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A festival of open horizons and energising ideas, at the heart of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature. 17 days, 750 events, 800 authors, over 40 different countries represented. Bookworms, bibliophiles and internationally acclaimed authors and thousands of aspiring writers will descend on Edinburgh. It's massive and wonderful. When? 15– 31 August, 2015 Where? Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland. More
The International Agatha Christie Festival (IACF) honours the novelist and playwright Dame Agatha Christie – known throughout the world as the “Queen of Crime. The festival takes place in the elegant seaside town of Torquay, in Devon, UK, where the author was born on 15 September 1890.. When? The Agatha Christie Festival 11th -20th September, 2015 Where? Torre Abbey.Torquay, Devon, England More
Carlisle has a long tradition of arts and crafts, and, with a population in excess of 100,000, the addition of a literary festival adds a welcome dimension. When? Thursday 3rd-Sunday 6th September, 2015 Where? Carlisle, Cumbria. Locations include the Crown and Mitre Hotel, Carlisle Tullie House , Carlisle City Library. Who? 2015 - Owen Jones, Terry Waite, Simon Yates, Gervase Phinn, Juliet Barker + More
This year’s speakers include First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson, Alex Salmond MP and foreign correspondent Janine di Giovanni. We also welcome back BBIF regulars such as Allan Little, Jim Naughtie and William Dalrymple When? Saturday 22nd August - Sunday 23rd August 2015 Where? Traquair House, Innerleithen, Scotland. More
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A new five day literary festival on the beautiful Channel Island of Jersey in 2015 featuring visiting writers, homegrown talent, community events and an extensive schools programme. A welcome new addition to the burgeoning Island Literary Movement!
When? Sept 30th- Oct 4th, 2015 Where? Jersey, Channel Islands Who? In 2015 - Carol Ann Duffy, Owen Sheers, Irma Kurtz , Simon Barnes, Will Smith+ More
The inaugural Hillingdon Literary Festival (briefly named the Uxbridge Literary Festival) will feature a variety of presentations, readings, discussions, masterclasses and performances with successful contemporary writers and local writing groups. All events will be free, albeit ticketed, and held at Brunel University London, the Uxbridge Library, Southlands in West Drayton, and the Great Barn in Ruislip. A warm welcome to all involved. When? 16-18 October 2015 Where? London Borough of Hillingdon Who? Will Self (right), Kate Mosse, Deborah Moggach, Benjamin Zephaniah, Laura Barnett. Read more
Set in the glorious landscape of Upper Nidderdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, NiddFest is a unique new, family friendly festival, offering a weekend of talks and outside events for nature lovers of all ages. Highlights of the 2015 programme include the opening event, an exclusive evening with the festival’s patron and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales and award winning novelist Evie Wyld.
Sunday 26th July sees Jackie Bennett, gardener and journalist discussing 20 inspiring gardens created by our most famous writers, followed by TV chef and author Valentine Warner treating festival-goers to a revealing talk on nature’s bountiful larder and its inspiration in the kitchen. That morning will see a foraging event, with edible plants picked from Nidderdale’s hedgerows, to be included in a dish prepared by Valentine at his event. The festival closes with Herdwick Shepherd, James Rebanks, whose tale of lifeas a shepherd in the Lake District has been one of this year’s literary phenomenons. When? 24-26 July, 2015 Where? Upper Nidderdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales +More
The inaugural Revolving Words Festival of Railway Literature, 23rd-25th Oct 2015, is a delightful innovation that is part of the 25th birthday celebrations of the Wensleydale Railway Association and in support of the Wensleydale Railway. Given the enormous role that railways have played in our history, plus the senseof pleasure that trains give to so many, this festival is a welcome addition to the literary scene. When? Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th October 2015 Where? Bedale, North Yorkshire More
FishLit is part of the Fishstock Festival on Saturday 5 September, 2015. The festival is run to raise funds for the Fishermen's Mission, Brixham. Local authors will be signing copies of their novels and there will the events throughout the day celebrating the sea and the fishing heritage of Devon. More
Festival Director, Sheila O'Reilly, has pulled together a potent line-up for the 2nd Dulwich Literary Festival run by Dulwich Books of West Dulwich in London. The 2015 theme of 'Time & Place'. When? Friday 16th October to Sunday 18th October, 2015 Where? Dulwich, London Who? 2015 - Vince Cable, Prue Leith, Huw Edwards, Kate Mosse, Melvyn Bragg(right), Helen Lederer. More
Althorp Literary Festival - 11-13 June, 2015Belfast Book Festival - 8-14 June 2015
Borders Book Festival - June 12 -15, 2015
Bridlington Poetry Festival - 12 - 21 June 2015
Broadstairs Dickens Festival -Saturday 13th to Friday 19th June 2015
Chalke Valley History Festival -June 22- 28, 2015
Charles Causley Festival - 12 – 14 June 2015
Chichester Fesitval - mid June/ mid Jul
Crossing the Tees: Middlesbrough and Stockton Book Festival (formerly Middlesbrough Literary Festival)
Dalkey Book Festival - 11-24 June, 2015
Eastbourne Book Fest - September 19 -20, 2015
Felixstowe Book Festival - 27 & 28 June 2015
Flamstead Book Festival - 5th and 6th of June 2015
Hay Festival Kells - 25-28 June, 2015
Hebden Bridge Festival - 26 June- July 6, 2015
Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing -June 11- 14, 2015
Leicester Book Festival - June - 5th to early July 2015
London Short Story Festival - 18 - 21 June 2015
Manchester Childrens Book Festival - 26th June - July 5, 2015
Prestwich Book Festival - 2015 TBC
Proms at St Jude's Music and Literary Festival (Hampstead, London)- Literary weekend 20-21 June 2015
