Summer 2015 Edition

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Now in its 35th year, the Winchester Writers' Festival aims to nurture new and emerging creative writers. This year, the Writers’ Festival takes place on 19 – 21 June with three days of courses, workshops, talks and 750 one-to-one appointments with around 70 literary agents, commissioning editors, best-selling authors and publishing experts. When? 19-21 June, 2015 Where? University of Winchester campus, Hampshire More


NEW IN 2015- NiddFest Literary Festival -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 life as 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

Still to go in May 2015

Where? Upton Cross,Cornwall Who? Eliot winners David Harsent and Sinead Morrissey+ More

Hay Festival -Thursday 21 May through to Sunday 31 May 2015

Listowel Writers' Week, County Kerry - 27 May - 31 May, 2015


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 sense of 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


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Summer of Literary Festivals

JUNE 2015

Althorp Literary Festival - 11-13 June, 2015

BeaconLit - The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing - 27 June 2015

Belfast 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

JULY 2015

Africa Writes - Festival of African Literature - 3-5th July 2015

Ampthill Literary Festival - Saturday 11th July, 2015

Buxton Festival, Derbyshire - 10- 26 July, 2015

Caerleon Festival - Literature on the Lawn - South Wales - Saturday 4th July, 2015

Chichester Fesitval - June/mid- July

Curious 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

Harrogate International Festivals’ Raworths Literature and Lecture Series - 2-13 July, 2015

John Hewitt International Summer School -Monday 27th July – Friday 31st July 2015

Lewes Speakers Festival -17th July – 19th July 2015

NiddFest Literary Festival - Celbrating 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

Festival and Award News

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US Next Generation Indie Book Award Winners 22-May-2015

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McCall Smith Wins Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for his novel Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party 21-May-2015

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Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Announces Launch of #ThisBookClub Campaign 19-May-2015

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The 2015 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year 19-May-2015

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UK Crime Writers' Association 2015 Dagger Awards Shortlists 19-May-2015

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Women Dominate Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction Shortlist 19-May-2015

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Worldwide Invitation to Submit Work for Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award 19-May-2015

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Attention of all women fiction writers: 4th Virginia Prize for Fiction Now open for submissions 13-May-2015

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The Rise and Rise of Literary Festivals

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: Literary Festival County

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.'s Kevin Parker gives an overview of the Cornish Literary Calendar. More

Canterbury Folk Festival - Midsummer Music in Canterbury

A new weekend music festival in the heart of the beautiful, historical cathedral city of Canterbury. The event will be staged in the lovely Dane John Gardens. June 27th- 28th 2015. More

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Featured Authors


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

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Julia Suzuki - Clive Cussler - Kev Reynolds - Michael Morpurgo - Ricky Baxter -

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

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Carol-Ann Duffy - Jill Dawson - Hilary Mantel - Beatrix Campbell - DD Johnston - Danielle Steel

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

Previously Featured Authors

Ian Rankin - Catherine Fisher - Sebastian Faulks - Dougie Brimson - -Ruth Rendell

James McGee is an English novelist known for his historical adventure novels about a fictional Bow Street Runner, Matthew Hawkwood. McGee's historical novels are set during the Regency period, when Britain was at war with Napoleon. More

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Vincent Hunt - Christine L Conroy - CS Boag - Clive James - David Pollard -