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Greenwich Book Festival


Greenwich Book Festival, returns for its fourth year, on June 15-16, with a lineup of leading fiction, non-fiction, independent, emerging and children's authors, participating in talks, showcases and hands-on workshops.

Intimate in scale, grand in setting, the two-day event, hosted by the University of Greenwich under the Royal Greenwich Festivals banner, takes place in the historic Thameside buildings and grounds of the Old Royal Naval College.

When? June 15-16 2018 (with pre-festival events on various dates)Where? Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London Who? The 2018 adult line-up includes Diana Evans, Mick Herron, Eley Williams, Blake Morrison, Nina Stibbe, Alex Pheby, Dolly Alderton, Toby Litt, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Lucy Mangan, Chris Difford, Bryony Gordon, Paula McLain and Lissa Evans. We have two of the biggest stars of the YA scene, Angie Thomas and Patrick Ness, joining us. Our kids’ line-up is lovely, including Philip Ardagh, Elissa Elwick, Okido, Matt Carr, Lissa Evans, Leigh Hodgkinson, Robert Starling, Ged Adamson, Neill Cameron and Fabi Santiago. Read More

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Buckingham Literary Festival is a three day Festival 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 – 17th, 2018 Where? The Radcliffe Centre, Buckingham, MK18 1EG Who? 2018 - Ben Okri, Frederick Forsyth, Chris Patten, Tim Marshall, Andrew Adonis, Antonia Fraser, Mark Billingham, Belinda Bauer, Tim Bentinck, Edward Stourton, John Bercow, Tom Bower, Craig Brown, Emma Byrne, Castle Theatre Company, Keri Davies + Read more

Swanwick Writers' Summer School

Now in its seventieth year, 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, it offers you the opportunity to learn new skills, explore your creativity, perform your poetry, sing, act, dance, laugh, or even write. Prices start from £475 and the cost includes full board and evening entertainment. For aspiring writers between 18-30 there is the opportunity to apply for a place on the Top Write scheme at the heavily subsidised price of £100. When? 11 - 17 August 2018 Where? Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire Read More

North Cornwall Book Festivaljoanne-trollope

A 'small but perfectly formed' literary festival on the rugged North Cornish coast, offering talks, workshops, exhibitions, family events, school' days, concerts, readings, bookshop, café, and bar. When? 4 - 7 October 2018 Where? St Endellion, Cornwall. PL29 3TP Who? 2018 - Anne Enright, Joanna Trollope (right), Nina Stibbe, Patrick Gale, Jill Murphy, Natalie Haynes. Read More

BeaconLit - The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing

In its sixth year in 2018, BeaconLit is a one-day event that combines a high quality literary festival with an intimate village feel. Entirely staffed and run by volunteers, the festival raises funds for the Beacon Villages Community Library that serves the villages surrounding the Ivinghoe Beacon landmark in the heart of thee beautiful Chiterns. When? 14 July 2018 Where? Brookmead School High Street Ivinghoe Buckinghamshire LU79EX ,United Kingdom Who? In 2018 Mark Billingham, Carole Matthews, Tony Klinger, Mary Lynn Bracht, Vicky Newham, Lydia Syson, Dave Sivers, Martyn Waites, Morgen Bailey, Sue Benwell+ Read More

Ryedale Book Festival

This summer this friendly book festival's events in the historic market town of Malton explore the concept of a journey from almost every conceivable angle. Featuring some of the UK's best travel and nature writers the compact programme also includes craft workshop, traditional storytelling, and events for children including the opportunity to enjoy a 6 mile ramble in the beautiful Ryedale countryside taking in a traditional agricultural show. When? 29th June - 1st July Where? Malton , Ryedale area, Yorkshire Who? Christina Lamb and Emma Jane Kirby, Adrian Mourby, Mike Unwin, Rachel Hore, Raynor Winn, Max Adams and Sian Anna Lewis. Read More

