Currently tracking over 350 Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and nearly 100 more in Australia & New Zealand. Organisers can update details or send new listing info here.

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Authors, illustrators and poets are also invited to list their details. The site operates on an 'each according to their means' basis, so chip-in if you are able, but, if not, then please send details anyway. All care taken regarding festival details but please check out the details via official site links. Some events have been transient but I have kept details online for historical reference. The whole affair is a one-man show so your patience is appreciated if I don't get back to you immediately. Kevin Parker.

August | September

John Hewitt International Summer School - Northern Ireland -

This International Summer School is now in its 27th year. A five-day festival of culture and creativity. Events include a three-day creative writing workshop series for keen writers to hone their skills, to new fiction offerings from leading novelists from across the UK and Ireland, daily poetry readings, talks, debates, theatre and music. When? 28th July - 1st August, 2014 Where? The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Northern Ireland Who? Joseph O'Connor, Ruth Padel, Tom Paulin, Bernard MacLaverty + More

New Literary Festival - The Word: conwy_the_wordConwy: Y Gair

A new festival celebrating words of all kinds: from rap to braille, sign language, poetry, fiction, comic strips, graffiti art, song, performance and more. The Word is being held within the walls and on the historicquayside of this stunning world heritage site. Visitors can even go out onto the water with a writer for inspiration! When? August 15-17, 2014 Where? Conwy, North Wales Who? National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke , world word expert Professor David Crystal, performance poet Patience Agbabi, Young People's Laureate Martin Daws, poet and author Gladys Mary Coles and world renowned bookbinder Paul Delrue plus the touring replica Dylan Thomas writing shed. More

Henley Literary Festival

Chi-chi literature festival that always attracts prominent writers and journalists. Big events in an intimate setting for those who like to get up close and personal.

One of the great strengths of the Henley Literary Festival is the beautiful venues within the town. In previous years they have included Bix Manor, The Quince Tree, The Kenton Theatre, The River and Rowing Museum, Phyllis Court and The Hibernia.

emma_bridgewaterWhen? September 29 to October 5. Where? The riverside town of Henley-on-Thames hosts this 5 day event Who? In 2014- Paddy Ashdown, Bonnie Greer, veteran agony aunt Irma Kurtz, Sir Christopher Frayling, Jenny Colgan, Adele Parks, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Roger Bannister,  Emma Bridgewater (left) - More

Blenheim Palace Literary Festival at Woodstock

asha_at_woodstcokPreviously known as 'Woodstock', this event is one of the first major events of Britain's autumn literary season. It always has a jolly good boutiquish sort of line-up, and, what a setting - we nearly got run over in a local pub by a maruading group of Morris Dancers last time we were in the area.

Lead talent this year includes- Richard Dawkins and Alice Roberts. Other names confirmed include the American opera singer Jessye Norman, actress Maureen Lipman and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. Former Conservative cabinet minister Liam Fox will join a panel on Russia, in particular to discuss President Putin, globalisation and possible threats to world peace. When? 24 - 28 September 2014 Where? Alternating each day between Blenheim Palace and the adjoining historic town of Woodstock. More

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival

A 3-day festival celebrating the area's rich literary heritage. Many of the authors come from North London. When? Sunday 14th - Tuesday 16th September, 2014 Who? 2014 Speakers include Charles Spencer, Lynne Reid Banks, Jane Costello, Hugh Pym, Linda Grant, Saul David, Penny Vincenzi, Monique Roffey, Tom Wilkinson, Jenny Colgan, Alex Brummer, Robert Sackville-West, Ann Treneman, Nick Harkaway and Claudia Roden among over 80 others. More

 

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 -

Whether it’s exploring the disappearing art of letter writing and the power of the spoken word, or listening to those who hear inner voices or participating in a series of dialogues on the future of Scotland, the Edinburgh International Book Festival examines all aspects of communication this summer. Tell me more

Inverness Book Festival

From humble beginings in 2004 this event is now safely ensconced in its new family friendly summer holiday slot under the direction of local book buff Brid McKibben. The gathering affair follows on nicely from the Edinburgh extravanganza for those who have not yet had their literary fill.

