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The Buckingham Literary Festival

Internationally acclaimed authors, journalists, poets, actors and commentators will be appearing at thbuckingham_literary_festivale 2nd Buckingham Literary Festival June 30th - July 2nd. Opening with the Bard of Stony Stratford and closing with Bard of Stratford on Avon's Midsummer Night's Dream. When? June 30th- July 2nd 2017 Where? The Radcliffe Centre, Buckingham, MK18 1EG Who? Peter James, Jacqueline Wilson, Roger McGough, Chris Patten, John Bercow, Anthony Seldon, Rachel Kelly, Louise Doughty, Raymond Tallis, Clare Mackintosh++. Read more

Swanswick Writers' Summer School

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, it offers you the opportunity to learn new skills, explore your creativity, perform your poetry, sing, act, dance, laugh, or even write.

When? 12-18 August 2017 Where? Swanwick Writers' Summer School The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU Who? In 2017 - Sophie Hannah, ​Cathy Cassidy, ​Imogen Cooper + Read more


listowel_writers_week_ireland_county_kerryListowel Writers' Week

Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel County Kerry.

The town of Listowel is renowned as a literary hub. The five day festival has been running for almost forty years and each year produces a diversity which continues to inspire an eclectic blend of visitors and contributors. The festival attracts acclaimed authors, poets, journalists, artists, singers and storytellers. There are also treats in store for children with award-winning writers, children's workshops, fun with music and stories. Readings, interviews, workshops, drama, music, poetry slams, exhibitions all combine andthe result is often deemed Ireland's premier literary festival. When? 31st May to 4th June 2017 Where? Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland Who? Graham Norton, Margaret Drabble, Donal Ryan, Akhil Sharma, Sigrid Rausin, Chris Cleave, Helen Lederer, Ian McPherson, Liz Nugent ++ Read More

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Tedinburh_international_book_festivalhis three week celebration of the written word is the largest of its kind in the world. Entry to the gardens is free. Here visitors can soak up the atmosphere, browse the bookshops, enjoy refreshments from the cafe or bar and choose from a programme of over 800 events. When? The next Book Festival is on 12-28 August 2017 Where? Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more

The Winchester Writers’ Festival brings emerging writers together for three days of workshops, talks, and networking with over 70 acclaimed authors, poets, screenwriters, literary agents and editors. This year’s Festival takes place at the University of Winchester on 16-18 June and writers working in any form or genre may book for one day, two days or all three days.

Attendees can chose from 18 all-day workshops, 27 talks and book up to four one-to-one appointments with literary agents, editors and other publishing experts. Listen to Lemn Sissay MBE give the Keynote address, sign up for open mics and put questions to a panel of independent publishers. The Festival offers ten free places to writers aged 18-25, and runs ten writing competitions. For details of the full programme and how to book, along with information about the competitions and Festival Scholarship Scheme, visit www.writersfestival.co.uk. Attendees can book to come for one day, two days or all three days.When? 16-18 June 2017 Where? University of Winchester campus, Winchester, Hampshire Who? Lemn Sissay MBE is the 2017 Keynote Speaker, plus over 70 top literary agents, commissioning editors and authors. 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

BeaconLit - The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing


BeaconLit's fifth one-day festival, in 2017, offers another exciting mix of author panels, live interviews, workshops and readings. An engaging offering with both experinced authors and new voices sharing the platform.

When? 8th July 2017 Where? Brookmead School High Street Ivinghoe Buckinghamshire LU7 9EX Who? 2017 - Hugh Fraser (Poirot's Captain Hastings, now a thriller writer), romantic novelists Jean Fullerton, Christina Jones and Hywela Lyn Dave Sivers + Read more

sidmouth_literary_festivalThe 2017 line-up of authors includes acclaimed crime writer Sophie Hannah; the Daily Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon; the best-selling romantic novelist Adele Parks; plus the fiction editor of My Weekly magazine. There will be ‘inside stories’ from Noel Smith, once a high-security prisoner and now an author. When? Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June, 2017 Where? Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8ND Who? 2017 - Sophie Hannah, Tim Pears, Adele Parks, Bryony Gordon, Jane Corry, Alyson Hallett. Read more


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Planning Ahead


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. This years 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. 

Previous names include PD James, Max Hastings, Victoria Hislop, Kate Adie, Michael Portillo, Katie Fforde and AN Wilson. 

