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When? Petworth Literary Week Saturday 26th October -Sunday 3rd November, 2019 Where? Leconfield Hall Petworth, St Marys Church Petworth, West Sussex Who? Major names for 2019 include broadcasters James Naughtie and Jenni Murray; film and tv star David Suchet; ‘Great British Bake-Off’ star Prue Leith CBE; Historian and Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tristram Hunt; and comedian Jenny Eclair. Read More


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


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 SuffolkWho? 2019 - Ian McEwan Ruth Jones Pam Ayres Kate Mosse Tracy Borman Andrew Lownie John Higgs + Read More


Taunton Literary Festival is organised and marketed by Brendon Books, Taunton’s independent bookseller, making it a unique event with an eye on overlooked corners of the publishing market, as well as the big names and bestsellers. The organisers believe that independent bookshops have an important role to play in the local community , which is why Taunton Literary Festival was born, in 2010. When? 2-29 November 2019 Where? Taunton, Somerset Who? Simon Heffer,Nessa Carey, Adele Parks, Kate Brand, Alan Johnson. Read More


Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival returns to Carlisle in October for its sixth successive year from Thursday 26th September to Tuesday 8th October, 2019. A festival for readers and writers, with talks, poetry and workshops held in various venues in the city centre, including the Cathedral.The event is run by four partners, the Bookends Bookshop, Cumbria Library, Carlisle Cathedral and the Tullie House Museum. When? 26th September - 8th October, 2019 Where? Various venues throughout Carlisle Who? 2019 - Louise Minchin, Tim Farron, Razwan Ul-Haq, Lauren Sharkey, Jackie Morris, Ann Cleeves, Joanne Harris, Adele Parks, Alexander Mccall Smith, Natan Filer, Sue Armstrong, Emma Decent, Angela Gallop, Nathan Haynes, Amanda Owen, Gervase Phinn, Hunter Davies. Read More



Now in its third year and going from strength to strength, Cuckfest is a small book festival in the attractive village of Cuckfield, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex. When? October 3rd-6th, 2019. Who? Robin Ince, Adrian Tinniswood, Maggie Gee, Alan Judd, Jenni Murray, Vanessa Berridge, Clare Clark, John Crace, Peter Guttridge, Ed Halliwell, Rachel Hore+ 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 4pm. 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

Stratford literary Festival Winter Weekend. The Winter Weekend takes place over the first weekend in November.


When? Winter Weekend 1st-3rd November, 2019 Where? Stratford Upon Avon Who? 2019 Winter Festival - Max Hastings, Jess Phillips, Jenny Eclair, John Humphreys, Carrie Gracie, Tom Holland, Trevor McDonald, Emma Smith, Ned Palmer, David Palmer on Laurie Lee. Read More


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October Literary Festivals - (confirmed events)


Salisbury Literary Festival, Wiltshire. 18-20 October 2019

Sevenoaks Literary Festival , Kent. 20 September to 5 October, 2019

Southam Book Festival, Warwickshire. Main Events - Sunday October 20th 11a.m. to 4p.m. Also October 2nd , 8th, 15th and 22nd. All at 7.15p.m.

Wantage Literary Festival - 26th October - 2nd November, 2019 (October School Holiday Weekend)

Althorp Literary Festival - The 16th Althorp Literary Festival will take place in Autumn 2020

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

Berwick Literary Festival - 17th to 20th October 2019

Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival - 4th, 5th, 6th October 2019 

Birmingham Literature Festival - 3rd-13th October, 2019

Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival 30th September - 6th October 2019

Bristol Festival of Literature - 18th-27th October, 2019

Canterbury Festival - 19th October-November 2nd, 2019

Cheltenham Literature Festival - 4-13 October, 2019

Cuckfield BookFest - West Sussex 3rd – 6th October 2019

Derby Book Festival Autumn Edition - October 26th & 27th 2019

Dorchester Literary Festival - 15-20th October, 2019

Durham Book Festival - 5th-13th October, 2019

East Riding Festival of Words , Yorkshire 18th-20th October, 2019

Essex Poetry Festival - Rollling series through September/October Frinton Literary Festival - 17th October -20th October, 2019

Guildford Book Festival - 6-13 October, 2019

Henley Literary Festival -September 28– October 6, 2019

Hillingdon Literary Festival - Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2019

Humber Mouth Literature Festival - 2019 TBC

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

Isle of Wight Literary Festival - 10th-13th October, 2019

Literary Dundee - now appears to be a stream in Festival of the Future (from 2018). Wed 16 – Sun 20 Oct, 2019

Liverpool Literary Festival 12th October 2019

Marlborough Literature Festival -Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 September, 2019

Manchester Literary Festival - 4th - 20th October 2019

Mere Literary Festival - 7th – 11th October 2019 

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

North Cornwall Book Festival - 10-13th October, 2019

Off the Shelf Festival of Words 5th -26th October, 2019

Omagh Literary Festival Honouring Bendidict Kiely (formerly Bendidict Kiely Weekend) -11th-13th October 2019

Petworth Literary Week, West Sussex. Literary Week 26th October - 3rd November,2019

Portobello Book Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. 4-6 October 2019

Red Line Book Festival, Dublin, Ireland 7-13 October 2019

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

Salisbury Literary Festival, Wiltshire.18-20 October 2019

Scottish International Storytelling Festival - Thu, 17 Oct 2019 – Thu, 31 Oct 2019

Sevenoaks Literary Festival -- 20 September to 5 October, 2019

Sherborne Literary Festival - 23 - 25 October, 2019

Shoreham Wordfest - 27 September to 13 October 2019

Southam Book Festival, Warwickshire. Main Events - Sunday October 20th 11a.m. to 4p.m. Also October 2nd , 8th, 15th and 22nd. All at 7.15p.m.