Subjects ranging from the Antarctic with Gavin Francis to 20th Century Ireland with Man Booker shortlisted Sebastian Barry. Tartan Noir with Louise Welsh and Doug Johnstone; 1970s Chicago and beyond with Bonnie Greer. The timing of the festival lends itself perfectly to delve into the Independence Referendum with Robert Crawford and Iain MacWhirter as well as the centenary of the First World War with Nairn born Patrick Watt. Agent-in-residence this year is Isobel Dixon of Blake Friedmann. As well as being an agent, Isobel is also an accomplished and much published poet. When? Eden Court, 19-23 August 2014 Where? Inverness, Highlands of Scotland. More

In Brief

The Cirencester Children's Literary Festival is back for a second time in 2014 which is fantastic. The affair has added a couple of adult events in the evenings. Hope that they can all get bay sitters. When? 28th July - 2 August 2nd August, 2014 Where? Octavia's Bookshop and Cirencester Bingham Library Who? In 2014 -  Varjak Paw , Nicholas Allan, Jeff Norton. More

Oscar Wilde Festival - Founded by Sandra Coffey in 2013 this festival dedicated to the work and life of Oscar Wilde is back again for a second time in 2014 - and most welcome it is too for the many of us who adore Wilde's work. .  When? Friday September 5 to Sunday September 7, 2014. Where? Galway, Ireland Who & What? Brendamn Murphy, Eva O'Flaherty: "My Cousin Oscar" with Mary J Murphy, Dr David Clare, NUI Galway; John Cooper of Oscar Wilde in America and Patricia Leventon, UK actress. More

NEW - 2014 sees the inaugural Winchester Poetry FestivalWhen? 12-14 September, 2014 Where? Winchester, Hampshire Who? 2014 Writers taking part include Michael Longley, David Constantine, Edna Longley, Patience Agbabi. More

Manx Litfest -  A colourful celebration of the written word – four days of readings, Q&A panels, talks, library events, schools’ involvement, workshops and performance pieces. At the inaugural event in 2012 there were over 50 talks.When? - 24-28 September, 2014 Where? Isle of Man Who? 2014 - Mark Billingham and Martyn Waites, Nicola Morgan, Samantha Shannon. More

The Daily Telegraph Bath Festival of Children's Literature - is organised by a passionate and committed group of individuals in Bath, Bristol and the wider South West area who all love children's books, and are in some way connected to the world of children's book publishing. There are editors, booksellers, librarians, teachers and authors all on the organising committee. When? Friday 26 September – Sunday 5 October 2014 Who? 2014 - Michael Morpurgo, Henry Winkler, Benjamin Zephaniah, Dave McKean, Lauren Child, Steve Cole, Sally Green, Marcus Sedgwick, John Birmingham, Michael Rosen, Simon Mayo ++ More

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival- Words by the Sea- From quiet beginings in 2008 Budleigh has gone from strength to strength. It has attracted a first-class cast for 2014. Artistic Director Sarah-Jane Roberts and team have guided the vent into a solide top ten placing in our list of LitFests around the UK. Lovely part of the country for an autumn break. When? September 18 -21, 2014 Where? In various venues around the town Who? Paddy Ashdown, Mark Watson, Kate Mosse, Claudia Renton, Louise Doughty, Charles Spencer, Daljit Nagra, James Lovelock, Kate Atkinson, Michael Morpurgo,Linda Grant & Sadie Jones, Kate Adie, Hilary Mantel + More

Soho Literary Festival -  4th year around the block and this year sees 36 events scheduled in total. Steven Fry speaking on comic writer PG Wodehouse, 'the most industrious, prolific and beneficent author ever to have sat down, scratched his head and banged out a sentence'. Giles Coren, Rachel Johnson, Ian Hislop, Michel Roux, Antonia Fraser and Russell Norman are also among the speakers When? September 24-28, 2014. Where? Soho Theatre, 31 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE More

Bewdley Book Week - Music legend Mo Foster, best selling cookery author Mary-Anne Boermans, local crime writer Gavin Jones, acclaimed author Mary Hamer, inspirational speaker Derek Mills and comedian Richard O. Smith. Ben Howarth's presentation of 100 films to watch before you grow up, complete with film clips and trailers. Sue Brown and the Bewdley Historical Research Group are presenting a fascinating, human, glimpse at the history of Bewdley When? 8 - 12 September 2014 Where? Various venues around Bewdley, Worcestershire. More

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Let's Talk - Edinburgh International Book Festival Programme 2014 - 30-Jun-2014

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The biographer who scooped two of this year’s top national book prizes is to open the annu..

London Bookshop Owner Evie Wyld Wins Australia's Most Prestigious Book Award 27-Jun-2014

Evie Wyld named winner of 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award Award brings to life the lasting impact..

Winners 2014 Colorado Book Awards 27-Jun-2014

The 23rd Annual Colorado Book Awards ceremony was held Friday, June 13, 2014, at the Hotel Jerom..

Winners 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 25-Jun-2014

The full list of winners at the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2014...