As a registered charity, the festival aspires to bring quality affordable events to Wantage, be entertaining and educational. Each year the festival committee also fund a free schools programme involving many of the local primary schools and King Alfred's Academy. When? Saturday 22nd October – Sunday 30th October 2016. Read More

Featured Authors

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Paul Goodwin is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Bath, where he taught and researched forecasting and decision making. He has a PhD from Lancaster University and an MSc from Warwick University and he has acted as a consultant to both leading companies and government departments.

An award winning lecturer, he regular gives talks and keynote speeches around the world to audiences ranging from hospital surgeons to curators of art galleries. He has written numerous articles and papers and he is the co-author of a bestselling book on decision making, now in its fifth edition. Since 2005 he has been the editor of the Hot New Research column for Foresight magazine and he is a former editor of the International Journal of Forecasting. In 2013 he was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the International Institute of Forecasters in recognition of his contribution to forecasting.

His latest book, Forewarned: A Sceptic’s Guide to Prediction, waspublished by Biteback Publishing in July, 2017. Read more

Andrew Smith


Andrew Smith is an author of historical fiction. He enjoys creating stories and characters surrounding actual historic events. His first novel, 'Edith's War,' is centred on the internment of Italian men in Britain during World War II. His second novel, 'The Speech,' has as its main event Enoch Powell's infamous Rivers of Blood speech in 1968 — often alluded to today, as it was in Parliament during the recent Brexit debate, and on many other recent occasions. Read more

Chris Mullin

chris_mullin_hinterland MP for Sunderland South 1987-2010; a minister in three departments – Environment, International Development and the Foreign Office.  Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee.  Author of eight books, including the novel ‘A Very British Coup’ which was made into a successful television series and three widely acclaimed volumes of diaries. Read more

margaret_atwoodMARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. More

Jacqueline Wilson


Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total now stands at over 35 million! Read more

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Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker

Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise. Read more

Steve Dolman

steve_dolam_cricket_authorSteve played club cricket for 47 years and then retired from the game to write about it. He is the author of two critically-acclaimed books on cricket, one of which sold out three editions in six months and is now sold out. Read more

May 2017 Literary Festivals Dates

Barnes Children's Literature Festival, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 2017

Aberdeen Writers Festival - Word – University of Aberdeen Writers Festival ran from 1999-2011 and has morphed into a broader May Festival.

Bath Festival -

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival - 2017 Festival Dates – 26 – 28 May

Boswell Book Festival - 12th- 14th May, 2017

Charleston Literary Festival -Friday 19 to Monday 29 May 2017

Cheltenham Poetry Festival- May 5-14 2017

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival , West Kent - 30 April-Tuesday 2 May 2017

Chipping Camden Literature Festival -9-14 May, 2017

Crimefest - Bristol - 18– 21 May 2017

International Literature Festival Dublin - 20-28 May 2017

Finchley Literary Festival - 2017 TBC - formerly Greenacres Writers' Literary Festival

Fowey Festival of Words and Music - May 6th to 13th, 2017

Greenwich Book Festival, London - Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May, 2017

Guernsey Literary Festival - Next festival - 10-14th May, 2017

Hay Festival - 25 May—4 June, 2017

Hexham Book Festival - 2017 Festival dates are 28th April to 7th May

Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine - 19-21 May, 2017

Newcastle Poetry Festival - 9th-13th May 2017

Oundle Festival of Literature - Now a rolling series throughout the year

Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) - 13-18th May, 2017

Poetry-next-the-sea, Wells-next-the-Sea - 5th-7th May, 2017. The 20th Annual Festival

Scarborough Literature Festival - 26 April -1 May 2017

Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest - Friday 28th April through to Monday 1st May, 2017

Strokestown International Poetry Festival -27th – 30th April 2017 (usually first weekend in May)

St. Ives Literature Festival - Usually the middle week in May

Swindon Festival of Literature - 1st - 13th May, 2017

Salisbury International Arts Festival - 26 May- 10 June 2017

Surrey Heath Literary Festival - Ran from 2010-2014 this literary festival was inspired by local Cllr Tim Dodds. Nice one Tim.

