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Set on the edge of the Black Mountains alongside the Wye in the famed book town of Hay, HowTheLightGetsIn has a magical location. But that is the backdrop for the real magic to come. There is no other place on the planet where you can meet as many of the world's leading thinkers and dance until your feet ache.

At HowTheLightGetsIn you can join a debate about the nature of the universe with the world's top scientists, laugh until your sides hurt with the UK's best comedians, dance by the river to the finest beats, dine with speakers in Open Platform events or indulge yourself with four course long table banquets.

With over 700 events, the range, choice and depth of the programme at HowTheLightGetsIn is unmatched. Yet, even though the event has grown tenfold since it started, the organisers have kept it intimate scale. The venues are small enough to encourage real conversation, electric enough to make the dancing spin.


When? From 25th-28th May 2018 Where? Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales Who? Confirmed speakers for the 2018 festival which include best-selling physicist Lawrence Krauss, political theorist Noam Chomsky, psychiatrist and former Government Drugs Adviser David Nutt, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, director of Zizek’s A Pervert’s Guide to Ideology Sophie Fiennes and journalists Polly Toynbee, Gideon Rachman and Matthew d’Ancona. 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

Bridport Literary Festival

 The 13th Bridport Literary Festival runs from bridport_literary_festivalSunday 5 - Sunday 12 November with a Very Special Event with Billy Bragg on Sunday 29 October talking about his latest book: Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World.   The programme of events are hosted at venues all around the town and at the spectacular Seaside Boarding House which this year is the location for The Oldie Literary Lunch featuring speakers  Paula Byrne, Anne de Courcy and Harry Mount.  Big names include Chris Bonnington, Roy Hattersley, Charles Spencer and Claire Tomalin.  Journalists include Quentin Letts, Douglas Murray and Steve Richards as well as veteran war reporters Kate Adie, Martin Bell and Peter Snow.  Istanbul and the India's Independence will both be celebrated and there is lots available for children including Chris Riddell, the Children's Laureate from 2015 - 2017. When? Sunday 5 - Sunday 12 November. Read More


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


Marriages Are Made in Bond Street: True Stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau, by Penrose Halson Thursday 16th November, 7.45 – 8.45pm, St Peter’s Church, Oundle Read More

The Last Wolf: Robert Winder - Saturday 2nd December, 7.45 – 8.45pm, St Peter’s Church, Oundle. Read More

Featured Authors

David Lewis-Hodgson


David, who was at the forefront of photojournalism during the 60’s & 70’s, abandoned his medical studies to become a photojournalist. After working for local papers, he moved to London and then Paris where his pictures were published by such prestigious magazines as Paris Match, Stern and Life as well as the National press across Europe. In 1980, he returned to the academic world, obtaining a doctorate from the University of Sussex. After lecturing there in clinical psychology and psychopathology he founded Mindlab International, an independent research consultancy of which he is now Chairman. He is an award-winning broadcaster and TV presenter and the author of more than 30 books. Read More

Previously: Laura Sansom -Susanna Beard - Chris Mullin - Andrew Smith- James McGee- Beatrix Campbell - Jill Dawson- Sarah Holding -Catherine Fisher - Alison McQueen -Michael Morpurgo Kate Atkinson Ros Weston - Hilary Mantel - Ian Rankin - Barbara Lorna Hudson -Lucy Baxter


Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival


The Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival is held annually in the October half-term, in various venues in the Oxfordshire market town of Wantage, where the late great Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman lived for many years. The festival is a broad mix of author interviews, poetry performance, comedy, workshops and theatre. The 2017 line-up includes Jenni Murray, Susie Dent, Nicholas Rankin, Clover Stroud, Felix Francis, Dr Claire Guest, children's favourite Korky Paul and renowned comedian Rich Hall. 

When? Saturday 22nd October – Sunday 30th October 2016. Read More

Stroud Book Festival

Stroud Book Festival is a 5-day literary feast for book lovers, showcasing some of the best in writing on a variety of themes.

