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Alderney Literary Festival


The Alderney Literary Festival is the Channel Island's boutique history festival, where people who enjoy reading and writing about the past come together to talk books and have a great weekend. The Festival has as its constant theme the interpretation of history and the convergence of historical fact and literary fiction. ​ When? Alderney Literary Festival of Historical Literature will be held on 29th-31st March, 2019 Where? The Festival is held on the lovely Channel Island of Alderney in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Festival events are held in Island Hall, St. Anne. Who? 2019 - Anthony Riches, Kate Williams, Nuala Calvi, Ben Kane, Abir Mukherjee, Duncan Barrett, Alex von Tunzelmann, Clare Mulley, Mark Oldfield, Mary Lyn Bracht (Festival Debut Author). Read More


VERVE Festival of Poetry & Spoken Word

A four day festival of sparkling poetry and awe inspiring spoken word in the heart of Birmingham's vibrant city centre. When? 14-17 Feb 2019 Where? Birmingham City CentreWho? 2019 - Announced Nov 12 2018. Read More


BIG LIT The Stewartry Book Festival 

BIG LIT is friendly four day festival of all things literary based in the small rural town of Gatehouse of Fleet. It offers talks, workshops, installation, exhibition, music, poetry and prose, with a popular strand for young people. The town is central to the region of picturesque Dumfries and Galloway, is rich in accommodation, cafes and bars and by popular acclaim the prettiest in the region When? Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland - 2 - 5 May, 2019 Where? Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland Who? 2019 - Bernard McClaverty, Hugh Pym, Peter Marinker, Annette Badland, Henry Bell, Owen Lowery, Sue Lawrence, Ted Powell, Janis McKay,Alan Taylor,Rosemary Goring, Brian Johnstone. Read More




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, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers to help celebrate the joy of the written word. The programme will include debates, interviews, presentations and workshops all hosted in a selection of wonderful venues in and around this lovely part of the home counties. When? Friday 8th to Sunday 17th November 2019 Where? Tring, Hertfordshire. (Various venues). Read More

2019 Festivals - below are that dates that I have on-hand for those of you planning ahead

January/February 2019 Literary Festivals

Doolin Writers' Weekend - 25th-27th January 2019. Ireland

Faversham Literary Festival, Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February 2019- Kent.

VERVE Festival of Poetry & Spoken Word - 14-17 Feb 2019, Birmingham City Centre

Limerick Literary Festival - 22nd-24th February 2019. Ireland

Newham Word Festival, East London,25 February – 10 March 2019.

North Herts Book Festival - Rolling series generally through February

Weston Literature Festival-  Friday 22nd February – Friday 1st March 2019. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

March 2019 Literary Festivals

Aldeburgh Literary Festival - Thursday 28th to Sunday 3rd March 2019

Alderney Literary Festival - 2019 Alderney Literary Festival of Historical Literature 29th-31st March.

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival - 2019 March

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival - 30th March to 7th April, 2019

Chagword - Dartmoor's Literary Festival in Chagford- Biennial. Next festival, March 22 – 24 March 2019

Cork International Poetry Festival - March 19th - 23rd, 2019

Diva Literary Festival - (biennial) 5-17, March, 2019

Ennis Book Club Festival - 1st-3rd March 2019

Essex Book Festival - Throughout March each year.

Fishbourne Literary Festival 'Fishbourne Loves Books' - Saturday 30th March, 2019 - West Sussex

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival - March 30 and April 7, 2019

Headingley Lit Fest - Rolling series through March

Huddersfield Literature Festival - 21st-31st March, 2019

Jewish Book Week - Saturday March 2nd to Sunday 10th March, 2019

Kings Lynn Fiction Festival -   5-17 March, 2019.

Oxford Literary Festival - March 30 April 7, 2019

Stanza: Scotland's Poetry Festival, St. Andrews - Wednesday 6 and Sunday 10 March 2019

Teignmouth Poetry Festival – 21 to 24 March 2019

York Literature Festival - Usually mid to end of March

April Literary Festivals

Ampthill Litfest (formerly Ampthill Literary Festival) Saturday 27th April 2019 

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival - 30th March- 7 April, 2019

Chipping Norton Literary Festival - 25 - 28 April 2019

Colonsay Book Festival -  April 27 and 28, 2019

Cúirt International Festival of Literature (Galway, Ireland) -April 8 – 14th, 2019

Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, Gloucestershire, Cotswalds - Saturday 27th April 2019

Hexham Book Festival - Friday 26th April to Sunday 5th May, 2019

Laugharne Weekend Festival -Weekend 5 Apr 2019 - 7 Apr 2019

Oxford Literary Festival - March 30 April 7, 2019

Scarborough Literature Festival - 11 -14 April 2019

Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival -Spring Festival: 28th April-5th May 2019

Wrexham Carnival of Words -  27th April to Saturday 4th May 2019

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