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Croydon Literary Festival

After the success of the first CLF in 2017, we’ve tried to kick on in year 2 with a wider-ranging programme of speakers; three sessions for younger readers; and three new venues for the much larger programme we’ve planned this year! We really hope you like this new, expanded programme, and find something to engage with across the day. As ever, the Croydon Literary Festival is run entirely by volunteers. Cassie, head of festival, Clair, programme director, and Brad, creative director, have been joined by the super-talented Tim Footman, Deb Stone and Sarah Kingsford as programme managers, and Ruth Duncan as social media manager. Between us we have developed the programme and set up this larger festival, hoping to engage with even more people across the borough than last year. When? 27th October, 2018 Where? Croydon Clocktower Arts Centre, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET Who? 2018 - Mike Gayle, Justin Myers, Lesley Ann Jones,Kate Griffin,John Carter, Leah Hyslop, Henry Jeffries, Robin Stevens,James Newman, Iain Symons, Ele Fountain, MJ Carter, Barry Forshaw, Louis Barfe, Jason Hazeley, Tom Jackson, Phil Norman, John Otway, Zak Jane Keir, Elizabeth Sheppard-Jones, Sylvia Bishop, Chocolate Poetry Club. Read More


Petworth Festival Literary Week

The Petworth Festival Literary Week (Saturday 27 October to Sunday 4 November 2018), has been running since 2011. Starting as a weekend event, such has been the growth in demand for the festival’s literary events, for the first time the festival is proud to announce an extended programme that in 2018 runs to 27 events over 8 days, giving audiences a chance to hear some of the UK's favourite authors and poets talking about their work, giving readings and signing books. Box office opens Friday 5 October, book online or by telephone 01798 344576 When? Literary Weekend dates 27th October - 4 November 2018 Where? Leconfield Hall Petworth, St Marys Church Petworth, West Sussex Who? 2018 - Max Hastings, Michael Morpurgo, Fay Weldon, Sebastian Faulks, Paddy Ashdown, Andrew Roberts, Jana Bakunina, Angus Roxburgh, Alan Titchmarsh, Darren Henley, Mark Wigglesworth, Christopher Reid, Sam Leith, Laura Freeman, Kate Young, Henry Blofeld, Henrietta Knight, David Bowie (film) +. Read More


Liverpool Literary Festival

After a successful inaugural event in 2016 the Liverpool Literary Festival returns for a second outing in 2018. A weekend of discussions, readings, workshops and debates will take place in one of the most dynamic culturally vibrant cities in the world hosted by the University of Liverpool.

The 2018 line-up includes Sarah Perry, Sir Tony Robinson, Val McDermid , Frank Cottrell Boyce,James Naughtie, Claire Tomalin and Fiona Sampson, amongst other well-known literary figures. When? 19-21 October 2018. Read More



Ted Hughes Festival

The 2018 Ted Hughes Festival will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of the poet laureate Ted Hughes (pictured above) and the 50th anniversary of the publication of his book The Iron Man. There are six Festival events planned by the Elmet Trust. When? 19th-21st October 2018 Where? In and around Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Who? Simon Armitage Frieda Hughes Laura Carlin Neil Clarkson Mark Hinchliffe Alison Lock Charlotte Wetton Judith Wilson Sheila Wild Yvonne Reddick. Read More & book tickets

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 When? 7 and 14 October, 2018 Who? 2018 - Martin Bell, Jenni Murray, Max Hastings, Matt Haig, Kate Mosse + Read More



Wantage Literary Festival

Originally a celebration of all things Betjeman, the Wantage Literary Festival is now a collection of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. Held during the October school holiday, the festival is dedicated to promoting the written (and spoken) word in all its forms. The Festival is organised by a Festival Director (Victoria Luker in 2018) and run by a team of local volunteers. In addition to the main Festival week of events we also run a lively charitable schools’ programme.When? 20-27 October 2018 Where? Various Venues around Wantage (Oxfordshire) Who? Miles Jupp, Diarmuid Gavin, Sam Willis & James Daybel,l Tracy Borman, Nick Cope, Keggie Carew, Max Hastings, Di Atkinson, Tim Radford + Read More


Bridport Literary Festival

 The 14th Bridport Literary Festival runs from unday 4th- Sunday 11th November, 2018. Under the guidance of Director, Tanya Bruce-Lockhart, the event has gown from strength to strength since 2005. When? Sunday 4th- Sunday 11th November, 2018 Where? Various venues around Bridport Who? 2018 - Lauren St. John, Tim Dee +. Read more

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.

Hay Festival has today announced the full line-up of writers, thinkers and entertainers appearing at Hay Festival Winter Weekend in Hay-on-Wye, 22-25 November 2018, alongside a rich strand of workshops, woodland walks, and town festivities.