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Newark Book Festival encourages young readers with largest children’s programme ever 05-Jun-2018

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Australia's Most Prestigious Literature Prize Longlist: Miles Franklin Literary Award 2018 01-Jun-2018

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2018 Stroud Book Festival dates, new Festival appointments and Writing competition 30-May-2018

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Free Entry Hursley Park Book Fair Featuring 45 Authors and Editors 30-May-2018

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Liverpool Literary Festival

After a successful inaugural event in 2016 the Liverpool Literary Festival returns for a second outing in 2018. A weekend of discussions, readings, workshops and debates will take place in one of the most dynamic culturally vibrant cities in the world hosted by the University of Liverpool.

The 2018 line-up includes Sir Tony Robinson, Val McDermid , Frank Cottrell Boyce, Colm Tóibín, James Naughtie, Claire Tomalin and Fiona Sampson, amongst other well-known literary figures. When? 19-21 October 2018. Read More

Wantage Literary Festival

Originally a celebration of all things Betjeman, the Wantage Literary Festival is now a collection of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. Held during the October school holiday, the festival is dedicated to promoting the written (and spoken) word in all its forms. The Festival is organised by a Festival Director (Victoria Luker in 2018) and run by a team of local volunteers. In addition to the main Festival week of events we also run a lively charitable schools’ programme.When? 20-27 October 2018 Where? Various Venues around Wantage (Oxfordshire) Who? Miles Jupp, Diarmuid Gavin, Sam Willis & James Daybel,l Tracy Borman, Nick Cope, Keggie Carew, Max Hastings, Di Atkinson, Tim Radford + Read More

Althorp Literary Festival

The Althorp Literary Festival is a unique and intimate celebration of the written word which takes place against the backdrop of one of England’s most beautiful, private, historic houses. The event always features a good speaker line-up and the Festival Director, Kim Mundy, has once again booked some fine talent for 2018. There will also be pop-up shops, a variety of food and drink choices and an on-site spa service. Where? The Stables, Althorp, Northampton , England NN7 4HQ When? 5th, 6th & 7th October, 2018 Who? -Bernard Cornwall, Paula Byrne, Helen Castor, Peter Frankopan, Simon Jenkins+ More


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Hastings Literary Festival Short Story Competition
1,500 words on theme 'Conquest'. First Prize: £200 to spend with Retreat West (Courses, retreats and critiques). Other prizes for runner-up and commended. Entry fee £5. Closing date 30th June 2018.  

Hastings Literary Festival Crime Novel Competition
For novels up to 90,000 words in any style. Writers must be unpublished in Crime genre but may be published in others.  Send synopsis plus first 3 chapters.  First Prize: publication by Crooked Cat Books plus £150 and trophy. Runner-up £100 and trophy. Entry fee £10. Closing date 31st May 2018.

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Every month we feature a variety of established and upcoming authors. If you would like to be a featured author with a directory entry on the site and social media amplification then please apply via our Authors page.

Rochelle Poktar (pictured left)

Author of ‘The Arithmetic of Breasts and other stories’ and ‘Four Degrees of Separation’, Rochelle Potkar is the alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program, and Charles Wallace Writer’s fellowship, Stirling. She was the winner of the 2016 Open Road Review story contest for ‘The leaves of the deodar’. Her story ‘Chit Mahal (The Enclave)’ appears in The Best of Asian Short Stories, Kitaab International. Her poem, ‘The girl from Lal Bazaar’ was shortlisted for the Gregory O' Donoghue International Poetry Prize, 2018.

She is co-founder of the Arcs-of-a-Circle artists’ residency program, Mumbai. (A U.S. Consulate project). She acamanda-craig-authorted in a small role in the Tamil feature-length film Taramani. (Director: Ram). Co-editor of the Joao Roque Literary Journal that promotes literature around Goa with editor Selma Carvalho. She is also editors of the Goan-Irish anthology, ‘Goa: a garland of poems’, with transcreations by Gabriel Rosenstock; and ‘Golden Goa’ by Joseph Furtado.

