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In this extended piece, Kevin Parker explores the phenomenal increase in literary festivals over the last decade. Why are they so popular? What do they contribite? What's in for the public and authors? Read More
The delightful Channel Island of Alderney is staging it's inaugural literary festival this year.
"History - Facts and Fiction" is the title of the 4-day festival which features over 20 different events - from authors presentations and talks and lively panel discussions to book-signings, one-to-one interviews, creative writing workshop,theatrical reenactement, historical tours. When? 19-22 March, 2015 Where? Alderney, Channel Isles Who? 2015 - Eleven of Britain's top historians, historical authors/broadcasters and fiction writers including, Manda Scott (aka MC Scott), Tom Holland , Clare Mulley, Simon Scarrow More
The inaugural festival weekend ran from 15-17 March 2013, and its successor is slated for 13-15 March 2015. The event received an Arts Council of England grant in October 2014 ensuring a 2015 programme. When? 13- 15th March, 2015 Where? Chagford, Dartmoor More
The inaugural Suffolk Libraries Bookfest in 2015 will feature a range of authors visiting Suffolk to give talks about their work and to hold some additional workshops. When? 6 -22 March, 2015 Who? In 2015 - Anne Shooter, Natalie Meg Evans, Simon Scarrow, Harriet Evans, Alison Weir and Kate Williams - the history girls Nicola Upson More
The inaugural event took place in 2014 organised by Daunt Books, one of London's leading travel and literary bookshops. A delightfully potent line-up in 2014 resulted in a successful affair - a fine way to keep independent book shops front and centre. When? Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March, 2015 Where? Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High St, London W1U 4QW More
Established in 2012 the festival takes place Ennis, County Clare, one of Ireland's most picturesque towns. A terrific concept where book clubs from all over are invited to come along to discuss books and be entertained by a mix of presentations covering poetry, politics and fiction. When? 6-8th March, 2015 Who? In 2015 - Catalpa - The Daughterhood - Paul Carson - Des O’Malley - Evelyn O’Rourke - Katie Hannon - Niall Williams - Mary Costello More
The event is run by The Aldeburgh Bookshop which has been in business for nearly 60 years. The owners, John and Mary James, took on the shop in 2000 . In April 2005 they won a 'Nibby' (the Oscar of the booktrade) for Independent Bookshop of the Year at The British Book Awards. Impressive. When? The 14th Aldeburgh Literary Festival. The dates for next year's Festival are Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March 2015. Where? Aldeburgh, Suffolk. More
Celebrating its 8th year in 2015, The Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival is a mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour.
Festival Director, Annie Ashworth, has built the event into a formidable affair ensuring that Stratford is right up there with the very best regional Litfests throughout the nation. When? Saturday, 25th April to Sunday, 3rd May 2015 Where? Stratford Upon Avon
Celebrating its 8th year in 2015, The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival will be held be..
Celebrating its 8th year in 2015, The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival will be held be..
The Port Eliot Festival, formerly known as the Port Eliot Lit Festival, features an eclectic mix of writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians and claims to be "one of GBs most original, magical, bohemian, bookish, colourful, musical and comic festivals" - fair call. When? July 30th -August 2nd, 2015 More
The Folio Prize Fiction Festival, hosted by the British Library and sponsored by The Folio Society, is back for a second year in 2015.
The three-day festival (Friday 20 March to Sunday 22 March 2015) will open with a new initiative, The Folio Society Lecture, which will be delivered by the internationally acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The winner of The Folio Prize will be announced on Monday 23 March at a ceremony at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in central London.
The festival programme will again feature authors and critics from The Folio Prize Academy alongside the Prize judges and shortlisted authors. Leading the billing are judges Rachel Cooke, William Fiennes (Chair), Mohsin Hamid, A.M. Homes and Deborah Levy, who will appear alongside the writers confirmed so far: Alex Clark, Joe Dunthorne, Suzy Feay, A.L. Kennedy, Mark Lawson, Sam Leith, Eimear McBride, Val McDermid, Jon McGregor, Neel Mukherjee, Erica Wagner and Jeanette Winterson. More
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. LiteraryFestivals.co.uk's Kevin Parker gives an overview of the Cornish Literary Calendar. Read more
The Winner of the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize is Plum Johnson, author of They Left Us Everything, publ..
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From a record number of entries the judges for the 2015 New Angle Prize for Literature have narrowed..
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The Fowey Festival of Words and Music has announced its 18th annual event will be held between the 9..
Prime Minister and MP for West Oxfordshire David Cameron has officially launched the 2015 p..
