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A finalist in the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2016, the Huddersfield Literature Festival is an annual event held every March.

When? 4th-19th March, 2017 Where? Various, in and around Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Who? Ian Rankin, Jenni Murray and Alan Johnson are headlining at the Town Hall. Plus: Jake Arnott, Jenn Ashworth, James Bran, Paul Burston, Susie Dent, Kate Fox Joanne Harris, Sophie Hannah+ Read more


A fine line-up of biographers, historians, and historical fiction writers. Small audiences in a salon setting create an intimate and friendly atmosphere for authors and fans. When? 24-26 March 2017 Where? Channel Island of Alderney Who?- Elizabeth Chadwick, Andrew Lownie, Lloyd Shepherd+. More


The Oundle Festival of Literature runs a programme of all year round events More

NEXT EVENTS: Miriam Halahmy: The Emergency Zoo - Saturday 11th March at 2.30pm, The Great Hall, Oundle School, New Street, Oundle

An Evening with Matt Dickinson, award-winning writer and filmmaker. Saturday 11th March at 7.30pm, The Great Hall, Oundle School, New Street, Oundle -

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Winchester Writer's Festival Open for Booking 21-Feb-2017

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London Book & Screen Week 2017 unveils programme that goes from Hogwarts to Hygge in celebration 20-Feb-2017

David Nicholls, Roddy Doyle and Michael Morpurgo headline the seven-day festival A Soh..

Brixton: The Rialto at The Ritzy, ‘Cold Fire: Poetry inspired by David Bowie’ pamphlet launch 12-Feb-2017

On February 23 at The Ritzy in Brixton there'll be a launch for new The Rialto pamphlet 'C..

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Romantic Novel Awards Shortlists 2017 10-Feb-2017

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Shortlist Announced For The Inaugural Jhalak Prize or Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour 10-Feb-2017

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Shortlist For Stanford Dolman Travel Book Of The Year 10-Feb-2017

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Strong Demand As Publishing Scotland's Translation Fund Provides Over £25k To Help Scottish Writing 10-Feb-2017

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London Invitation: PEN Atlas presents Eritrea’s Forgotten Journalists 01-Feb-2017

Wednesday 8 February, 7pm, £12.50 The Frontline Clu..

London School of Economics Literary Festival 01-Feb-2017

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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

Swanwick 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. Prices start from £465 and the cost includes full board and evening entertainment. For aspiring writers between 18-30 there is the opportunity to apply for a place on the Top Write scheme at the heavily subsidised price of £100. When? 12-18 August 2017 Where? Swanwick Writers' Summer School The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AUWho? In 2017 - Sophie Hannah, ​Cathy Cassidy, ​Imogen Cooper. While Simon Hall, crime writer and BBC reporter will be in conversation with authors Sue Moorcroft, Jon Mayhew and Steve Hartley, extracting anecdotes, information and inspiration. Read more


The Stratford Literary Festival celebrates its 10 anniversary from 23 April 2017 with a feast of headine speakers including Mary Berry, Andrew Marr, Roy Hattersley, Paddy Ashdown, Tracy Chevalier, Ken Livingstone, Watertones Book of the Year Winner Sarah Perry and poet Simon Armitage. The line-up incudes discussions on politics and world affairs, history, music, mental health and comedy as well as workshops for writers and an extensive selection of events for children, with some of the biggest names in children’s literature including Rob Biddulph, and Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown. Performances include the Oxford Bach Soloists performing a new work to mark the death of poet Edward Thomas in WWI, and the hilarious Austentatious reworking Jane Austen as well as theatre for children with Playbox. Horrible Histories and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant bought to life. Read more


The Carnival of Words returns once again in 2017 under the guidence of Director Dylan Hughs to promote reading and writing across the Wrexham area and its communities, regardless of age or background.

When? Saturday 29th April - Saturday 6th May 2017.

Where? Glyndŵr University (Wrexham), Coleg Cambria, Wrexham Libraries and various comunity-based venues in the Wrexham area. Who? 2017 - Joanne Harris, Alan Johnson, Lucienne Boyce, Ben Kane, Deborah Swift, Sarah Perry, Aled Lewis Evans,+ Read More


Who? 2017 - Laurie Penny, Diarmaid McCulloch, Elif Shafak, Pankaj Mishra, Eimear McBride, Luce Irigarary and Ned Boulting + Read more


A small but quality group of Scotttish authors gather to entertain in this lovely location.

When? End of April. 29th-30th April, 2017. Who? 2017 - Alexander McCall Smith, Sue Lawrence, Christine de Luca + Where? Colonsay is in the Hebrides, Scotland. Read more


London's largest celebration of children's books the Barnes Children's Literature Festival returns Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 2017. 