Her poem, ‘Skirt’ has been adapted into a poetry film by Philippa Collie Cousins (UK) for the Visible Poetry Project 2018, USA. Her latest book ‘Paper Asylum’ released in May 2018 by Copper Coin Publishing. Read More or book Rochelle for your festival

Amanda Craig (pictured right)

Novelist, Short story writer, Critic, Journalist

A “state of the nation novelist” Amanda Craig has been compared to Dickens, Balzac, Trollope and Evelyn Waugh. Her most recent novel, The Lie of the Land was called the first Brexit novel by the Guardian, but is really about the divide between the city and the country, and about the interplay between money and marriage. A BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, it is currently being developed for TV serialisation. Read More or book Amanda for your festival




ian-williams-authorIan Williams is an award-winning journalist, who has reported from across the world. He was business correspondent for the Sunday Times before switching to television, where he worked for twenty-five years as a foreign correspondent, first for Channel 4 News and then for the American network, NBC.

Ian was based in Moscow before moving to the Far East, working out of bureaus in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Beijing. He has travelled and worked across China.

He has covered major news stories ranging from the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule and the Bali bombings, to the Indian Ocean and Japanese tsunamis, as well as a host of other earthquakes, uprisings and coups.

He has also reported on the plight of pandas in China, and orangutans and tigers in Indonesia. More recently he covered the Russian annexation of Crimea and the Russian-backed rebellion in east Ukraine.

Ian left NBC at the end of 2015 to finish his first novel, Beijing Smog, a satire of modern China, in which he was able to draw on his considerable experience working in that country. He also went back to school, studying for a master’s degree in information (cyber) security at Royal Holloway, University of London. That also helped with fine-tuning some of the cyber skulduggery in the novel.Read More or book Ian for you Festival


joel-greenberg-authorDr Joel Greenberg is a Canadian author and historian living in the UK.

Joel Greenberg has written the authorised biographies of two key figures in the story of signals intelligence, Gordon Welchman and Alastair Denniston.

The Welchman book, Gordon Welchman, Bletchley Park’s Architect of Ultra Intelligence, is the basis of a joint BBC/Smithsonian Network 2015 documentary about Welchman –The Forgotten Genius of Bletchley Park.

The Denniston book, Alastair Denniston, Code-breaking from Room 40 to Berkeley Street and the Birth of GCHQ, is both a biography and an account of signals intelligence from its early development to the birth of GCHQ. Denniston was the first Head of GCHQ and the book was launched at its headquarters on 7 September 2017 in honour of him.

Joel Greenberg received his PhD in Numerical Mathematics from the University of Manchester (UMIST) in 1973. He worked for the Open University for over 33 years, and held a number of senior management positions at Director level. Read More or book Joel for your festival

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

edinburh_international_book_festivalEach summer Charlotte Square Gardens in the heart of Edinburgh is transformed into a tented village for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This three week celebration of the written word is the largest of its kind in the world. Entry to the gardens is free. Here visitors can soak up the atmosphere, browse the bookshops, enjoy refreshments from the cafe or bar and choose from a programme of over 800 events.Many events are free to attend, including daily readings, signings, workshops and children’s activities. When? 11th-27th August 2018. Read More

The Winchester Writers’ Festival brings emerging writers together for three days of workshops, talks, and networking with over 70 acclaimed authors, poets, screenwriters, literary agents and editors. Choose from 18 all-day workshops, 28 talks and book up to four one-to-one appointments with literary agents, editors and other publishing experts. The Festival offers ten free places to writers aged 18-25, and runs ten writing competitions (deadline April 11). When? 2018 Writers' Festival - 15-17 June Where? University of Winchester campus, Winchester, Hampshire Who? Patrick Gale, Keynote Speaker, plus over 70 top literary agents, commissioning editors and authors. Read More