Ullapool Book Festival -May 5-7, 2017

Wrexham Carnival of Words -  Saturday 29th April - Saturday 6th May 2017





June Literary Festivals

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FEATURED June 2017 Literary Festivals

Sun,Sea and Books - Sidmouth Literary Festival - Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June, 2017

BeaconLit - The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing -8th July 2017

Balham Literary Festival - 8th-11th June, 2017 Belfast Book Festival - 7 – 17 June, 2017

Borders Book Festival - 15th – 18th of June, 2017

Bradford Literature Festival- 2017 - 30th June -9th July

Broadstairs Dickens Festival - 2017 - 17th-23rd June (80th year celebration)

Chalke Valley History Festival - 26th June – 2nd July 2017

Charles Causley Festival -2017 - Thursday 1st to Monday 5th June 2017

Chichester Fesitval -  2017. 17 June to 16 July

Crossing the Tees: Middlesbrough and Stockton Book Festival 2017 - 9-24th June

Dalkey Book Festival -15-18 June 2017

Derby Book Festival - 9 - 17 June 2017

Flamstead Book Festival - 2017- 1st June

Hay Festival - 25 May—4 June, 2017

Hinterland- Festival of Literature and Art - Kell, Ireland - 22-25 June, 2017

Hebden Bridge Festival - 23 June-2 July, 2017

Howth Midsummer Literary Arts Festival, Ireland -June 9th to 11th, 2017

Ilminister Literary Festival - Somerset. May 31st-– 8th, 2017 

Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing -June 14- 18, 2017

Kibworth Book Festival - Rolling events through June - Leicestershire

Listowel Writers' Week, County Kerry - 31st May to 4th June 2017

Manchester Childrens Book Festival - 13th June - 15th July, 2017. Most events in 2017 focused on weekend of 23rd-24th June.

Proms at St Jude's Music and Literary Festival (Hampstead, London)- 24 June - 2 July 2017

RS Thomas Literary Festival - Aberderon, North Wales - 9- 11 June 2017

Sidmouth Literary Festival - East Devon - 23-25 June, 2017

Stoke Literary Festival - 8-10 June, 2017

Stoke Newington Literary Festival - 2017 2-4th June

Hay Festival - 25 May—4 June, 2017

Tiverton Literary Festival -22 June–25 June, 2017

University of Warwick Book Festival - 2017 TBC

Wembley Wordfest - Seems like it might be dead Jim. Any news anyone?

Winchester Writers’ Festival - 16-18 June 2017

Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe - 9-18th June 2017



July 2017 Literary Festivals

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Africa Writes - Festival of African Literature -30 June – Sunday 2 July 2017 , 2017

Ampthill Litfest (formerly Ampthill Literary Festival) TAKING A BREAK IN 2017 BACK IN JULY 2018

BBC Proms Literary Stream - The Literary component is sadly lacking these days. Just go along for the great music.

BeaconLit - The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing -8th July, 2017

Beyond the Border - Wales International Storytelling Festival - Biennial. 6-8 July2018

Bradford Literature Festival-30th June -9th July 2017

Brentford Children's Literary Festival - 22-30 July, 2017. Essex

 Buckingham Literary Festival - June 30th- July 2nd 2017

Buxton Festival, Derbyshire -7-23 July, 2017

Caerleon Festival - Literature on the Lawn - South Wales. July 8th, 2017

Chichester Fesitval - 17 June – 16 July, 2017

Cirencester Book Week - 25th July -30th July, 2016 (previously called Cirencester Children's Literary Festival

Curious Arts Festival (Arts festival with a literary stream) - 21-23 July 2017

Dartington Hall Way with Words Festival - 7- 17 July 2017

Evesham Festival of Words - Worcestershire - June 30th-Sunday 2nd July, 2017

Felixstowe Book Festival -1st-2nd July, 2017

Words @ Frome Festival - Frome Festival July 7-16th, 2017.

Harrogate International Festivals’ Raworths Literature and Lecture Series -Now staged in autumn?

Hebden Bridge Festival - 23 June-2 July, 2017

John Hewitt International Summer School - Monday 24th July to Sat 29th July, 2017

Lewes Speakers Festival - 21st, 22nd and 23rd July 2017

John Clare Festival - 14 - 16 July, 2017

Latitude Festival - July 13th -16th, 2017

Ledbury Poetry Festival - 30th June- 9 July, 2017

Leicester Book Festival - Now Kibworth Book Festival- through June

Manchester Childrens Book Festival - 13th June - 15th July, 2017. Most events in 2017 focused on weekend of 23rd-24th June.

Penzance Literary Festival -July 5-8, 2017

Port Eliot Lit Fest, Cornwall - 27th-30th July, 2017

Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival -Usually throughout July. Check official site

Theakston Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival - 20-23 July, 2017

TS Eliot Festival - 9th July, 2017

West Cork Literary Festival -July 14- 21, 2017