Blending politics and global affairs with the finest fiction, nature writing, comedy, music and workshops for all ages, the festival offers four days of family fun within the stunning surrounds of the town’s independent bookshops, cafés and markets, and the Brecon Beacons National Park. Read More


Eighth Taunton Literary Festival

The eighth Taunton Literary Festival has now been launched with a wide range of authors across a number of subjects. Headline names include Dame Jenni Murray of Woman’s Hour fame talking about her personal choice of great women in history, Adam Kay (Doctor turned Comedian) about his life as a junior doctor 'This is Going to Hurt', Folk legend Peggy Seeger 'The First Time Ever', Paddy Ashdown on standing up to Hitler, Dan Cruickshank on the emergence of the Skyscraper and former Newsnight presenter and election guru Peter Snow, along with his wife Anne MacMillan, talking about stories of heroism. Read More


John O'Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival

'No borders, no boundaries - Celebrate and Inspire' This festival in the name of Armagh author John O'Connor marks the rediscovery of his highly acclaimed novel, Come Day – Go Day.The Writing Courses provide tuition for everyone, including new and developing writers. The choice of tutor is designed to ensure that the focus rests firmly on inspiring, celebrating and encouraging each and every ‘student’, irrespective of their level of skill and expertise.The literary arts events programme has something for everyone with talks, in conversation events, music, theatre and more.

When? 1st-4th November, 2018 Where? Armagh, Northern Ireland Who? 2018 - Festival Patron poet Paul Muldoon, poets Roger McGough and Peter Fallon (see Poetry Writing Course also), Mark Doty, writer and journalist Robert McCrum, actresses Susan Lynch and Lisa Dwan + Read more


UK Southern Book Show

A warm invitation is extended to one and all to attend the UK Southern Book Show which takes place at Worthing in the Field Place Barns on Sunday 28 October 2018 10am - 4pm. Over 50+ authors will be in on-hand for a chat about their work. Read More



Celebrating Broadstairs rich literary heritage and planning inspiring events all year round. When? Rolling series. Check official website for details Where? Broadstairs, Kent. Who? Throughout 2018 - Katie Fforde, Jo Thomas, Sir Tony Robinson,Hunter Davies, Caitlin Davies,Graham Jones, Tim Bentinck,Sunny Ormonde (The Archers), James Brown. 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


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Kate Carruthers Thomas


Born in North Wales within spitting distance of the sea and Snowdonia, Kate Carruthers Thomas spent much of her childhood on the high limestone grasslands of Minchinhampton Common in Gloucestershire.  She now lives in Sheffield on the very edge of the Peak District.  Her poetry draws on our relationships with physical and emotional landscapes, on the interplay of space, place and feeling. Read More


Edoardo Albert

Edoardo Albert is a writer of Sri Lankan and Italian extraction based in London. He has written a number of full length novels, including the Northumbrian Thrones series, as well as his latest work of comic historical fiction, Conrad Monk and the Great Heathen Army, which topped the Amazon Kindle charts. He has also written shorter stories for publications ranging from Daily Science Fiction to Ancient Paths. He has written features for papers and magazines including Time OutSunday Timesand History Today. He is currently published by Endeavour Quill, an imprint of Endeavour Media. Read More


Matt Beighton

Matt Beighton was born somewhere in the midlands in England during the heady days of the 1980s and continues to spend most of his days in the same shire. He is happily married with two young daughters who keep him very busy and suffer through the endless early drafts of his stories. When he's not writing, he teaches primary school, messes around on canals in his inflatable kayak and supports his beloved Leicester City.  All of the Monstacademy series of books are available in dyslexia adapted versions alongside standard formatted editions. Read More


Liz MacRae Shaw

Liz MacRae Shaw was brought up in the south of England but spent every summer with her grandparents on the Isle of Skye where she was inspired by the starkly beautiful landscape, family stories and Highland culture. She studied History at Oxford University where she discovered that the Celtic nations of the United Kingdom barely featured in the narrative of British history. Afterwards she worked as a lecturer and later as a psychotherapist. She feels very fortunate to have returned to her roots and now lives on the Isle of Skye where she pursues her career as a writer. She is currently working on two projects: a novel set during the Second World War which travels from Skye to Bletchley Park and the Mediterranean convoys and a children’s book  set at the time of the First World War. Bibliography Love and Music Will Endure, published 2013 by The Islands Book Trust. No Safe Anchorage, published 2017 by John Hunt Publishing Ltd. Read More


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October Literary Festivals -

Althorp Literary Festival - 5th, 6th & 7th October, 2018

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature Friday 28 September – Sunday 7 October, 2018

