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Stratford -upon-Avon Literary Festival is celebrating it's 10th anniversary from 23rd  to 30th April 2017. Speakers include 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


CHIP LITFEST, the Chipping Norton Literary Festival has grown in stature with each passing year. This years' festival builds on past success with the organisers pulling together a terrific line-up of literary talent. More than fifty authors, publishers, booksellers and literary agents will be booked to entertain, inform and elevate the written word. With book swaps, reading corners, workshops and discussion forums. When? 27-30TH April 2017 Where? Chipping Norton, West Oxfordshire Who? 2017 - Ian Rankin, Armando Iannucci, Mark Billingham, Joanna Trollope, Tony Robinson, Chris Riddell, Will Gompertz, Jo Cotterill, Swapna Haddow, ++ read more

Swanswick 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.

When? 12-18 August 2017

Where? Swanwick Writers' Summer School The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU

Who? In 2017 - Sophie Hannah, ​Cathy Cassidy, ​Imogen Cooper + 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. Tickets now on sale. Read more

The Winchester Writers’ Festival brings emerging writers together for three days of workshops, talks, and networking with over 70 acclaimed authors, poets, screenwriters, literary agents and editors. This year’s Festival takes place at the University of Winchester on 16-18 June and writers working in any form or genre may book for one day, two days or all three days.

Attendees can chose from 18 all-day workshops, 27 talks and book up to four one-to-one appointments with literary agents, editors and other publishing experts. Listen to Lemn Sissay MBE give the Keynote address, sign up for open mics and put questions to a panel of independent publishers. The Festival offers ten free places to writers aged 18-25, and runs ten writing competitions. For details of the full programme and how to book, along with information about the competitions and Festival Scholarship Scheme, visit www.writersfestival.co.uk. Attendees can book to come for one day, two days or all three days.When? 16-18 June 2017 Where? University of Winchester campus, Winchester, Hampshire Who? Lemn Sissay MBE is the 2017 Keynote Speaker, plus over 70 top literary agents, commissioning editors and authors. Read More

Berwick Literary Festival - Northumbria


2017 witnesses the fourth small and friendly festival in the historic walled town of Berwick upon Tweed. The organisers aim to attract authors of national renown while also providing a platform for writers from the region.

When? Berwick Literary Festival 20-22 Oct 2017 Where? Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland Who? 2017 - Ian McMillan, Tony Husband, Max Adams, Neil Astley, Katrina Porteous and many others. Read more

The Buckingham Literary Festival

Internationally acclaimed authors, journalists, poets, actors and commentators will be appearing at thbuckingham_literary_festivale 2nd Buckingham Literary Festival June 30th - July 2nd. Opening with the Bard of Stony Stratford and closing with Bard of Stratford on Avon's Midsummer Night's Dream.

When? June 30th- July 2nd 2017

Where? The Radcliffe Centre, Buckingham, MK18 1EG

Who? Peter James, Jacqueline Wilson, Roger McGough, Chris Patten, John Bercow, Anthony Seldon, Rachel Kelly, Louise Doughty, Raymond Tallis, Clare Mackintosh++. Read more

BeaconLit - The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing


BeaconLit's fifth one-day festival, in 2017, offers another exciting mix of author panels, live interviews, workshops and readings. An engaging offering with both experinced authors and new voices sharing the platform.

When? 8th July 2017

Where? Brookmead School High Street Ivinghoe Buckinghamshire LU7 9EX

Who? 2017 - Hugh Fraser (Poirot's Captain Hastings, now a thriller writer), romantic novelists Jean Fullerton, Christina Jones and Hywela Lyn Dave Sivers + Read more

 Swanwick Writer's School

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Literary News

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Barnes Children's Literature Festival: 'London now has a world-class children's book festival' 28-Feb-2017

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The longlist of thirteen for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017 is announced! 28-Feb-2017

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Stratford Literary Festival offers book jacket prize plus work placement at Penguin Random House 22-Feb-2017

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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

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

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Orenda Books Joins Forces With Curtis Brown Group Ltd 10-Feb-2017

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Greenwich Book Festival

Sarah Perry, Waterstones Book of the Year winner for The Essex Serpent, Lisa McInerney, Bailey’s prize winner for The Glorious Heresies and Laura Barnett, author of bestseller The Versions of Us are just some of the authors speaking at the third Greenwich Book Festival on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May.