The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

cheltenham_literature_festivalOne 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 for the ten day event. As big as it gets.This autumn the event generally welcomes over 600 of the world’s greatest writers, poets, politicians, thinkers and stars to Cheltenham for an inspiring mix of debate and discussion. When? 5th-14th October 2018. Read More

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New Literary Festivals in 2018

Each year we seem to lose a few festivals whilst welcoming new events to our robust literary festival circuit throughout the nation. Newcomers that have been in-touch include:

The Hastings Lit Fest

The South Coast's newest Literary Festival, is focused on writing for writers, exploring the creativity, beauty and power of the written word across a whole host of genres. The event, whose Patron is Sir David Hare, is scheduled to take place from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September, 2018. Read More


Celebrating Broadstairs rich literary heritage and planning inspiring events all year round. When? Rolling series. Check official website for details Where? Broadstairs, Kent. Who? Throughout 2018 - Katie Fforde, Jo Thomas, Sir Tony Robinson,Hunter Davies, Caitlin Davies,Graham Jones, Tim Bentinck,Sunny Ormonde (The Archers), James Brown. Read more

Literary Festivals June 2018


Greenwich Book Festival, London - June 15th-16th, 2018

Hay Festival - 24 May—3 June 2018

Winchester Writers’ Festival - 15-17June 2018

Balham Literary Festival - 8th-10th June 2018 -

Belfast Book Festival - 6–16 June, 2018

Beyond the Border - Wales International Storytelling Festival - (Biennial in even years) -9-10th June, 2018

Borders Book Festival - 14th – 17th of June, 2018

Bradford Literature Festival- 29th June – 8th July 2018

Broadstairs Dickens Festival - 29th June – 8th July 2018

Buckingham Literary Festival - June 14th – 17th, 2018

Chalke Valley History Festival - 25th June – 1st July 2018

Charles Causley Festival -Thursday 31st May  until Sunday night 3rd June, 2018

Chichester Fesitval -  16 June to 15 July, 2018

Crossing the Tees: Middlesbrough and Stockton Book Festival - 9-23rd June, 2018 -

Dalkey Book Festival - 14-17 June 2018

Derby Book Festival - 1th - 9th June 2018

Eastbourne Book Fest - Bieennial. Next event June 2019

Felixstowe Book Festival -27th June 1 July, 2018

Flamstead Book Festival - 2017- 1st June - 2018 TBC

Greenwich Book Festival, London - June 15th-16th, 2018

Hay Festival - 24 May—3 June 2018

Hinterland- Festival of Literature and Art - Kell, Ireland - 21-24 June, 2018

Hebden Bridge Festival - 22 June-1 July, 2018

Howth Midsummer Literary Arts Festival, Ireland -June 9th to 11th, 2017 - 2018 TBA

Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing -June 13- 17, 2018

Kibworth Book Festival - Rolling events through June - Leicestershire

Leicester Book Festival - Now renamed Kibworth Book Festival

Listowel Writers' Week, County Kerry - 30th May to 3rd June 2018

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

Niddfest - Celebrating Nature in Writing - North Yorkshire - 15-17 June 2018 (previously held in August)

Proms at St Jude's Music and Literary Festival (Hampstead, London)- 23 June - 1 July 2018

RS Thomas Literary Festival - Aberderon, North Wales - The 2018 Festival's theme is "Inspired by Others" and will take place between 28 June to 1 July.

Sidmouth Literary Festival - East Devon - Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2018

Stoke Literary Festival - 7th-9th June, 2018

Stoke Newington Literary Festival - 2018, 1st-3rd June

Tiverton Literary Festival -13th - 28th June 2018

Winchester Writers’ Festival - 15-17 June 2018

Worcestershire Literary Festival - Rebirthed as the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe - 9-18th June 2017 - 2018