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Shoreham Wordfest is a lively celebration of words and ideas, with the theme of "Shaping the Future" featuring author talks, drama, poetry and children's events. Venues are around the district including Ropetackle Arts Centre, St. Mary de Haura, ancient church, the Verda houseboat and woodland theatre. Creative Writing Workshops start in September as a festival warm up. The festival launch is 27 September, "The Future Starts Here" with a wrap party on 13 October. When? 27 September to 13 October 2019 Where? Various venues, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex Who? 2019 - John Humphrys in one of his first appearances after leaving Radio 4's Today programme, Simon Armitage, our new poet Laureate, author Lynne Truss, Polly Toynbee in discussion with Isabel Hardman and Paul Johnson, Stanley Johnson on ecology, dramatists Simon Brett and Janet Behan. 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


Sevenoaks Literary Festival is celebrating it's 18th anniversary this year and Director Jill Webster has pulled-together a fine author roster for 2019. It attracts substantial audiences from West Kent and beyond.  The programme consists of around a dozen events including a literary lunch and a booklovers' tea.  When? Saturday 21 September - Thursday 03 October 2019 Where? Sevenoaks is an attractive small town in West Kent, easily reached by train from London and close to the M25 .Who? 2019 -Celia Brayfield, Harriet Goodwin, Thomas Harding, Diana Henry, Julia Lovel,l Andrew Lownie, Chris Mullin, Adam Nicolson, Lemn Sissay, Kate Williams. Read More


Narbeth Book Fair offers a showcase for independent publishers and authors from Wales and further afield, who will be in attendance, ready to chat, sign and sell their books. All genres are covered, including children's fiction.There will also be pre-booked private "meet the editor" sessions for aspiring authors and workshops in the spacious first-floor balcony room (access by stairs and by lift).The fair will be open from 10am till 4pm. Entry to the fair is FREE, as are the workshops. There is a charge for the Meet the Editor sessions, which must be booked in advance When? Sat 28th and Sun 29th September 2019 Where? Queen's Hall, High St, Narberth Pembrokeshire, West Wales 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


2019 witness the second Southam Book Festival, and like the first, the Main Event is held in the Graham Adams Centre, a former school building now run by a community group as a community centre. When? Main Events - Sunday October 20th 11a.m. to 4p.m. Also October 2nd , 8th, 15th and 22nd. All at 7.15p.m.Where? Southam, Warwickshire. Who? Andrew Davies; Chris Burleigh; Marilyn Pemberton; Penny Freedman; Steve Cunningham; Sharon Bradshaw; Terri Daneshyar; James Vollmar; Gill Colbourne; Graham Jones; Julia Tedd; Rachel Turner; Southam Heritage Group. 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


July 2019 Literary Festivals

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

Latitude Festival - July 18th -21st, 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

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

August 2019 Literary Festivals

Curious Arts Festival (Arts festival with a literary stream) 23rd -26th August 2019

Edinburgh International Book Festival -The next Book Festival is on 10-26 August 2019

(The) Hastings Lit Fest - East Sussex - 30 August to 1 September, 2019

Islay Book Festival - 29th August to 1st September, 2019

Llangwm Literary Festival, Pembrokeshire, Wales, 9-11 August, 2019

Swanwick Writers' Summer School - 10-16 August 2019


Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival -18th – 22nd September 2019

Narbeth Book Fair, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Sat 28th and Sun 29th September 2019

ArchWay With Words Book Festival, London - Sat 14th - 21st September, 2019

Agatha Christie Festival 14th - 16th September, 2019

Appledore Book Festival - 20th- 28th September, 2019

Aspects Irish Literature Festival - 2019 TBA- Usually runs throughout September

Banbury Literary Live - 2019 TBA

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature -Friday 27 September – Sunday 6 October 2019

Bewdley Book Week - Seems to becoming a stream in the Bewdley Festival. 11th to 20th October, 2019