Stroud’s annual festival of the best in new writing from some of the finest novelists, non-fiction writers, poets, children’s writers and storytellers from Gloucestershire and beyond.
With a wide-ranging programme of events – Cathy Rentzenbrink and Rachel Joyce on Writing to the Heart, TV and Guardian Food critic Matthew Fort, BIG READ author William Fiennes discussing The Snow Geese – over 30 events for writers, readers, adults and children.

When? 2 - 5 November 2017 Where? Stroud, Gloucestershire Who? Adam Horowitz,  John Dougherty, Polly Toynbee, Matthew Fort, The Emergency Poet, Hopeless Maine, Katie Fforde. Read More

Featured Book

The Reckoning by James McGee

the_reckoning_james_mcgeeHome from the war in America, Matthew Hawkwood’s return to Bow Street is marked by a summons to a burying ground and the corpse of a young woman, murdered and cast into an open grave. At first, the death is deemed to be of little consequence but when Chief Magistrate James Read receives a direct order from the Home Department to abandon the case, Hawkwood’s interest is piqued.

When his hunt for the killer moves from London’s squalid backstreets into the heart of a government determined to protect its secrets at any cost, he realizes his only recourse is to turn to his contacts within the criminal underworld for help.

As the truth behind the girl’s murder emerges, setting in motion a deadly chain of events, Hawkwood learns the true meaning of loyalty and that this time the enemy is much closer to home than he ever imagined… Buy from Amazon

Read more about James McGee's work

Annabel Kantaria

In 2013, British expat Annabel won the inaugural Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Her work caught the eye of agent Luigi Bonomi and Annabel went on to secure a three-book contract with Harlequin’s MIRA Books (now HQ Stories at Harper Collins). Since then she’s had three books published, and is contracted to write three more focusing on the darkness that can be found beneath the surface of everyday life – the popular genre that’s been nicknamed ‘domestic noir’. Read More

Tanya Goodin


Author: OFF. Your Digital Detox For A Better Life (2017)

Tanya Goodin is an award-winning digital entrepreneur and founder of digital detox specialists Time To Log Off. More

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November Literary Festivals 2017 (please check all dates for yourself with official sites -every care taken etc etc)

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival - Died with the passing of the Poetry Trust in 2015 but poetry and alive and well in hte town with Poetry in Aldeburgh taking place 30th Oct-5th November, 2017

Bridport Literary Festival - Sunday 5 - Sunday 12 November, 2017

Canterbury Festival - 14 OCTOBER 2017 - 4 NOVEMBER 2017

Cambridge Winter Wordfest - November 24th-26th, 2017

Diva Literary Festival - 3-5 November 2017

Dublin Book Festival- 5th to the 9th November, 2017

Dulwich Literary Festival -2nd – 12th November 2017

Folkestone Literary Festival - 17 – 26th November 2017

Gibraltar International Literary Festival -The next festival will be held between 16th – 19th November 2017

Lavenham Literary Festival - 17th to Sunday 19th November, 2017 (biennial in odd years)

Literary Leicester Festival -Wednesday 15 November to Saturday 18 November, 2017

Louder Than Words Festival - Manchester - Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November, 2017

Stroud Book Festival -2 - 5 November 2017 (Gloucestershire)

Looe Literary Festival - 13th -19th November, 2017

Petworth Literary Weekend, West Sussex. 31 October - 5 November 2017

Poetry in Aldeburgh 30th Oct-5th November, 2017

Richmond Upon Thames - 3rd – 29th November 2017

Stroud Book Festival - Gloucestershire, England - 2nd-5th November, 2017

Taunton Literary Festival - 3- 27 November 2017

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DJ Cattrell


D.J. Cattrell trained as a psychiatric nurse, then as a psychotherapist. He left that world to act as main carer for his terminally ill mother, then acquired a degree in performing arts. He helped create and run the New Route Theatre Company, championing new writing and giving aspiring actors new works to try, while training others in international negotiation skills. He has written plays in various genres as well as articles on the world of biodiesel and the relevance of Shakespeare within modern day management and business.

He now devotes his time to writing for children, running a small business, looking after his, deaf cat, wife and two children. his recent works included The Bucket and The Bag. Read More

books on psychology. a Chartered psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Association. Read More