kevin_parkerFrom the Publisher

I am taking a break publishing Literary Festivals UK until March 2015 when I will update for the new literary festival year. All the best to all & thanks for the opportunity to have been of service. Kevin Parker

Isle of Lismore Book Week

The Isle of Lismore is ten miles long by about one mile wide lying in Loch Linnhe at the southern end of the Great Glen. Because of this, it has played an important part in the prehistory and history of the West Highlands and Islands and has an ancient and unbroken tradition of Gaelic Culture with a remarkable variety of historical monuments.

The 2014 Book Week is held at the Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre. It has three featured authors this year. James Hunter, author of 'From the Low Tide of the Sea to the Highest Mountain Tops'; Alan Riach, author of 'Arts of Independence'; and Mavis Gulliver, author of 'Cry at Midnight'.

In addition there is a:

  • Writers' Workshop
  • Gaelic workshop
  • Film of Recorded Memories
  • Tobar an Lios Celebration of Food in Books
  • Closing Ceilidh

Looks like a pretty good week to take a highland holiday to us. When? 20-25 October 2014 Where? Heritage Centre Isle of Lismore Oban, Argyll PA34 5UN More

Chorleywood Literary Festival

2014 Chorleywood Literary Festival returns to the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside for the ninth year running, bringing a line-up of international bestselling authors to venues across the region. The week-long programme for the 2014 Chorleywood Literary Festival includes appearances, readings and creative writing workshops from some of the biggest names in contemporary literature.


Literary Leicester Festival

Literary Leicester is an annual literary festival organised by the College of Arts Humanities and Law at the University of Leicester. All of the events are free and held mostly in the evening and at the weekend, attracting big, positive, passionate audiences from across the region.

The event also holds a vibrant Fringe programme, with fascinating talks from our academics, readings by local authors, poetry and musical performance, writing commissions and much more. Offering literary and popular fiction, children’s and young adult events and workshops, biography, history, poetry, politics and performance.

When? November 12 -15, 2014 Where? Various locations, University of Leicester, Leicestershire, UK Who? 2014 : John Banville (right); Penelope Lively, Evelyn Waugh. Read more

London Sports Writing Festival

A four day festival celebrating sports writing with some of the best sports writers and journalists in the UK.When? 23rd-26th October 2014 Where? Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London NW8 8QN Who? In 2014 - Sid Lowe, Jonathan Wilson, Guillem Balague, More.

Isle of Wight Literary Festival 

Speaker from the worlds of acting, journalism and literature will take centre stage at the second Isle of Wight Literary Festival at Northwood House, Cowes, in October.When? 16th to the 19th October, 2104 Who? 2014 includes: SIMON CALLOW, renowned actor, director, author and journalist; ALAN TITCHMARSH, TV presenter and author; SHEILA HANCOCK actress and author; BRIAN ALDISS, the elder statesman of Sci-Fi;  and CHRIS MULLIN More

Bridport Literary Festival

The 10th Bridport Literary Festival takes place this year from Sunday 9 - Sunday 16 November, 2014. Speakers include James Lovelock, AN Wilson, Horatio Clare, Daisy Goodwin - there will also be a day on Crime writing and a day on Travel writing.  Tickets can be bought through the Bridport Tourist Information Centre 01308 424 901 from mid October. 

When? Sunday 9 - Sunday 16 November, 2014  Where? Various venues around Bridport, West Dorset. More

Folkstone Book Festival

A Book, Literary or Literature Festival has taken place annually in Folkestone since 1980. The event is now under the guidance of Curator, Geraldine D'Amico. When? 14 – 23 November 2014 Where? Folkstone, Kent. Who? 2014 - Michael Rosen, Peter Forbes, Clive Alet, Joanna Bourke More

Dublin Book Festival

The Dublin Book Festival is a partnership between DBF and Dublin City Public Libraries and its dublin_book_festivalDublin UNESCO City of Literature office.

The Festival has been programmed by Julianne Mooney,

When? 13 to the 16 November, 2014 Where? Smoky Alley Theatre, Temple Bar Who? 2014 - Dermot Bannon, Francis Brennan, Sinead Crowley, John Kelly, Alice Taylor, Niall Williams In Conversation with Dave Kenny ++ More

Autumn/Winter 2014 Edition -

Currently tracking & publicising nearly 400 Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and nearly 100 more in Australia & New Zealand. Organisers can update details or send new listing info here. Authors, illustrators and poets are also invited to list their details. You are invited to register for our newsletter which provides a brief summary of upcoming festivals. kp

Looe Literary Festival

Cornwall is fast laying claim to the 'Literary Festival County' title. Looe joins Penzance Literary FestivalPort Eliot Festival (formerly known as the Port Eliot Lit Festival), St. Ives, North Cornwall Literary Festival (Daymer Bay and St Endellion), Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, the Chares Causley Festival (Launceston), Fowey Festival of Words and Music (formely the Daphne DuMaurier) and I believe there is a smaller affair at Newlyn each year. Missed any?

Gorgeous Looe has hung it' shingle up as offering a 'celebration of intellectual minds, thought, debate, literature, creativity and creatives' with Cornish hospitality and a breath of fresh Cornish sea air thrown in. Well, it can ertainly be quite bracing in November.

2014 is the inaugural event. The patrons are Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan (right). When? 13th -16th November, 2014 Who? Sir Tim Smit, Richard & Judy, Feern Britton, Sarah Winman ++

St Albans Literary Festival

2014 will see the City's first Literary Festival, presented by local newspaper the Herts Advertiser and sponsored by The Book Midwife, it will be a four-day celebration of story-telling, of every kind: great works of literature, journalistic writing, poetry, non-fiction, copy-writing and blogging will all be included.