Salman Rushdie awarded the 2014 PEN/ Pinter Prize 24-Jun-2014

The prize will be presented at a public event at the British Library on Thursday 9 October, at which..

Shortlists: 2014 PEN/Ackerley Prize for Memoir 24-Jun-2014

English PEN is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2014 PEN/Ackerley Prize for Memoir. The..

Winners Ontario's 2014 Trillium Book Award 21-Jun-2014

Four Ontario Authors Receive Province's Top Literary Award TORONTO, June 17, 2014 - Winners ..

Shortlists 2014 PEN America Literary Awards 19-Jun-2014

MALCOLM, MERWIN, SEDARIS, SOLOMON, WOLCOTT SHORTLISTED FOR 2014 PEN LITERARY..

Longlist Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 13-Jun-2014

The longlist for this year's Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books – the world's mo..

Indie Reader Discovery Award Winners 05-Jun-2014

June 2014 - CJ Lyons, New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie author of twenty-one novels..

Winners LIBRIS AWARDS 2014 - Celebrating Excellence in Canada's Book Industry 05-Jun-2014

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'Let's Talk' - Edinburgh International Book Festival - 9 to 24 AUGUST 2014edinburgh_interantional_book_festival

Whether it’s exploring the disappearing art of letter writing and the power of the spoken word, or listening to those who hear inner voices or participating in a series of dialogues on the future of Scotland, the Edinburgh International Book Festival examines all aspects of communication this summer. Under the headline ‘Let’s Talk’ the Book Festival welcomes internationally-renowned writers and thinkers from around the world to Charlotte Square Gardens to discuss such diverse topics as the two world wars, the Commonwealth, Economic Migration, Society, Identity, Culture and the Media.

Haruki Murakami makes his first trip to Edinburgh to launch the English edition of his latest novelColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (which sold a million copies in Japan in the first week of publication). Martin Amis also makes his debut in Charlotte Square Gardens to launch his new novel The Zone of Interest. Will Self, Amy Bloom, Sarah Waters, Alan Warner, Esther Freud, John Lanchester and Nicholas Parsons will also launch brand new books at the Festival.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams previews a new collection of his poetry, Tom Pow and Simon Armitage also introduce new collections, and will be joined in the programme by the former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, the UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the US War Poet Brian Turner.

Other bestselling authors making their debut at the Book Festival include George R R Martin and Diana Gabaldon. The South African literary heavyweights Damon Galgut and Zakes Mda will be joined by Mpho Tutu, Michel Laub from Brazil and Germany’s Julia Franck. Some familiar faces making a welcome return include Bonnie Greer, Graham Swift, Jung Chang, Margaret Drabble, Richard Dawkins, Max Hastings and Lydia Davis who makes her first visit to the UK since winning the Man Booker International Prize. More

Wakefield Litfest

Wakefield Lit Fest returns for the third year in 2014, programmed by arts charity Beam and funded by Arts Council England, Wakefield Council, Clore Duffield Foundation and other partners.
 
This year Lit Fest has grown to 60 plus events with opportunities for everyone, whatever your background or level of experience with books, wrijackie_kayting and reading. The theme remains  ‘Everyone Has A Story’, and we’ve got a great range of stories lined up – from Joanne Harris and Jackie Kay (right) to Roger McGough, Will Self, Ben Aaronovitch, Mark Thomas, Jo Baker, Leah Thorn and Stuart Maconie, from The Orangery to Sandal Castle, and from poetry to jazz to performance to photography and fiction then back again!
 
Lit Fest will be going to Ossett for a whole ‘Festival in a Day’ under the spire of Trinity Church and with huge help from local creative people – perhaps the start of spreading Lit Fest into other parts of Wakefield District. The festival also goes to Trinity Walk again this year, taking the excitement of writing and reading into the city’s streets.

Simon Armitage has chosen Wakefield Lit Fest for the Northern launch of his new selected poems, ‘Paper Aeroplane’, and the festival will also be welcoming back poet Ian McMillan for an afternoon event debating the theme ‘place and happiness’.When? 19-30 September, 2014 Where? The Orangery , Wakefield, West Yorkshire - More

Featured Authors

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After 18 years service with the RAF, Dougie Brimson’s writing career began in 1996 with the release of the non-fiction work, Everywhere We Go. A book which has become essential reading for anyone with an interest in the culture of football.

A further 15 books have followed covering non-fiction, fiction thrillers and fiction comedy. His novel, The Crew was the most downloaded sports related title of 2012 and 2013.

