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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. This year’s Festival takes place at the University of Winchester on 16-18 June and writers working in any form or genre may book for one day, two days or all three days.

Attendees can chose from 18 all-day workshops, 27 talks and book up to four one-to-one appointments with literary agents, editors and other publishing experts. Listen to Lemn Sissay MBE give the Keynote address, sign up for open mics and put questions to a panel of independent publishers. The Festival offers ten free places to writers aged 18-25, and runs ten writing competitions. For details of the full programme and how to book, along with information about the competitions and Festival Scholarship Scheme, visit www.writersfestival.co.uk. Attendees can book to come for one day, two days or all three days.

When? 16-18 June 2017 Where? University of Winchester campus, Winchester, Hampshire Who? Lemn Sissay MBE is the 2017 Keynote Speaker, plus over 70 top literary agents, commissioning editors and authors.

Swanswick Writers' Summer School

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. When? 12-18 August 2017 Where? Swanwick Writers' Summer School The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU Who? In 2017 - Sophie Hannah, ​Cathy Cassidy, ​Imogen Cooper + Read more



London's largest celebration of children's books the Barnes Children's Literature Festival returns Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 2017. More than fifty fun family events and activities are planned for around Barnes Pond over the weekend making Barnes London's largest dedicated children's literature festival. Tickets now on sale. Read more

Stratford -upon-Avon Literary Festival is celebrating it's 10th anniversary from 23rd  to 30th April 2017. Speakers include Mary Berry, Andrew Marr, Roy Hattersley, Paddy Ashdown, Tracy Chevalier, Ken Livingstone, Watertones Book of the Year Winner Sarah Perry and poet Simon Armitage. The line-up incudes discussions on politics and world affairs, history, music, mental health and comedy as well as workshops for writers and an extensive selection of events for children, with some of the biggest names in children’s literature including Rob Biddulph, and Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown. Performances include the Oxford Bach Soloists performing a new work to mark the death of poet Edward Thomas in WWI, and the hilarious Austentatious reworking Jane Austen as well as theatre for children with Playbox. Horrible Histories and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant bought to life. Read more

Berwick Literary Festival - Northumbria

2017 witnesses the fourth small and friendly festival in the historic walled town of Berwick upon Tweed. The organisers aim to attract authors of national renown while also providing a platform for writers from the region. When? Berwick Literary Festival 20-22 Oct 2017 Where? Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland Who? 2017 - Ian McMillan, Tony Husband, Max Adams, Neil Astley, Katrina Porteous and many others.


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listowel_writers_week_ireland_county_kerryListowel Writers' Week

Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel County Kerry.

The town of Listowel is renowned as a literary hub. The five day festival has been running for almost forty years and each year produces a diversity which continues to inspire an eclectic blend of visitors and contributors. The festival attracts acclaimed authors, poets, journalists, artists, singers and storytellers. There are also treats in store for children with award-winning writers, children's workshops, fun with music and stories. Readings, interviews, workshops, drama, music, poetry slams, exhibitions all combine andthe result is often deemed Ireland's premier literary festival. When? 31st May to 4th June 2017 Where? Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland Who? Graham Norton, Margaret Drabble, Donal Ryan, Akhil Sharma, Sigrid Rausin, Chris Cleave, Helen Lederer, Ian McPherson, Liz Nugent ++ Read More


The Carnival of Words returns once again in 2017 under the guidence of Director Dylan Hughs to promote reading and writing across the Wrexham area and its communities, regardless of age or background.When? Saturday 29th April - Saturday 6th May 2017. Where? Glyndŵr University (Wrexham), Coleg Cambria, Wrexham Libraries and various comunity-based venues in the Wrexham area. Who? 2017 - Joanne Harris, Alan Johnson, Lucienne Boyce, Ben Kane, Deborah Swift, Sarah Perry, Aled Lewis Evans,+ Read More


A small but quality group of Scotttish authors gather to entertain in this lovely location. When? End of April. 29th-30th April, 2017. Who? 2017 - Alexander McCall Smith, Sue Lawrence, Christine de Luca + Where? Colonsay is in the Hebrides, Scotland. Read more


BeaconLit - The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing


BeaconLit's fifth one-day festival, in 2017, offers another exciting mix of author panels, live interviews, workshops and readings. An engaging offering with both experinced authors and new voices sharing the platform.

