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Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival

borderlines_carlisle_book_festivalBorderlines Book Festival returns to Carlisle in October for its fourth successive year. The main festival takes place over the weekend of 6th – 8th October with pre- festival events taking place from 30th September at the Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle Library, Tullie House Museum, the Cathedral and Cakes & Ale Café.  When? 6-8 October, 2017 Where? Various venues throughout Carlisle Who? 2017 - Hunter Davies, Caitlin Davis, Stephen Matthews, Diane Hirds, Sir Chris Bonington,Peter Snow and his wife Ann MacMillan, Amanda Owen . More

guidford_book_festivalGuildford Book Festival

Established in 1989, and now in its 29th year, the Guildford Book Festival brings together a vibrant mix of authors and artists from around the world for eight-days of outstanding conversation and lively debate, all held in a welcoming environment. The Festival offers a strong programme of events for children, including an active schools programme. Over 50 authors are expecting to be appearing at the 2017 event. When? 8 to 15 October 2017 - Read More

North Cornwall Book Festival

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. Talks range from free to £6; concerts £1north-cornwall-literary-festival-20170, workshops £20.

When? 5 - 8 October 2017 Where? St Endellion, Cornwall. PL29 3TP Who? 2018 - Michael Morpurgo, Dame Professor Hermione Lee, Maggie O'Farrell. 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. Read more

Featured Authors

Annabel Kantaria

In 2013, British expat Annabel won the inaugural Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Her work caught the eye of agent Luigi Bonomi and Annabel went on to secure a three-book contract with Harlequin’s MIRA Books (now HQ Stories at Harper Collins). Since then she’s had three books published, and is contracted to write three more focusing on the darkness that can be found beneath the surface of everyday life – the popular genre that’s been nicknamed ‘domestic noir’. Read More

Previously: Susanna Beard - Chris Mullin - Andrew Smith- James McGee- Beatrix Campbell - Jill Dawson- Sarah Holding -Catherine Fisher - Alison McQueen -Michael Morpurgo Kate Atkinson Ros Weston - Hilary Mantel - Ian Rankin - Barbara Lorna Hudson -Lucy Baxter

Isle of Wight Literary Festival


Founded in 2013, the IOWLF offers a weekend of top authors and speakers all set in the magnificent and historical Northwood House. In addition, to the fine array of writers sharing their stories, the festival has a musical tradition of Jazz. There is plenty for the kids to do in the Youth Zone which is Free. Official sponsors, Red Funnel, are offering discounts on ferry travel making this well-established literary gathering on the lovely isle even more enticing. When? 12th - 15th October 2017 Where? The festival will centre at Northwood House, Cowes, but some of the more informal and larger events will take place at venues across the town. Who? 2017 - Andrew Marr, Dame Jenni Murray, Val McDermid, Frank Gardner, Jim Al-Khalili and Xiaolu Guo, Tracy Borman, Countess of Carnarvon. Read more

Sherborne Literary Festival

sherborne-literary-festivalFounded in 2012 and has been growing from strength to strength every since. It is organised under the auspice of the Sherborne Literary Society. Excellent work.

2017 sees the sixth outing with a strong author line-up recruited by Festival Director, John Gaye. Lovely time of year to be in Dorset for a literary break it is too.

When? 11-15 October 2017 Where? Held in Digby Hall in the lovely village of Sherborne, Dorset Who? 2017 - Giles Milton, Joshua Levine, Natalie Haynes (right), Roger McGough, Ben Freeth, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Rory Stewart. Read More

Stroud Book Festival

Stroud Book Festival is a 5-day literary feast for book lovers, showcasing some of the best in writing on a variety of themes.

When? 2 - 5 November 2017 Where? Stroud, Gloucestershire Who? Adam Horowitz , John Dougherty, Polly Toynbee,, The Emergency Poet, Hopeless Maine, Katie Fforde, Jane Bailey, Caroline Sanderson. Read more

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival

The Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival is held annually in the October half-term, in various venues in the Oxfordshire market town of Wantage, where the late great Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman lived for many years. The festival is a broad mix of author interviews, poetry performance, comedy, workshops and theatre. The 2017 line-up includes Jenni Murray, Susie Dent, Nicholas Rankin, Clover Stroud, Felix Francis, Dr Claire Guest, children's favourite Korky Paul and renowned comedian Rich Hall. 

When? Saturday 22nd October – Sunday 30th October 2016. Read More


The Oundle Festival of Literature runs a programme of all year round events More


Claire Fuller: Swimming Lessons, Thursday 5th October, 7.45 – 8.45pm, St Peter’s Church, Oundle

Tanya Goodin


Author: OFF. Your Digital Detox For A Better Life (2017)

Tanya Goodin is an award-winning digital entrepreneur and founder of digital detox specialists Time To Log Off.

Twice a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and for the Blackberry Outstanding Women in Technology award, Tanya was inspired to set-up Time To Log Off after a 20-year career working exclusively in the online world as research and evidence began to emerge supporting her belief that she was not alone in suffering from the adverse effects of a screen-dominated life. Her goal now is to help others discover, like her, the joys of regularly fully disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with the real world. More


Kevin B. Turner, author of Sky Shamans of Mongolia is the Director for Asia of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS), founded by Michael Harner. He is a field research associate and a faculty member at the Foundation. Read more

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Dan Jeffries

Dan Jeffries is very, very rare.

Born with a condition called Wyburn-Mason syndrome which affects the vascular system, it has left Dan blind in one eye and short-sighted in the other. It is thought there have been less than thirty reported cases in the last fifty years - worldwide. That equates to 1 in 70 million. That’s rare. And then, as he turned thirty, he was diagnosed with another rare condition: Acromegaly, caused by a benign tumour in the pituitary gland.

In October 2015 Dan published his memoir, 'Me, Myself & Eye'. It tells the story about growing up with such a rare condition and how it impacted his life at school and University. Read more