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2019 witnesses the 10th anniversary of the Penzance Literary Festival, congratulations 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



Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival celebrates 11 years in 2019 with 5 days of best-selling authors, debuts, panel discussions, writing and craft workshops, and events for families - all set beside the sea on the stunning Jurassic Coast in East Devon.When? 18th – 22nd September 2019 Where? In various venues around the town including the Public Hall, the Temple Church and St Peter’s Church and the Church on the Green. Who? 2019 line-up to be announced 1st July. 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, Katy Brand, 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

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

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

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

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

Winchester Writers’ Festival -14-16 June, 2019

Wimpole History Festival- Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June 2019

July 2019 Literary Festivals

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Africa Writes Festival of African Literature Friday 5 July – Saturday 6 July, 2019

BeaconLit - The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing -Saturday, July 13 2019

Beyond the Border - Wales International Storytelling Festival - Biennial. even years

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

Buxton Festival, Derbyshire -5th-21st July, 2019

Caerleon Festival - Literature on the Lawn - South Wales. Part of a series of art and cultural events  July 6th 2019

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

Dartington Hall Way with Words Festival -  5-15 July, 2019

Evesham Festival of Words - Worcestershire - 28th-30th June 2019

Felixstowe Book Festival - 28th June to the 30th June 2019

Fesitval of Chichester -  15 June to 14 July, 2019

Words @ Frome Festival - Frome Festival, 5th – Sunday 14th July 2019

Hebden Bridge Festival - 21st-30th June 2019

John Hewitt International Summer School - Monday 22nd - Saturday 27th July 2019

John Clare Festival - Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July, 2019

Latitude Festival - July 18th -21st, 2019

Ledbury Poetry Festival - 5th to 14th July 2019

Penzance Literary Festival -From July 3rd-6th, 2019

Port Eliot Lit Fest, Cornwall - 25-28th July 2019

Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival -Usually rolling series throughout June-July. Check official site

Theakston Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival - 18th-21st July, 2019

TS Eliot Festival - Sunday 7 July, 2019

West Cork Literary Festival - Monday 12th- Friday 19th July 2019


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Upon her first dog, Ruby’s demise, Anna Chelmicka wrote, in 2015, her first book My Friend Ruby chronicling their time together.  She continued travelling in her motorhome with her other dog Amber exploring the countryside. Her second book is Wonderful Walks from Dog-friendly Campsites throughout the UK. Read More & contact details to book Anna for your festival


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.


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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

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