Hosted by the University of Greenwich at its glorious riverside campus, the festival promises two packed days for child````ren and adults showcasing a huge range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and for the first time, a playwriting strand for new drama.

Highlights for adults include the Pool Party, an evening showcase of contemporary women's writing; a tribute to the great novelist Buchi Emecheta, and the chance to tour London with Chris Rogers. Award-winning poet Sabrina Mahfouz introduces the anthology, The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write; Korean violinist Min Kym talks about her stolen Stradivarius, while science and superstition in Victorian London are the subject of historical writer Wendy Moore’s new book, The Mesmerist. Read more


listowel_writers_week_ireland_county_kerryListowel Writers' Week

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


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

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

sidmouth_literary_festivalThe 2017 line-up of authors includes acclaimed crime writer Sophie Hannah; the Daily Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon; the best-selling romantic novelist Adele Parks; plus the fiction editor of My Weekly magazine. There will be ‘inside stories’ from Noel Smith, once a high-security prisoner and now an author. When? Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June, 2017 Where? Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8ND Who? 2017 - Sophie Hannah, Tim Pears, Adele Parks, Bryony Gordon, Jane Corry, Alyson Hallett. Read more


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How to Read Water: An Evening with Tristan Gooley, The Natural Navigator. Friday 28th April, 7.45 – 8.45pm, St Peter’s Church, Oundle, PE8 4AL Read More

Local Authors Event featuring Jane Isaac, Helen Gould and Peter Morrell. Friday 5th May at 7.30pm St Peter’s Church, Oundle. PE8 4AL 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


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

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


Featured Authors

Andrew Smith


Andrew Smith is an author of historical fiction. He enjoys creating stories and characters surrounding actual historic events. His first novel, 'Edith's War,' is centred on the internment of Italian men in Britain during World War II. His second novel, 'The Speech,' has as its main event Enoch Powell's infamous Rivers of Blood speech in 1968 — often alluded to today, as it was in Parliament during the recent Brexit debate, and on many other recent occasions. 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

Previously- James McGee- Beatrix Campbell - Jill Dawson- Sarah Holding -Catherine Fisher - Alison McQueen -Michael Morpurgo Kate Atkinson Ros Weston - Hilary Mantel - Ian Rankin.

Chris Mullin

chris_mullin_hinterland MP for Sunderland South 1987-2010; a minister in three departments – Environment, International Development and the Foreign Office.  Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee.  Author of eight books, including the novel ‘A Very British Coup’ which was made into a successful television series and three widely acclaimed volumes of diaries. Read more

margaret_atwoodMARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than 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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Lucy Baxter


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Barbara Lorna Hudson


A farmer’s daughter from Cornwall, Barbara Lorna Hudson studied languages at Cambridge. She started out as a psychiatric social worker and also worked as a sex/marital therapist before becoming an Oxford tutor.

Now retired, she is an Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford. She is a member of Writers in Oxford and the Society of Authors, and is a regular performer at a story-telling club. Her novels include Timed Out (2016) and Makeover (in press, 2017). Read more

LEE CHILDlee_child_jack_reacher

Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker

Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise. Read more

Steve Dolman

steve_dolam_cricket_authorSteve played club cricket for 47 years and then retired from the game to write about it. He is the author of two critically-acclaimed books on cricket, one of which sold out three editions in six months and is now sold out. Read more

April 2017 Literary Festivals Dates

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

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

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

Bath Festival -

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

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

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

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

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



June 2017 Literary Festivals

Sun,Sea and Books - Sidmouth Literary Festival - Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June, 2017