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The Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival celebrates 10 years this year with 5 days of authors, panel discussions, workshops, and events for children - all set beside the sea on the stunning Jurassic Coast. This year's events include an exclusive masterclass with Festival president, Dame Hilary Mantel. When? 19th – 23rd September 2018 Where? In various venues around the town including the Public Hall, the Temple Church and St Peters Church as well as the Budleigh Playhouse. Budleigh Salterton is in Devon. Who? 2018- Lucy Worsley, John McCarthy, Michael Rosen, Dr Adam Rutherford, Wendy Cope, Dame Hilary Mantel, Patrick Gale, Kate Mosse, Sir Michael Morpurgo, Lucy Siegle, Dan Crickshank, Mary Colwell, Hannah Fry, SarahWinman, Kirsty Gunn. Read More

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The Beverley Nichols Weekend has been planned to celebrate and commemmorate the life of Glatton’s most famous resident on the 120th anniversary of his birth. Despite his prodigious creative ouput and position at the very centre of high society in the twenties and thirties, the memory of Beverley Nichols has faded in the public consciousness. In September 2018, the parish of Glatton and the Fenland Trust plan to rekindle interest in the life of a man who rubbed shoulders with the luminaries of his age in the place that he loved most; Glatton.The event will take place over the weekend 7th, 8th & 9th of September 2018. It is a joint venture between The Fenland Trust and Glatton Village in Cambridgeshire. When? 7th-9th September 2018 Where? Glatton, Cambridgeshire, UK Who? Talks by Terry Brignall MBE who has researched the life of Beverley Nichols and his home 'Allways' at Glatton. Read More

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

A 'small but perfectly formed' literary festival on the rugged North Cornish coast, the North Cornwall Book Festival offers talks, workshops, exhibitions, family events, school' days, concerts, readings, bookshop, café, and bar. When? 4 - 7 October 2018 Where? St Endellion, Cornwall. PL29 3TP Who? 2018 - Anne Enright, Joanna Trollope, Nina Stibbe,s Patrick Gale, Jill Murphy, Natalie Haynes. Read More

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Sevenoaks Literary Festival, now over a decade old, is a small book festival which aims to bring together readers and authors of books of real literary quality.  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? 21st September- 6th October, 2018. Read More

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The South Coast's newest Literary Festival, Hastings Litfest is focused on writing for writers, exploring the creativity, beauty and power of the written word across a whole host of genres. The event, whose Patron is Sir David Hare, is scheduled to take place from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September, 2018. Read More

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

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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

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

Each summer Charlotte Square Gardens in the heart of Edinburgh is transformed into a tented village for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This 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.Many events are free to attend, including daily readings, signings, workshops and children’s activities. When? 11th-27th August 2018. Read More

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The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

One of the oldest and best loved literature festivals in the world, lectures, poetry readings, children's events, interviews, storytelling, book groups, writing workshops, education projects, live literature. Over 100,000 tickets sell for the ten day event. As big as it gets.This autumn the event generally welcomes over 600 of the world’s greatest writers, poets, politicians, thinkers and stars to Cheltenham for an inspiring mix of debate and discussion. When? 5th-14th October 2018. Read More

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Althorp Literary Festival

The Althorp Literary Festival is a unique and intimate celebration of the written word which takes place against the backdrop of one of England’s most beautiful, private, historic houses. The event always features a good speaker line-up and the Festival Director, Kim Mundy, has once again booked some fine talent for 2018. There will also be pop-up shops, a variety of food and drink choices and an on-site spa service. Where? The Stables, Althorp, Northampton , England NN7 4HQ When? 5th, 6th & 7th October, 2018 Who? -Bernard Cornwall, Paula Byrne, Helen Castor, Peter Frankopan, Simon Jenkins+ More

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BROADSTAIRSLIT

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

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Wells Festival of Literature

Wells Festival of Literature was set up in 1992 to promote the love of books and of reading throughout the community. The Festival is run by a committee of volunteers, and is funded by ticket sales, competition entries and our generous local sponsors. It operates over nine days every October and celebrated it's 25th anniversary in 2017. Any surplus from the Festival is used to help fund local education projects. When? 19 - 27 October 2018. More

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Swanwick Writers' Summer School

Now in its seventieth year, 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. Prices start from £475 and the cost includes full board and evening entertainment. When? 11 - 17 August 2018 Where? Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire Read More

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David Parkins

 David was born in Kent and when twelve years old his family moved to Northumberland where he finished school and enlisted into the army as a trainee vehicle fitter.