More than fifty fun family events and activities are planned for around Barnes Pond over the weekend making Barnes London's largest dedicated children's literature festival.  Read more

Festival organiser,Helen Dunning, has put together a very nice programme with over 50 events to choose from in both English and Welsh. When? 25 March - April 2, 2017 Where? Various venues throughout Cardiff. Read more

Chagword - Dartmoor's Literary Festival in Chagford

Chagwood is biennial event and is back for the third time from the 17-19 March 2017. Where? Chagford is on Dartmoor Who? Peter Moffat, Hisham Matar, Michael Morpurgo + Read more

Cambridge Literary Festival

An twice a year literature festival held in the spring and winter in Cambridge and surrounding area. When? 18 - 23 April, 2017. 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 on12-28 August 2017 Where? Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more

oxford_literary_festivalOver 350 writers will flock to the famous university city for the 21st Oxford Literary. Hosted by the atmospheric Christ Church College with its Tudor hall and cloisters. When? Saturday, March 25, to Sunday, April 2, 2017. Read more

When? May Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 30 April-Tuesday 2 May 2017. Read more

Jewish Book Week (JBW)

Designed to appeal to all ages, faiths and ethnicities, focusing on subjects ranging from the spark that ignited all life on this planet to the inevitability of death and much that lies between. When? Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 March, 2017 Where? Kings Place, London N1 JW3, London NW3. Read more

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IAN SHIRCORE is an author and ghostwriter who has written a dozen books under his own name, including Loose Canon: The Extraordinary Songs of Clive James and Pete Atkin, John F Kennedy: The Life, The Presidency, The Assassination and Conspiracy: 49 Reasons to Doubt, 50 Reasons to Believe.. Read 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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MELINDA SALISBURY is a UK Young Adult author, originally from the midlands, now living on the south east coast of England.

Her first novel, THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER, published by Scholastic in 2015, was the bestselling UK YA Debut novel of 2015, and was nominated for multiple national and international awards. Rights have been sold in 17 countries to date. Her second novel, THE SLEEPING PRINCE was released in February 2016, with the third and final instalment of the series THE SCARECROW QUEEN to be published in March 2017. Television rights to the series have been sold to Little Island Productions. Read more

MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of morethan 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

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After a private performance for Her Majesty in 2005, wires got crossed and he ended up on four tours to Iraq and Afghanistan entertaining for Combined Services Entertainment. Woman’s Hour made him Forces’ Sweetheart and Joanna Lumley played his recording of “Tom Bowling” during her 2006 appearance on Desert Island Discs.  The book about his war-zone experiences: My Tutu Went AWOL! is being published by Unbound Books. Read More


CHRISTINE WEIR is a singer, singing teacher, songwriter, actor, and most recently author. Born in Scotland, Christine grew up in South Africa where she still lives. Christine's first book, ‘Shut your Trap and Sing!’ was published in December 2016. Christine is now looking to expand to the UK. Read more

Jennifer Gilmour


 A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, Jennifer Gilmour has amalgamated and fictionalised other survivors experiences alongside her own to write her first novel Isolation Junction, detailing the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.   Read More

Peter Taylor-Gooby


Peter's books how people live their lives in a diverse globalised capitalist world. In Ardent Justice, Ade struggles against the corruption of the City of London, where high finance and street homelessness flourish cheek by jowl. In The Baby Auction, Ed and Matt struggle to lead a passionate, humane and generous life in a world dominated by the market. Read More

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David Edward Williams (born 20 August 1971), known as David Walliams, is an English comedian, actor, author, television personality and activist, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch shows Little Britain, Rock Profile and Come Fly with Me.

Walliams is also a writer of children's books. By the end of 2014, he had sold over 4 million of these and has been described as "the fastest growing children's author in the UK": his literary style has been compared to that of Roald Dahl. Read more


Poet, PHILIP BURTON has gained many awards, winning the 2005 Lancaster litfest, the Teignmouth Poetry Festival competition 2014, and the Sentinel Literary Quarterly (August) poetry competition in the same year. He recently won Third prize in the Buxton Literary Festival poetry competition. Read more

February 2017 Festival Dates Dates On-hand

Cork International Poetry Festival -15 - 18 February 2017

Doolin Writers' Weekend - 3-5 February 2017 (Generally March but Feb date in 2017)

Jewish Book Week - Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 March, 2017

Limerick Literary Festival - 24 - 26 February, 2017

LSE Space for Thought Literary Weekend -Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February, 2017

Purbeck Literary Festival - 16 to 25 February, 2017

March 2017 Literary Festivals

Aldeburgh Literary Festival - 2-5 March 2017

Alderney Literary Festival -24-26 March 2017

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival - 19-19 March, 2017

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival - 25 March - April 2, 2017

Chagword - Dartmoor's Literary Festival in Chagford- 17-19 March, 2017

Ennis Book Club Festival (Ireland)-3-5 March, 2017

Headingley Lit Fest - Rolling series through March

Huddersfield Literature Festival - 4-19 March, 2017

Kings Lynn Fiction Festival - 10-12 March, 2017

Stanza: Scotland's Poetry Festival, St. Andrews - 1 - 5 March, 2017

Weymouth Leviathan - Maritime Literary Festival - - 25-17 March, 2017

York Literature Festival 16 - 30 March, 2017



April 2017 Literary Festivals Dates On-hand

Cambridge Wordfest - 18 - 23 April, 2017

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival - 25 March - April 2, 2017

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

Chipping Camden Literature Festival - 9-14 May, 2017

Colonsay Book Festival - 29-30 April, 2017

Cúirt International Festival of Literature (Galway, Ireland) -23- 30 April 2017

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

Scarborough Literature Festival - 26 April -1 May 2017

Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival - Spring Festival: 23 - 30 April 2017

Strokestown International Poetry Festival -27th – 30th April 2017

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival Saturday, March 25, - April 2, 2017

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


May 2017 Literary Festivals Dates On-hand

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

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

Bath Festival -

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

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

Bournemouth Festival of Words - 2017 TBA

Brighton Festival

Chalfont St Giles and Jordans Literary Festival - Biennial in even years.

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

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

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

Prestwich Book Festival - Started off in 2011 and ran until 2014 as far as we can tell. Info anyone?

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