An accomplished screenwriter, he has two award winning feature films to his credit (Green Street and Top Dog) and will have a third released toward the end of 2014. Available for Bookings - More Information

Ian Buxton - Whisky -Wit & Wisdom

ian_buxtonIan is the UK’s best-selling writer on whisky – right now the hottest of spirits.

Author of seven books on whisky, Ian Buxton has been working in and around the drinks industry for rather longer than he can remember (at least 25 years, but who’s counting?) but was drinking professionally well before that!

In a career marked by both incident and accisdent, he has been Marketing Director of a world-famous single malt; consultant to more distilleries than most folks have had drams; built several award-winning visitor centres; written a variety of articles and books; led great tastings; created a major industry conference and, apparently without noticing, bought a derelict distillery.

He is a Keeper of the Quaich (admit it, you’ve no idea); a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers and a Grand Ordinary Member of the von Poser Society of Scotland – suggesting that he continues to fool at least some of the people some of the time. Available for Bookings - More Information

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John Ironmonger (pictured above with Poppy) is a writer and a zoologist. He is the author of 'The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder,' published by Orion books, and of 'The Coincidence Authority' (‘Coincidence’ in the USA).

John was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1954. At the age of thirteen he was dispatched to boarding school in England (St Lawrence College in Ramsgate). He studied Zoology at Nottingham University, and went on to complete a PhD degree at Liverpool studying ..More

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Rebecca Colby

Rebecca Colby is a children’s picture book writer and poet. Her latest book is called There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgiewee_lassie_who_swallowed_a_midgie.

Before writing for children, she worked for a Russian comedian, taught English in Taiwan, travelled the world as a tour director and worked as a librarian. More

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Shelley Weiner

Shelley is an acclaimed novelist, short-story writer and journalist who has, over the years, established a reputation as an inspirational creative writing tutor and nurturer of new talent.

South African-born, she worked as a journalist, PR writer and editor in a publishing house before turning to fiction. Her novels include A Sisters’ Tale, The Last Honeymoon, The Joker, Arnost, and The Audacious Mendacity of Lily Green. Her practical eBook, Writing your first novel’, is published by Guardian Short Books (June 2014). More

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Catherine Greenall

Catherine Greenall's work includes ghost, horror, science fiction, realism and vegan cookery, as well as scientific works. She is a long-term vegan and her published works include a full colour version of the vegan cookbook, "Vegans Can't Eat Anything!" and a ghost story, 'Echoes'. Her scientific works include 'The Mersey Measure.'

Her latest novel 'A Quirk of Destiny,' is a science fiction thriller, which is available now in paperback and Kindle. More

The Big Four

Oxford Literary Festival

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

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. For 10 days in May, Hay is full of stories, ideas, laughter and music. Still the best literary festival in the country? When? Thursday 21 May through to Sunday 31 May 2015 More

Cheltenham Literature Festival

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 for the ten day event. As big as it gets. When? October 3-12, 2014. More

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature. 17 extraordinary days, 750 events, 800 authors, over 40 different countries represented. Bookworms, bibliophiles and internationally acclaimed authors and thousands of aspiring writers will descend on Edinburgh. It's massive and wonderful. When? 9 – 24 August, 2014. More

Can't get to a live event? Enjoy some of the world's finest authors on Our 24/7 Virtual Literary Festival!

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Episodic Literary Magazine -

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Alice & Atlas Literary Magazine

"A name inspired by the Hadron Collider A&A delivers plenty of impact" kp

 It’s that kind of intersection, between literature and science. Things that meet, conjoin, dance, rebound, explode. Read

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Danish Literary Magazine

The main aim of this biennially published magazine is to inform foreign publishers, literary agents and translators about trends in Danish literature and publicise sources of literature funding available from The Danish Arts Council. Read the Autumn Issue

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Literary Awards

Longlists for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been revealed for the first time in the history of the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awardsMore

Australian Independent Booksellers have announced their Shortlist for The INDIE Awards 2014. More

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the winners of the 2014 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator More

 

Swedish author Barbro Lindgren has been announced as the 2014 recipient of the world's largest and most prestigious children's literature award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award beating out 237 other nominees.

The annual award is named in honour of the late Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, creator of the Pippi Longstocking book series, and it carries with it a cash prize of five million krona. More

 

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The Shock of the Fall by debut author and mental health nurse, Nathan Filer, has beaten bestselling novelist Kate Atkinson to win the title of 2013 Costa Book of the Year. The Shock of the Fall tells the story of Matthew and Simon, two brothers who are separated yet united by a tragic accident.  More

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 The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults for 2014 – More