He spent the next decade as a mechanic repairing tanks in Germany, West Berlin and Canada. He completed his service and his thirties saw him working as a police constable in Newcastle. He was promoted to Sergeant a week after his fortieth birthday. Half a dozen years’ later injuries caused whilst effecting an arrest compelled his early retirement.

Whilst convalescing, he pursued his interests which included volunteering as a gardener for a local National Trust property. He became involved with the maintenance of the property’s extensive woodlands and decided, illogically, to plant his own. He bought a field, signing the title deeds just after his forty-ninth birthday.

Fifteen years of intensive tree planting followed. His project attracted plenty of outside interest and soon David was writing woodland pamphlets to answer his visitors’ many questions. The pamphlets developed into his book – Saplings and Spades - the first royalty cheque arriving on the day of his first state pension payment. Read more or book David for your festival

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Debi Evans

In 2006 Debi co-wrote and self-published ‘The Secret Society of Dragon Protectors’ series of books with John MacPherson selling more than 50,000 copies worldwide. Upon returning to England in 2011 she rescued a Jack Russell from Dog’s Trust and embarked upon writing ‘The Secret Adventures of Rolo’ written from the perspective of her time-travelling dog including plenty of history, fact, fantasy and humour with the fourth book in the series just out (July 2018). The books are aimed primarily at 7-12 year olds and enjoyed by adults too. Debi successfully visits primary schools and adult groups in the UK and overseas to talk about her books and inspire creative writing. Read more or book Debi for your festival

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Clifford James Hayes

Clifford James Hayes began working at the age of five, as a cashier and bingo-caller in his father’s amusement arcade. Many years later, he managed to escape his bizarre, nouveau-riche upbringing (read the author’s autobiographical ‘Out Of My Head’ for more info on this) and do ’normal' things like go to University (to study Graphic Design) and get a life less extraordinaire. 

After stints as an award-winning designer (in the publishing, advertising and marketing sectors) he eventually set-up his own freelance design practice - and has been churning out thousands of book jacket designs, album sleeve artworks and the like ever since.

Downtime in the 'day job’ allows him to bang-out the occasional novel and be an independent publisher - he's written / illustrated / published about twenty titles, at time of writing. Most of his books are for children, with twists of Pythonesque humour thrown-in to amuse their parents. Some, like the 'Murkmyre Saga' books and the aforementioned 'Out Of My Head’ are grown-up, but still very silly. Read More or book Clifford for your festival

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Rochelle Poktar

Author of ‘The Arithmetic of Breasts and other stories’ and ‘Four Degrees of Separation’, Rochelle Potkar is the alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program, and Charles Wallace Writer’s fellowship, Stirling. She was the winner of the 2016 Open Road Review story contest for ‘The leaves of the deodar’. Her story ‘Chit Mahal (The Enclave)’ appears in The Best of Asian Short Stories, Kitaab International. Her poem, ‘The girl from Lal Bazaar’ was shortlisted for the Gregory O' Donoghue International Poetry Prize, 2018.

Her poem, ‘Skirt’ has been adapted into a poetry film by Philippa Collie Cousins (UK) for the Visible Poetry Project 2018, USA. Her latest book ‘Paper Asylum’ released in May 2018 by Copper Coin Publishing. Read More or book Rochelle for your festival

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David Harbourne

David Harbourne was born and brought up in Yorkshire, went away for a while and now lives in York. He first worked in the Ministry of Agriculture before moving into vocational education and training. He gave it all up to write his first travel book, Penguins under the porch: a Yorkshireman’s ode to Oamaru. This was either very brave or very foolish, depending on your point of view. (He prefers brave.) Read more or book David for your festival

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July Literary Festivals 2018

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Africa Writes - Festival of African Literature - Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July, 2018 

BeaconLit - The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing -Saturday July 14, 2018

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

Bradford Literature Festival- 29th June – 8th July 2018

Broadstairs Dickens Festival - 29th June – 8th July 2018

Brentford Children's Literary Festival - 21-28th July, 2018

Buxton Festival, Derbyshire -6-22 July, 2018

Caerleon Festival - Literature on the Lawn - South Wales. Part of a series of art and cultural events 5th to the 15th July, 2018

