cloud Forests , which won the Cercle D'Or Prix Sorciere (France); and My Friend Walter and Out of the Ashes. Five books have become films to date.More

 Diane Lucas-Julia Suzuki - Clive Cussler - James Crowden-  Kate Atkinson Ros Weston - 


Nigella Lawson is the British bestselling author and has sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide. More


Hilary Mantel - In 2006, Hilary Mantel was awarded a CBE. Her novel, Wolf Hall (2009), was the winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Walter Scott. A sequel to Wolf Hall, entitled Bring Up the Bodies won the 2012 Man Booker Prize. More

Ian Moore - Angela Young Anne Maria Espasater -Michael Morpurgo C.S.Boag - Jill Dawson- -Carol-Ann Duffy - Jill Dawson - Hilary Mantel -


Andrew Robertshaw - author, military historian,archaeologist, co-presenter Two Men in a Trench. More


Malorie Blackman - writes for all ages of children. Her picture books include I Want a Cuddle! and Jessica Strange and she has written many reader books for early and more confident readers. More

Kev Reynolds - Michael Morpurgo - Ricky Baxter -- Beatrix Campbell -James McGee - Julia SuzikiTessa Harris -   Lucienne Boyce - -Catherine Fisher - - Alison McQueen - DD Johnston - Danielle Steel Sarah Holding -Beatrix Campbell -

Literary Journals

Synesthesia Literary Journal

The editors are dedicated to presenting extraordinary literature — haiku to novels — spotlighting new and established writers and artists. Transcending trends, we offer a literary experience that is multifaceted, fresh and accessible. More details & check out an issue

Blotterature Literary Magazine

Blotterature is an online literary magazine, started in August 2013 by a few Region Rats who came together via The Literary Underground and late night poetry and debauchery.  “Blotterature” is an obsolete term that means non-high-brow literature, or non-elite. More details & check out an issue

The Spire Literary Magazine

The Spire has been a traditional voice for student literary creativity since 1966. The publication includes original poems and short stories submitted by Governor’s students each spring. The student editor selects which stories will be published in the literary publication. Check out an issue


LSE Literary Festival 2015 : High Culture and the Western Canon: has the fightback begun? Speaker(s): Professor Sarah Churchwell, Jonty Claypole, Maya Jaggi, Frederic Raphael Chair: Professor Maurice Fraser

This book talk is part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2015.
Martin Meredith, Jonny Steinberg and Tom Burgis discuss what the future holds for African states.

This roundtable is part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2015. John Kampfner and Katrine Marçal discuss the growing gap between rich and poor and its implications for society, chaired by Professor Ian Goldin.

Edinburgh International Book Festival. The Outlander books by Arizona-based author Diana Gabaldon have achieved sales figures that would make your eyes water. A sell-out and enthusiastic crowd!