St Albans does have some particularly heavy-weight literary boasts. The first draft of the Magna Carta was drawn up in St Albans cathedral; Francis Bacon, scientist and writer, thought by many to be the author of some of Shakespeare’s plays, lived in Gorhambury House; Dickens penned some of Bleak House in the City; and the brilliant scientist and writer Stephen Hawking was educated at the oldest public school in the country, St Albans School, which sits in the shadow of the Cathedral in the City centre.

When? 6th-9th November, 2014 Where? St. Albans, Herts Who? In 2014- Liz Fraser, Tamsyn Murray, Mike Carey, Lucy Saxon, Leigh Russell, James Runcie, Jessica Chivers, Carol Hedges, Anthony Nixon. More

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 (right)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 which Anne Enright has called ‘truth-spilling, uncompromising and brilliant’. Best-selling novelist and author of Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne presents his latest book A History of Loneliness, his first novel to date which is set in his home country of Ireland. ‘Magnificent’ is how The Sunday Times Book of the Year described actress Sheila Hancock’s debut novel, Miss Carter’s War which she will discuss with critic Alex Clark. Read 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

Featured - Manchester Literature Festival - The Giant Awakes!

The 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

Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival

The Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival is back for 2014, featuring an exciting mix of literary figures covering a variety of subjects including history, music, art, politics and war. Highlights from this year’s main programme include esteemed actor Sheila Hancock, journalist Peter Snow, Dr Irving Finkel and much loved British designer Emma Bridgewater. We are also delighted to be hosting hugely popular and local author, Jacqueline Wilson as part of the children and young people’s programme. When? Throughout November Where? Various venues across Richmond and Twickenham Who? 2014 - Irving Finkel, Sheila Hancock, Jacqueline Wilson, Emma Bridgewater, Peter Snow, Simon Barnes, Marc Allum, Lynn Shepherd, Essie Fox, Kate Aidie. 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).
  • 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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Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

aldeburgh_programme_2014Annual Poetry Festival run by the Poetry Trust. Aldeburgh is the UK's pre-eminent annual celebration of national and international contemporary poetry.

 In 2014 60+ events (22 free) featuring 30 poets from all over the world.

In addition to the usual carefully chosen readings, here’s a few instant highlights. How about Poetry & Disobedience? It’s the subject of this year’s main ‘Discussion’ with Finuala Dowling (South Africa), Thomas Lux (USA), Tom Pickard (UK) and Hannah Silva (UK) sharing their thoughts about breaking rules and defying boundaries. Look out also for the ‘Short Takes’ – 15 minute spin-offs in which you’ll find Brian Patten, among others, speaking their mind on poetry’s disobedience factor. In addition to a solo reading, Brian will also be talking with Neil Astley about their shared enthusiasm for a poet who ‘disappeared’ for forty years – Remembering Rosemary Tonks (and celebrating the long-awaited publication of her Collected Poems).

Kathleen Jamie will be leading the Masterclass; there’s a new strand of events called ‘The Process’ – in-depth talks about four aspects of writing: Ellen Doré Watson on translation, Dan O’Brien on poem to play, Tom Pickard on ballads and Hannah Silva on performance; and there’ll be a chance to hear some gems from the BBC archives in Something in the Air: Poetry & Radio, expertly curated by that most poetry-creative of BBC producers Julian May. When? November 7- 9, 2014 Where? Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Read more

Esser Chester Literature Festival

esser_chester_literature_festivalProduced by Chester Performs, the Essar Chester Literature Festival is fortnight long festival which takes place every October and welcomes some of the country’s most loved authors and literary personalities to the City.

In 2014 the festival is marking two great milestones: Firstly, the 175th anniversary of Chester University. -Look out for the return of the popular Uni at the Fest lectures from members of the university teaching staff and a full day at Chester University on Saturday 25th October. Secondly, the 100th birthday of celebrated poet Dylan Thomas. -Visit Thomas’ writing shed and create a new word for the Dictionary of Dylan on the opening weekend and see Glyn Maxwell, Richard Elfyn, Owain Gwynn and Emma Lucia in a unique celebration of Thomas’ work on the last day of the festival, the eve of his 100th birthday.

When? October 10-26, 2014 Where? Chester Town Hall. Chester is in Cheshire in the northwest of England. Who? 2014 Highlights - The festival kicks off with punk-rock legend John Lydon. The former lead singer of the Sex Pistols will be talking about his new autobiography. Meanwhile, Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer will join the line up on Sunday 12th to discuss his new book Killers of the King, about the fates of the men who signed Charles I's death warrant.The 'world's greatest living explorer' Sir Ranulph Fiennes will discuss his new book about the Battle of Agincourt on Monday 13th and politician Paddy Ashdown talks about The Cruel Victory his new book about the French Resistance on Tuesday 14th.Also booked are comic Francesca Martinez and the Guardian columnist Tim Dowling, stand up comedian Mark Thomas, cricket legend Geoffery Boycott and Sheila Hancock. More

Guest International Festival

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


Causes - English Pen

Every year, hundreds of writers and other literary professionals around the world are imprisoned, prosecuted, persecuted, attacked, threatened, forced into exile or even murdered as a result of their work. English PEN’s International Campaigns seek to defend and support these writers and their families, and to help bring about the necessary changes to make the freedom to write a reality around the world. PEN International. Join Enlish Pen today to support this invauable work.

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