Chalke Valley History Festival - 25th June – 1st July 2018

Chichester Fesitval - 16 June to 15 July, 2018

Cirencester Book Week -2018 TBC (previously called Cirencester Children's Literary Festival)

Curious Arts Festival (Arts festival with a literary stream) - 20-22 July 2018

Dartington Hall Way with Words Festival - July6, 2018 to July 16, 2018

Evesham Festival of Words - Worcestershire - 29th June – Sunday 1st July, 2018

Felixstowe Book Festival -27th June 1 July, 2018

Words @ Frome Festival - Frome Festival 6th - 15th July, 2018

Hebden Bridge Festival - 22 June-1 July, 2018

John Hewitt International Summer School - Monday 23rd - Saturday 28th July 201

John Clare Festival - 13–15 July 2018 – the 225th anniversary of John C's birth.

Latitude Festival - July 12th -15th, 2018

Ledbury Poetry Festival - 29th June to 8th July 2018

Manchester Childrens Book Festival -2018 - Rolling series as far as we can tell. News anyone?

Penzance Literary Festival -From July 5-8, 2018

Port Eliot Lit Fest, Cornwall - 26th-28th July, 2018

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

Theakston Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival - 19-22 July, 2018

TS Eliot Festival - Early July - Sunday 8 July 2018

West Cork Literary Festival - Monday 16 - Friday 20 July 2018

August Literary Festivals

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Edinburgh International Book Festival -The next Book Festival is on 11th-27th August 2018

(The) Hastings Lit Fest - East Sussex - 31/08/2018 - 02/09/2018

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September Literary Festivals 2018

please confirm all dates and details via official site links on individual festival pages

ArchWay With Words Book Festival, London - September 22nd - 29th, 2018

Agatha Christie Festival 15th September, 2018

Appledore Book Festival -21st – 29th September 2018

Aspects Irish Literature Festival - 19 – 30 September, 2018

Banbury Literary Live - Banbury community and family literary event returns for its sixth year on 15th September, 2018, in its new home at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury town centre.

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

Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend Festival - Now the Omagh Literary Festival September 2018 TBC

Beverley Literature Festival -2018 TBC - Has morphed into "Out of this Word- Lit Up' and has combined with the Bridlington Poetry Festival

Beverley Nichols Weekend (The), Gatton, Cambridgeshire 7th-9th September, 2018

Bewdley Book Week - Seems to becoming a stream in the Bewdley Festival. 12th October to 21st October, 2018

Bloody Scotland - Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival - 21st-23rd September, 2018

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival -19th – 23rd September 2018

Bristol Poetry Festival - 2018 TBC

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, Ireland -31 August-2 September, 2018

Cardiff Book Festival 7th-9th September, 2018

Chiswick Book Festival - The 10th Chiswick Book Festival will take place from September 12th to 17th, 2018

Cork International Short Story Festival -2018 Festival Wednesday the 12th of September to Saturday the 15th

Eastbourne Book Festival - 2018 TBC

Essex Poetry Festival - Rolling series through September/October

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September Literary Festivals 2018

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival - 2018 TBA

(The) Hastings Lit Fest - East Sussex - 31/08/2018 - 02/09/2018

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

Islay Book Festival - 27th-30th September 2018

Jersey Festival of Words - 26th & 30th Sept 2018

King's Lynn Poetry Festival - 28-30 September 2018

Lincoln Book Festival -Monday 24th September - Saturday 29th September, 2018

Lowestoft Library Literary Festival (Oct some years) -2018 TBC

Manx Litfest - 25 September - 30 September 2018

Marlborough Literature Festival -28 – 30 September 2018

Moray Book Festival -2018 TBC

Morley Arts Festival (formerly Morely Literature Festival) -2018 TBC

Nairn Book and Arts Festival - 11th – 16th September 2018

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival - 13 – 16 September 2018

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

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

St Ives September Festival - 9th -23rd September, 2018

Tidelines Book Festival - North Ayreshire -28th- 30h September, 2018

Wigtown Book Festival - 21-30 September 2018

Wymondham Words Festival - 2018 Mid october -early November

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