Bloody Scotland - Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival - 20th-22nd September, 2019

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival -18th – 22nd September 2019

Bristol Poetry Festival - 2019 TBC

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, Ireland -30 August - 1 September 2019

Cardiff Book Festival 2019 TBC

Chiswick Book Festival - The 11th Chiswick Book Festival will take place from  September 12th to 16th, 2019

Cork International Short Story Festival -2019 TBA

Cranbrook Literature Festival - The next two day Cranbrook Literature Festival will take place on Friday 25th September and Saturday 26th September 2020

Essex Poetry Festival - Rolling series through September/October

Graham Greene International Festival - The 21st Graham Greene International Festival will take place between 19 – 22 September 2019 in Berkhamsted, Herts

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival - 2019 TBA

(The) Hastings Lit Fest - East Sussex - 30 August to 1 September, 2019

Ilkley Literarture Festival - 4th- October 20th, 2019

Islay Book Festival - 29th August to 1st September, 2019

Jersey Festival of Words - 25th and 29th September, 2019

King's Lynn Poetry Festival - The 2019 Poetry Festival is booked in for 27-29 September

Lincoln Book Festival -Monday 23rd September - Saturday 28th September, 2019

Lowestoft Library Literary Festival (Oct some years) -2019 TBC

Manx Litfest - 24th September - 29th September 2019

Marlborough Literature Festival - Marlborough LitFest 26 – 29 September 2019. 

Moray Book Festival -2019 TBC

Morley Arts Festival (formerly Morely Literature Festival) -25th Sep - 12 Oct 2019 

Narbeth Book Fair, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Sat 28th and Sun 29th September 2019

Nairn Book and Arts Festival - 10th – 15th September, 2019

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival - 12 – 15 September 2019

ReadFest -East London - Monday 9 to Friday 27 September 2019

Rye Arts Festival - East Sussex , 14th September - 28th September 2019

Ryedale Book Festival - Taking a break in 2019. Aiming for a 2020 return

Sevenoaks Literary Festival 20 September to 5 October, 2019

St Ives September Festival - September, 2019

Tidelines Book Festival - North Ayreshire -26th- 29th September, 2019

Warwick Words History Festival. 30th September - 6th October 2019

Westgate Literary Festival. Kent September 14-15, 2019

Wigtown Book Festival - 27th September-6th October 2019


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Poet and novelist Joanna Lilley is from the UK and now lives in the Yukon, Canada. Her fifth book, Endlings, out in spring 2020, is a collection of poems about extinct animals. In 2018 her debut novel Worry Stones, was published. Joanna’s other books are a short story collection, The Birthday Books, and the poetry collections If There Were Roads and The Fleece Era. Read More & contact details to book Joanna for your festival


Lynn Emslie is the author of the charming Jasper and Milo series of books for young children and is developing an approach to encourage First Reading. Read More & contact details to book Lynn for your festival


Suzie Wilde is the author of the gripping Viking themed Book of Bera series. As well as her writing Suzie contributes to Petersfield Community Radio with her weekly edition of Wilde Walks, acts and runs a writing critique and book group. Read More and contact details to book Suzie for your festival


Robert J.Fanshawe is both an author and a playwright. The Cellist’s Friend is the first in a forthcoming trilogy set in and around the First World War.Robert's play, All About the Boys, attempts to fill through drama, the gaps in our knowledge of the last days and battle in which the WW1 poet Wilfred Owen was killed. Read More and contact details to book Robert for your festival


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, was published in 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.


Shalini Bhalla-Lucas is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, speaker, teacher/trainer and the founder of Just Jhoom! – a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness programme. Shalini her first book Always With You – A true story of love, loss…and hope became a No 1 Amazon Bestseller. Online Dating @ 40 – The Nobheads, Nutjobs & Nice Guys Shalini’s second book was published in February 2019. Read more + contact details to book Shalini for your festival


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

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