Thame Arts & Literature festival - 17th to 20th October 2019

Times Literature Cheltenham Festival - 4-13 October, 2019

Wantage Literary Festival - 26th October - 2nd November, 2019 (October School Holiday Weekend)

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

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

Wimbledon Book Festival -3-13 October, 2019

Winchester Poetry Festival - Bienial- even years. The next festival takes place in October 2020.

Yeovil Literary Festival - Somerset - 31st October-4th November, 2019

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Laurie Graham was first published at the advanced age of 40 and is the author of 18 novels.  In 2019 the changing face of big house publishing forced her, along with many other mid-list writers, to publish independently. A former Daily Telegraph columnist, she is now an occasional contributor to the Daily Mail, the Spectator, and Slightly Foxed. Her latest book is called Dr. Dan's Casebook. Read more or book Laurie Graham for your festival



William Cash is an author, heritage campaigner, founder of Spear’s, writer New Statesman, Times, chair of the Catholic Herald and twice Editor of Year. His latest book, Restoration Heart (out September 10th, 2019) is a story of love, double divorce and redemption. It is a biography of the heart, and of a house. When William Cash suffers a post-divorce, mid-life breakdown, aged 43, life seemed bleak - but things were about to change. Like William himself, his old Shropshire family house Upton Cressett was in as much in need of being rescued and ‘fixed up’ as its owner. As William embarks on re-building his life and ruin of a country house, he starts looking again for love. But money, patience and the likelihood of ever finding family happiness soon start to run out. Read more or book William Cash for your festival



Zarina Macha is an author, blogger and musician born and raised in London, UK. She studied Songwriting and Creative Artistry at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford. She regularly writes a social comment blog titled 'The Zarina Macha Blog.' In her spare time she loves reading and fan-girling over Game of Thrones.She has independently published four books. Every Last Psycho and Anne are her young-adult fiction novels that deal with mental illness, drug abuse, domestic violence and coming-of-age. Art is a Waste of Time and Single Broke Female are her two poetry books. Read More or book Zarina for your festival


Nikki Bennett (pictured with co-creator of Cathedral, Arden Robinson) has seven collections of poetry, two CDs, and poems in various magazines and anthologies including: Artemis, Cheshire Prize Anthology 2013, Crazy Lit, De Facto, Hearing Voices, Magma, Partners' Aspire, Ravenglass, roundyhouse, The Book of Love and Loss, and The Poetic Bond. She has read at poetry groups and festivals in the UK, the USA and Europe. Read more


Peter Maher greatest passions have been for the arts and his search for his ancestral roots. That latter exercise has uncovered missing relatives, half-sisters and cousins all across the world. Peter's inaugural novel, Finding Annie: Travels with My Great Aunt - from Tipperary to Trenton N.J. flows from his research into his grandparents’ generation. Read More



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

November and December Literary Festivals 2019

Wantage Literary Festival - 26th October - 2nd November, 2019 (October School Holiday Weekend)

Bridport Literary Festival - Sunday 3rd – Sunday 10 November 2019

Canterbury Festival Canterbury Festival - 19th October-November 2nd, 2019

Cambridge Winter Wordfest -30 Nov - 1 Dec 2019

Chester Literature Festival - Saturday 9 November - Saturday 30 November 2019

Dalkey Creates - (Republic of Ireland) - 28-30th November, 2019

Dublin Book Festival-  14th – 17th November, 2019

Dulwich Literary Festival - November, 2018 TBC

Exeter Literary Festival, Devon 7th-10th November, 2019

Folkestone Literary Festival - Friday 15 – Sunday 24 November 2019

Furness Litfest- Cumbria -1st - 3rd November 2019

Gibraltar International Literary Festival -The next festival will be held between 14th – 17th November 2019

John O'Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival -2019 TBC

Lavenham Literary Festival - 15 - 17 November 2019, (biennial in odd years)

Looe Literary Festival - Usually mid-November - 2019 TBC

Louder Than Words Festival -  Fri 8th - Sunday 10th November, 2019

MurderOneFest Ireland's International Crime Writing Festival. Dublin. 1st-3rd November 2019

Poetry in Aldeburgh 8th - 10th November 2019 (formerly Aldeburgh Poetry Festival)

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

Shrewsbury Festival of Literature, Shropshire - This year's festival takes place over the weekend of 22nd to 24th November 2019

Stratford Literary Festival Winter Weekend 1st-3rd November, 2019

Stroud Book Festival -6-10 November 2019 (Gloucestershire)

Petworth Literary Week, West Sussex. Literary Week 26th October - 3rd November,2019

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

Taunton Literary Festival - Runs throughout November. 2-29 November 2019

Todmorden Book Festival, West Yorkshire - 1st-9th November, 2019

Tring Book Festival, Hertfordshire - Friday 8th to Sunday 17th November 2019

Wantage Literary Festival - 26th October - 2nd November, 2019 (October School Holiday Weekend)

Wymondham Words Festival - Autumn 2020

Yeovil Literary Festival - Somerset - 31st October-4th November, 2019

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