Stoke Literary Festival - 12-13 June, 2015
Stoke Newington Literary Festival - June 5-7 2015
Tiverton Literary Festival - 3rd-6th June, 2015
Winchester Writers’ Conference Festival and Book Fair - 19-21 June, 2015
Africa Writes - Festival of African Literature - 3-5th July 2015Ampthill Literary Festival - Saturday 11th July, 2015
Buxton Festival, Derbyshire - 10- 26 July, 2015Caerleon Festival - Literature on the Lawn - South Wales - Saturday 4th July, 2015
Chichester Fesitval - June/mid- JulyCurious Arts Festival (Arts festival with a literary stream) -17-19 July 2015
Dartington Hall Way with Words Festival - 4 - 14 July 2015
Words @ Frome Festival -July 3-12, 2015
John Hewitt International Summer School -Monday 27th July – Friday 31st July 2015
Lewes Speakers Festival -17th July – 19th July 2015
NiddFest Literary Festival - Celebrating Nature in Writing - 24-26 July, 2015
John Clare Festival -10 - 12 July 2015
Latitude Festival - July 16 -19, 2015
Ledbury Poetry Festival -July 3 – 12 July, 2015
Leicester Book Festival - June - 5th to early July 2015
Manchester Childrens Book Festival - 26th June - July 5, 2015
Penzance Literary Festival -July 8th to July 11th, 2015
Port Eliot Lit Fest, Cornwall -July 30th - August 2nd, 2015
Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival - July 2- August 2, 2015
Theakston Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival -16-19 July, 2015
TS Eliot Festival - Early July - July 12- 18, 2015
West Cork Literary Festival - July 12- 18, 2015
Cirencester Children's Literary Festival -27th July - 4th August, 2015
Edinburgh International Book Festival -15– 31 August, 2015
John Hewitt International Summer School - 27th-31st July 2015
Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, now in its 20th year, is an annual storytelling festival in a stunning setting where Irish and international storytellers and musicians are invited to perform.
Each of the three days offers a variety of activities and concerts to suit all ages. Six different venues are chosen for the various events and the island's stunning scenery creates a unique atmosphere for this storytelling event with a difference. When? 4- 6 September, 2015 Where? Cape Clear is Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island situated 8 miles off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork. Who? Dovie Thomason, Birgit Lehner, Michael Harvey, Clare Muireann Murphy, Colum Sands More
Kevin Parker explores the phenomenal increase in literary festivals over the last decade. Why are they so popular? What do they contribute? What's in for the public and authors? Read More
Cornwall is fast laying claim to the being the UK's 'Literary Festival County' with a growing list of literary gatherings scheduled throughout the year. LiteraryFestivals.co.uk's Kevin Parker gives an overview of the Cornish Literary Calendar. More
This autumn The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival will welcome over 600 of the world’s greatest writers, poets, politicians, thinkers and stars to Cheltenham for an inspiring mix of debate and discussion. Over 100,000 tickets sell for the ten day event. As big as it gets.
When? October 2-11, 2015 Where? Cheltenham Town Hall (GL50 1QA) Imperial Square and Montpellier Gardens (GL50 1SD) - Who? John Banville, Julian Barnes, Anne Enright, and Peter Carey bring the total number of Booker Prize winners speaking at the Festival to an impressive six including Pat Barker and Salman Rushdie.
Peter Carey will be at the Festival to receive The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, which was last year presented to Kazuo Ishiguro in a completely sold out Town Hall event.
Patrick Gale, author of A Perfectly Good Man, will also be appearing, as will The Time Traveller’s Wife author Audrey Niffenegger and Whitbread Prize-winning Jeanette Winterson.
Once again, Cheltenham will also be celebrating debut writers and this year’s Festival will see talks from rising stars including Laura Barnett, Claire Fuller, Julia Rochester Sarah Leipciger, Francesca Haig and Helena Coggan.
Rapper George the Poet has already been announced as a Guest Director and he heads up an incredibly strong poetry strand, which includes talks from Les Murray, Oxford’s new professor of poetry Simon Armitage, Paul Muldoon and Wendy Cope.
Non-fiction names newly announced today include Robert Macfarlane with his recent bestseller Landmarks and Shakespearean scholar James Shapiro talking about 1606; the year of King Lear, Macbeth, and Anthony and Cleopatra. Historians Robert Tombsand Ian Kershaw also join the line-up.
Nigel Lawson will join Gus O’Donnell and Alistair Darling to explain ‘How to Write a Budget’ and James Rubin, former US Assistant Secretary of State will talk about the Cold War.
Celebrated choreographer Matthew Bourne will talk about his incredible life in dance and West End star and online sensation Carrie Hope Fletcher will discuss the perils of celebrity. More
Rachel Kelly is the author of Black Rainbow: How words healed me – my journey through depression, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2014.
In an extended bibiographical piece, Rachel shares her journey through depression and back again More
Elif Şafak has been named by critics have as “one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Turkish and world literature”. She is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Elif is appearing at a number of UK Literary Festivals this season More
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, including The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin. She is appearing at a number of UK Literary Festivals this season More
Thor Ewing’s Viking connection began early, when he was named after the Norse god of thunder. Since graduating from Durham in 1989 (where he studied Medieval Literature specialising in Old Norse) he has worked as an independent scholar, writing speaking and consulting on all things Viking, and providing translations of medieval texts from Old Norse, Old English, Old Welsh, Old Gaelic and Latin. More
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