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The 2018 Literary Festival season draws to a close at the end of November so we will be taking a winter break until February 2019. Please continue sending in your festival updates and author details as we will updating the site along the way. Blessings all. Kev Parker - Publisher

Hay Festival Winter Weekend - Hay-on-Wye, 22-25 November 2018

Appearances from: campaigners Ziauddin Yousafzai and Gina Miller, writers Rose Tremain, Horatio Clare and Jeanette Winterson; space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock; broadcaster Kate Humble; “Queen of Shops” Mary Portas; journalists James O’Brien, Oliver Bullough, and Mark Urban; bestselling historians Helen Parr, Andrew Roberts, Tracy Borman, Andrew Green and Simon Jenkins; performers Marcus Brigstocke, Gwyenth Glyn, Mid-Wales Opera, and Fiona Evans and choir; alongside workshops and woodland walks. Read More

Alderney Literary Festival


The Alderney Literary Festival is the Channel Island's boutique history festival, where people who enjoy reading and writing about the past come together to talk books and have a great weekend. The Festival has as its constant theme the interpretation of history and the convergence of historical fact and literary fiction. ​ When? Alderney Literary Festival of Historical Literature will be held on 29th-31st March, 2019 Where? The Festival is held on the lovely Channel Island of Alderney in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Festival events are held in Island Hall, St. Anne. Who? 2019 - Anthony Riches, Kate Williams, Nuala Calvi, Ben Kane, Abir Mukherjee, Duncan Barrett, Alex von Tunzelmann, Clare Mulley, Mark Oldfield, Mary Lyn Bracht (Festival Debut Author). Read More


VERVE Festival of Poetry & Spoken Word

A four day festival of sparkling poetry and awe inspiring spoken word in the heart of Birmingham's vibrant city centre. When? 14-17 Feb 2019 Where? Birmingham City CentreWho? 2019 - Announced Nov 12 2018. Read More

Still to go November and December Literary Festivals 2018

Cambridge Winter Wordfest -November 23rd-25th, 2018

Chester Literature Festival - Saturday 10 November - Saturday 1 December 2018

Dublin Book Festival- 15th to the 18th November, 2018

Folkestone Literary Festival - 16 - 25 November 2018

Gibraltar International Literary Festival -The next festival will be held between 15th – 18th November 2018

Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival - rolling series throughout November each year

Shrewsbury Festival of Literature, Shropshire - 23rd-25th Novemebr, 2018

Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival - rolling series throughout November each year

Taunton Literary Festival -Somerset. Runs throughout November. 2018

Todmorden Book Festival, West Yorkshire - 16th-24th November, 2018

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VERVE Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word

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January/February 2019 Literary Festivals

Doolin Writers' Weekend - 25th-27th January 2019. Ireland

Faversham Literary Festival, Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February 2019- Kent.

VERVE Festival of Poetry & Spoken Word - 14-17 Feb 2019, Birmingham City Centre

Limerick Literary Festival - 22nd-24th February 2019. Ireland

Newham Word Festival, East London,25 February – 10 March 2019.

North Herts Book Festival - Rolling series generally through February

Weston Literature Festival-  Friday 22nd February – Friday 1st March 2019. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Literary News

Applications Invited for Nature Writers in Residence 12-Dec-2018

As part of celebrations to mark its centenary in 2019, the Forestry Commission has launched a ne..

The Colonsay Book Festival has announced the line-up for its 2019 programme. 12-Dec-2018

The award-winning writers and authors appearing at the ‘wee gem of a festival on a jewel o..

Winchester Writers' Festival Invites Applications for Two Writing Scholarships for 2019 12-Dec-2018

Winchester Writers' Festival announces two scholarships for the ..

Hay Festival Announces Earlybird Events for 2019 Edition 11-Dec-2018

Hay Festival has announced earlybird events for its 32nd edition, 23 May-2 June, in Hay..

Wanted: Logistics/Volunteer Organiser for Derby Book Festival 04-Dec-2018

We are recruiting ... Would you like to help us organise our volunteer..

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Adrian Hayes

Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer, author, keynote speaker, business coach, documentary presenter and sustainability campaigner. Read more


Andrew Button

The well-receiived, The Melted Cheese on the Cosmic Pizza, is Andrew Button's first full collection of poetry. Read More

Denis Olasehinde Akinmolasire

Denis Olasehinde Akinmolasire

Denis Olasehinde Akinmolasire perspectives have been formed through his own journey in finding love, battling to overcome the challenges and fears that have been put in front of him in the pursuit of glory and being the very best he can be at everything he does. Denis's most recent book, Love, War and Glory explores these themes. Read More


 Vera Byrne (1927 – 2014)

Vera Byrne's, Diary of an Irish Mother, was been published posthumously (2018). It is a record of a time both familiar and forgotten, not so long ago but recalled vividly in Vera’s sharp eye for detail, character and event. . Read More

Kate Carruthers Thomas


 Kate Carruthers Thomas's poetry draws on our relationships with physical and emotional landscapes, on the interplay of space, place and feeling. Read More

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