When? 8th July 2017 Where? Brookmead School High Street Ivinghoe Buckinghamshire LU7 9EX Who? 2017 - Hugh Fraser (Poirot's Captain Hastings, now a thriller writer), romantic novelists Jean Fullerton, Christina Jones and Hywela Lyn Dave Sivers + Read more

Festival organiser,Helen Dunning, has put together a very nice programme with over 50 events to choose from in both English and Welsh. When? 25 March - April 2, 2017 Where? Various venues throughout Cardiff. Read more

Chagword - Dartmoor's Literary Festival in Chagford

Chagwood is biennial event and is back for the third time from the 17-19 March 2017. Where? Chagford is on Dartmoor Who? Peter Moffat, Hisham Matar, Michael Morpurgo + Read more

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Tedinburh_international_book_festivalhis 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. When? The next Book Festival is on12-28 August 2017 Where? Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more

oxford_literary_festivalOver 350 writers will flock to the famous university city for the 21st Oxford Literary. Hosted by the atmospheric Christ Church College with its Tudor hall and cloisters. When? Saturday, March 25, to Sunday, April 2, 2017. Read more

When? May Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 30 April-Tuesday 2 May 2017. Read more

Cambridge Literary Festival

An twice a year literature festival held in the spring and winter in Cambridge and surrounding area. When? 18 - 23 April, 2017. Read more

Featured Authors

Andrew Smith


Andrew Smith is an author of historical fiction. He enjoys creating stories and characters surrounding actual historic events. His first novel, 'Edith's War,' is centred on the internment of Italian men in Britain during World War II. His second novel, 'The Speech,' has as its main event Enoch Powell's infamous Rivers of Blood speech in 1968 — often alluded to today, as it was in Parliament during the recent Brexit debate, and on many other recent occasions. Read more


IAN SHIRCORE is an author and ghostwriter who has written a dozen books under his own name, including Loose Canon: The Extraordinary Songs of Clive James and Pete Atkin, John F Kennedy: The Life, The Presidency, The Assassination and Conspiracy: 49 Reasons to Doubt, 50 Reasons to Believe.. Read more

Jacqueline Wilson


Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total now stands at over 35 million! Read more

Tony Curtis


In October 2016 Seren Press published a collection of poems which celebrate fifty years of writing and publishing by the Welsh poet Tony Curtis. From the Fortunate Isles: New and Selected Poems collects work from 1966 to 2016 chosen from his published books, pamphlets and other projects, while the final section is, essentially, his ninth and new collection of poems. In June 2017 Cinnamon Press publish his selected short stories Some Kind of Immortality. Read more


MELINDA SALISBURY is a UK Young Adult author, originally from the midlands, now living on the south east coast of England.

Her first novel, THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER, published by Scholastic in 2015, was the bestselling UK YA Debut novel of 2015, and was nominated for multiple national and international awards. Rights have been sold in 17 countries to date. Her second novel, THE SLEEPING PRINCE was released in February 2016, with the third and final instalment of the series THE SCARECROW QUEEN to be published in March 2017. Television rights to the series have been sold to Little Island Productions. Read more

MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of morethan forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. More

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Zia Chaudhry


Zia Chaudhry MBE is a British born Muslim whose parents originated from Pakistan. Having grown up in Liverpool, he went on to establish his legal career in the city as a barrister specialising in criminal law after he was called to the Bar in 1991.

Outside of his legal practice, Zia has been actively involved in interfaith work for over fifteen years, with a particular emphasis on dispelling misunderstanding about Islam and Muslims.

More recently Zia became the author of Just Your Average Muslim. This timely story of his personal journey growing up as a Muslim in the UK was originally intended to serve as a guide for his own children but quickly developed to address wider issues concerning Islam and Muslims. Read more

Jennifer Gilmour


 A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, Jennifer Gilmour has amalgamated and fictionalised other survivors experiences alongside her own to write her first novel Isolation Junction, detailing the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.   Read More


PETER TAYLOR-GOOBY books how people live their lives in a diverse globalised capitalist world. In Ardent Justice, Ade struggles against the corruption of the City of London, where high finance and street homelessness flourish cheek by jowl. In The Baby Auction, Ed and Matt struggle to lead a passionate, humane and generous life in a world dominated by the market. Read More


CHRISTINE WEIR is a singer, singing teacher, songwriter, actor, and most recently author. Born in Scotland, Christine grew up in South Africa where she still lives. Christine's first book, ‘Shut your Trap and Sing!’ was published in December 2016. Christine is now looking to expand to the UK. Read more

David Walliamsdavid_walliams

David Edward Williams (born 20 August 1971), known as David Walliams, is an English comedian, actor, author, television personality and activist, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch shows Little Britain, Rock Profile and Come Fly with Me.