Berwick Literary Festival -The 2018 festival will be held on 19th-21st October

Beverley Literature Festival -28th September -22nd October, 2017. Has morphed into "Out of this Word- Lit Up' and has combined with the Bridlington Poetry Festival

Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival -5th -7th October 2018

Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film and Music -  Thursday 11 October and Sunday 14 October, 2018

Birmingham Literature Festival - 4-14 October, 2018

Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival Mon 1 - Sun 7 Oct 2018

Canterbury Festival - 20 October - 3 November, 2018

Cheltenham Literature Festival - 5th-14th October 2018

Croydon Literary Festival - Greater London- 27th October, 2018

Cuckfield BookFest - West Sussex 5th-7th 0ctober, 2018

Dalkey Creates - (Republic of Ireland) - 11-13 October, 2018

Dorchester Literary Festival - 17th-21st October 2018

Dundee Literary Festival -Literary Dundee - now appears to be a stream in Festival of the Future. 17-21 October 2018

Durham Book Festival -6- 14 October 2018

Essex Poetry Festival - Rollling series through September/October

Exeter Poetry Festival  - 4th October, 2018

Frinton Literary Festival - Took place in October in 2017. Website seems to have vanished as of June 2018. News anyone?

Guildford Book Festival - 7 to 14 October, 2018

Henley Literary Festival -September 29 – October 7, 2018

Hillingdon Literary Festival - Friday 5 October to Sunday 7 October 2018

Ilkley Literarture Festival - 28th September- October 14th, 2018

Isle of Wight Literary Festival - Thursday 11th October to Sunday 14th October, 2018

Literary Dundee - now appears to be a stream in Festival of the Future (2018). 17-21 October 2018

Liverpool Literary Festival - 19-21 October 2018

Marlborough Literature Festival -28 – 30 September 2018

Manchester Literary Festival -5th - 21st October 2018

Manx Litfest -25 September - 30 September 2018

Mere Literary Festival -8th-14th October, 2018

North Cornwall Book Festival - 4 - 7 October 2018

October 2018 Continued

Off the Shelf Festival of Words 6th -27th October, 2018

Omagh Literary Festival Honouring Bendidict Kiely (formerly Bendidict Kiely Weekend) - 2018 TBC

Petworth Literary Weekend, West Sussex. 27 October - 4 November 2018

Rochester Literature Festival - Rolling series it seems. Generally an author event late September/early October -

Rye Arts Festival - East Sussex 15th September - 30th September 2018

Ryedale Book Festival - Staging a rolling series 29th June - 1st July, 2018

Scottish International Storytelling Festival - Fri 19 - Tue 31 October, 2018

Sevenoaks Literary Festival -- 21st September- 6th October, 2018

Sherborne Literary Festival -10 - 14 October, 2018

Shoreham Wordfest - 1-20 October, 2018

Tarbet Book Festival - 26-28 October, 2018

Ted Hughes Festival, West Yorkshire - 19th-21st October 2018

Thame Arts & Literature festival - 18th to 21st October 2018

Times Literature Cheltenham Festival - 5th-14th October 2018

UK Southern Book Show - 28 October 2018

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival -20-27 October 2018 (October School Holiday)

 Warwick Words History Festival. 1st to 7th October, 2018 (formerly Warwick Words)

Wells Festival of Literature - 19th - 27th October 2018

Wimbledon Book Festival -4-14 October 2018

Winchester Poetry Festival - Bieenial- even years. The next festival takes place 5 - 7 October 2018

Yeovil Literary Festival - Somerset -25th October - Sunday 29th October 2018



November and December Literary Festivals 2018

BookTastic Book Festival. Children's book festival, Bedford. Saturday 3rd November, 2018

Bridport Literary Festival - Sunday 4th- Sunday 11th November, 2018

Canterbury Festival - 20 October - 3 November, 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

Dulwich Literary Festival - 7th-11th November, 2018

Folkestone Literary Festival - 16 - 25 November 2018

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

John O'Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival -1st-4th November, 2018. Armagh, Northern Ireland

Louder Than Words Festival -  Fri 9th - Sunday 11th November, 2018

MurderOneFest. Ireland's International Crime Writing Festival. Dublin. 2-4th November, 2018

Poetry in Aldeburgh taking place 2nd -4th November, 2018 (formerly Aldeburgh Poetry Festival)

Stroud Book Festival -7-11 November 2018(Gloucestershire)

Petworth Literary Weekend, West Sussex. 27October - 4 November 2018

Poetry in Aldeburgh 2nd -4th November, 2018

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

Taunton Literary Festival - Runs throughout November. 2018