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The longlist has been revealed for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction to be awarded a..
When George Wilkinson and John Moore founded the world's longest continuously running event of its k..
The world renowned literary event in historic Oxford buildings runs from Saturday 21st - Sunday ..
The first line-up for the Australian and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts in London h..
Submissions are being accepted for the 2015 Janice Keck Literary Awards. The award is in hon..
In 2015 the festival returns for its eigth outing and includes author events, storytelling, theatre, cinema and loads more. There is also traditionally a guided tour of York’s sites of literary merit. When? 19th - 29 March , 2015 Where? Various locations around York, including York Theatre Royal, York St John University, Waterstone's, local pubs and cafes. Who? 2015 - Dr David Starkey, Jenni Murray, Polly Toynbee and Helen Lederer More
Founded in 2013 the festival returns in March 2015. With over 50 events to choose from, book lovers from toddlers to teens will be inspired by some of the best local and national contemporary authors and illustrators in both English and Welsh. When? 24-29 March, 2015 Where? Wales Millennium Centre , Cardiff Who? 2015 - Emma Dodd, Jonathan Meres, Lydia Monks, more
Founded in 1998, it is held each March in St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university town. Themes for StAnza 2015 are Unfinished Business, and an Archipelago of Poetry. Where? St Andrews, Fife, Scotland When? 4 - 8 March, 2015 More
Huddersfield Literature Festival supports and showcases established and emerging writers, side by side. The 2015 Director is Michelle Hodgson. When? 5-15 March 2015, with a theme of 'Into the Future. Where? Various locations around Huddersfield. Events are usually planned at The Peacock Lounge, Huddersfield University, the Media Centre and the Lawrence Batley Theatre. More
D.D. Johnston was born in Scotland in 1979. His first novel, Peace, Love & Petrol Bombs, was a Sunday Herald Book of the Year in 2011 and is published in Spanish as Paz, amor y cócteles molotov.His experimental second novel, The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub, was a 2013 book of the year in The Morning Star, where it was described as “determinedly extraordinary”. His suspense thriller, The Secret Baby Room, will be published by Barbican Press in July 2015. He lives in Cheltenham and works at the University of Gloucestershire, where he is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing and a University Teaching Fellow. He also runs the online writing tips .com website. Read more
Christine L Conroy was a successful designer/business woman for many years before disaster struck her family. The personal journey that followed dramatically changed her perspective on life. She discovered purpose, meaning and true, long lasting happiness. Her book, Stitch your own Silver Linings: A breakthrough guide to helping yourself to happiness – no matter what, was written to help others do the same. Read More
Australian resident Jane Eales was born in London, in 1947 and at 5 weeks, was adopted into a family with a German Jewish father, a British mother, and a seven year old son. Two years later, they emigrated to Zimbabwe. When she was 18 she left home and moved to Johannesburg in South Africa. She met Rob in Johannesburg, they married in Oxford, returned to South Africa, and ten years later, in 1980, they emigrated with their family to Sydney Australia.
In 2005, she met her biological half-brother for the first time at Canary Wharf, and stopped working to explore her family history. Flooded with information, and as a way of making sense of everything, she began to write. As layer upon layer of family history emerged, she was often asked ‘why don’t you write a book?’ and Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs is the result. Read More
Every year, hundreds of writers and other literary professionals around the world are imprisoned, prosecuted, persecuted, attacked, threatened, forced into exile or even murdered as a result of their work. English PEN’s International Campaigns seek to defend and support these writers and their families, and to help bring about the necessary changes to make the freedom to write a reality around the world. PEN International. Join Enlish Pen today to support this invaluable work.
As we enter the season of literature festivals, bookings are taking off for events all over the country – and there’s no getting away from the fact that many of these book lovers will be women. Believe it or not, 75% of literature festival goers are female.
Book clubs too are predominantly driven by women. It comes as no surprise, then, that books come pretty high up a woman’s agenda. togetherfriends.com is a women's friendship site that provides an opportunity to meet other booklovers and perhaps arrange a trip to a literary festival or two. Read More
Over 350 writers flock to the famous university city to discuss affairs literary, political, historical, environmental and culinary - to name just a few - for the eight-day Oxford Literary Festival, hosted by the atmospheric Christ Church College with its Tudor hall and cloisters. When? March 21 - March 29. 2015 More
Hay Festival was founded around a kitchen table in 1987 and continues to attract the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians to inspire, delight and entertain. Still the best literary festival in the country? When? Thursday 21 May through to Sunday 31 May 2015 More
600+ authors attend 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. When? October 2-11, 2015 More
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