Walliams is also a writer of children's books. By the end of 2014, he had sold over 4 million of these and has been described as "the fastest growing children's author in the UK": his literary style has been compared to that of Roald Dahl. Read more


James McGee- Beatrix Campbell - Jill Dawson- Sarah Holding -Catherine Fisher - Alison McQueen -Michael Morpurgo Kate Atkinson Ros Weston - Hilary Mantel - Ian Rankin.

March 2017 Literary Festivals

Aldeburgh Literary Festival - 2-5 March 2017

Alderney Literary Festival -24-26 March 2017

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival - 19-19 March, 2017

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival - 25 March - April 2, 2017

Chagword - Dartmoor's Literary Festival in Chagford- 17-19 March, 2017

Ennis Book Club Festival (Ireland)-3-5 March, 2017

Headingley Lit Fest - Rolling series through March

Huddersfield Literature Festival - 4-19 March, 2017

Kings Lynn Fiction Festival - 10-12 March, 2017

Stanza: Scotland's Poetry Festival, St. Andrews - 1 - 5 March, 2017

Weymouth Leviathan - Maritime Literary Festival - - 25-17 March, 2017

York Literature Festival 16 - 30 March, 2017



April 2017 Literary Festivals Dates On-hand

Cambridge Wordfest - 18 - 23 April, 2017

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival - 25 March - April 2, 2017

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival , West Kent - 30 April- 2 May 2017

Chipping Camden Literature Festival - 9-14 May, 2017

Colonsay Book Festival - 29-30 April, 2017

Cúirt International Festival of Literature (Galway, Ireland) -23- 30 April 2017

Hexham Book Festival - 2017 Festival dates are 28 April to 7 May

Scarborough Literature Festival - 26 April -1 May 2017

Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival - Spring Festival: 23 - 30 April 2017

Strokestown International Poetry Festival -27th – 30th April 2017

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival Saturday, March 25, - April 2, 2017

Wrexham Carnival of Words -  Saturday 29th April - Saturday 6th May 2017


May 2017 Literary Festivals Dates On-hand

Aberdeen Writers Festival - Word – University of Aberdeen Writers Festival ran from 1999-2011 and has morphed into a broader May Festival.

Barnes Children's Literature Festival, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 2017

Bath Festival -

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival - 2017 Festival Dates – 26 – 28 May

Boswell Book Festival - 12th- 14th May, 2017

Bournemouth Festival of Words - 2017 TBA

Brighton Festival

Chalfont St Giles and Jordans Literary Festival - Biennial in even years.

Charleston Literary Festival -Friday 19 to Monday 29 May 2017

Cheltenham Poetry Festival- May 5-14 2017

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival , West Kent - 30 April-Tuesday 2 May 2017

Chipping Camden Literature Festival -9-14 May, 2017

Crimefest - Bristol - 18– 21 May 2017

International Literature Festival Dublin - 20-28 May 2017

Oundle Festival of Literature - Now a rolling series throughout the year

Finchley Literary Festival - 2017 TBC - formerly Greenacres Writers' Literary Festival

Fowey Festival of Words and Music - May 6th to 13th, 2017

Greenwich Book Festival, London - Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May, 2017

Guernsey Literary Festival - Next festival - 10-14th May, 2017

Hay Festival - 25 May—4 June, 2017

Hexham Book Festival - 2017 Festival dates are 28th April to 7th May

Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine - 19-21 May, 2017

Newcastle Poetry Festival - 9th-13th May 2017

Oundle Festival of Literature - Now a rolling series throughout the year

Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) - 13-18th May, 2017

Poetry-next-the-sea, Wells-next-the-Sea - 5th-7th May, 2017. The 20th Annual Festival

Prestwich Book Festival - Started off in 2011 and ran until 2014 as far as we can tell. Info anyone?

Scarborough Literature Festival - 26 April -1 May 2017

Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest - Friday 28th April through to Monday 1st May, 2017

Strokestown International Poetry Festival -27th – 30th April 2017 (usually first weekend in May)

St. Ives Literature Festival - Usually the middle week in May

Swindon Festival of Literature - 1st - 13th May, 2017

Salisbury International Arts Festival - 26 May- 10 June 2017

Surrey Heath Literary Festival - Ran from 2010-2014 this literary festival was inspired by local Cllr Tim Dodds. Nice one Tim.

Ullapool Book Festival -May 5-7, 2017

Wrexham Carnival of Words -  Saturday 29th April - Saturday 6th May 2017