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NEW - Buckingham Literary Festival

2016 sees the inaugural Buckingham Literary Festival. Most Sessions will take place in the rather special Radcliffe Centre, Church Street, Buckingham.

Buckingham is in the heart of south-east England, a thriving market town 50 miles from London and 20 miles from Oxford. There is easy access by road and rail connections. Car Parking is available free of charge within the University of Buckingham.

When? Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July Where? Buckingham Radcliff Centre Who? Louis de Bernieres, Saul David, Will Gompertz, Rebecca Fraser, Oliver James, + Read More.

Graham Greene International Festival

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An annual four day festival devoted to the works and life of the writer Graham Greene (1904-1991). The event includes formal talks by experts in the subject and well known personalities, discussion groups,films of Greene's work, interviews and social events. Where Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire When: 22 September - 25 September 2016 Who? 2016 - Broadcaster and writer Jim Naughtie, Former Politician and Peer Lord (Roy) Hattersley, Emeritus Professor of English Cedric Watts, Greene's daughter Caroline Bourget and his nephew Nicholas Dennys, author Vincent McDonnell, Professor Judith Adamson, Professor Carlos Villar Flor More

ROMANIA - The Transylvanian Book Festival

Join writers talking and exploring in Transylvania, the beautiful country that inspires their work. Surrounded by beech and oak forests and the tranquillity of this great medieval landscape. Oh. It is conducted English by the way with excellent guides on hand! When? 8-11 September 2016 Where? Richis,Transylvania Who? 2016 - Anouk Markovits, Alan Ogden, Bronwen Riley Bob Gibbons, Georgina Godwin, Jessica Douglas-Home Jonathan Levi, Julie Dawson + Read more

 

Beyond the Border, Wales’ International Storytelling Festival, returns this summer with a magnificent three days of stories and music from Wales and across the world. Artistic Director, David Ambrose tells us that the The 2016 festival offers "Epic stories from India, blacksmith tales from around the world, Celtic myth from Wales and Ireland, ancient Greek legends… from transformation tales for adults to fairy tales for kids, there really is something for everyone." When?   1-3 July 2016 Where? St Donats Castle, on the Vale of Glamorgan Coast, nr Cardiff. Just 1/2 an hour from the M4 . Read more

BeaconLit

A celebration of writing and books held beneath the Ivinghoe Beacon landmark in the beautiful Chilterns countryside.   Established in 2013 as a half-day event, organisers it moved to for a full-day affair in 2014 and it has been growing stronger each year.

In its fourth year in 2016, BeaconLit offers an eclectic feast of literary talent in a friendly atmosphere. With 15 authors, writers, editors and broadcasters in discussion panels, performances and live interviews, it's a great day out for writers, readers and all book lovers. There will be debut authors, a crime fiction panel, historical fiction conversation, performance policy and more. Light refreshments, free parking and giveaways. When? 2nd July, 2016 Where? Brookmead School High Street Ivinghoe Buckinghamshire LU7 9EX ,United Kingdom Who? 2016 - Amanda Jennings, Adina Campbell, Angela Clarke - More

NiddFest Literary Festival -Celebrating Nature In Writing

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NiddFest’s goal is to inspire a greater love of nature and books in audiences young and old. Venues vary from remote churches, a barn café in a hilltop sheep farm, a riverside children’s tent and the festival hall in the market town of Pateley Bridge. Many talks are linked to outdoor events in the dale, den building, wild swimming, stargazing, bird and wood walks and much more. When? 5-7 August, 2016 Where? Upper Nidderdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. 30 mins from Harrogate, with rail links to mainline stations of York and Leeds. Who? 2016 LINE UP Carol Ann Duffy, Christine Walkden, Tony Juniper, Brambly Hedge and Kathryn Williams to headline at the third NiddFest literary festival. More

Ampthill Litfest

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Back for a third time in 2016 with a new name, Ampthill Litfest (formerly Ampthill Literary Festival), Director, Simon Michael and his team, have upped the standard even further during two days of events with a classy author list. The theme this year is Celebrating the Best of British

When? 16th July 2016 - 17th July 2016 Where? Connolly Hall, Redborne Upper School, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, UK. Read More

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival

The festival features literary talks from national and local writers, music and theatrical events, poetry and lectures on a wide range of subjects. The author talks include preentaions about Sir John Betjeman who lived in Wantage for many years. When? Saturday 22nd October – Sunday 30th October 2016 Where? Wantage, Oxfordshire Who? 2016 - Katie FForde,Gervese Phinn, Gill Hornby, Prof Gavin Stamp, Marti Leimbach, Racing Minds, Paul Kerensa, Charles Foster. Read more

LITERARY NEWS

Bath Children’s Literature Festival Announces 2016 Programme 18-Jun-2016

Over 100 events in 9 days featuring the best children/teen authors, illustrators, character..

Dead Good Reader Awards Shortlists Announced 18-Jun-2016

In April Dead Good Books launched the second Dead Good Reader Awards – six bespoke awards, nom..

Former Winner Bill Bryson Returns To The Royal Society To Chair Judging Panel For Science Book Prize 18-Jun-2016

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Independent Bookshop Owner Wins £10,000 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 18-Jun-2016

Nicki Thornton's "magical murder mystery" The Firefly Cage will be published by Chicken House in 201..

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016 Programme 14-Jun-2016

Edinburgh International Book Festival Announces 2016 Programme In a world of global uncertainty..

Polaris First Book Longlist 04-Jun-2016

Polari First Book Prize Reveals 2016 Longlist Posted at 9:43AM Thursday 02 Jun 2016 The lo..

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caroline_jamesFEATURED AUTHORS

Caroline James

Caroline James (left) was born in Cheshire and wanted to be a writer from an early age. She trained, however, in the catering trade and worked and travelled both at home and abroad. Caroline's debut novel, Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, So, You Think You're A Celebrity… Chef? has been described as wickedly funny: 'AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap…' Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a Finalist at The Write Stuff, London Book Fair 2015 and the judge’s comments included: “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.” The novel is now an Amazon Best Seller. Read Moreian_m_packham_author

Ian M Packham

Ian (right) is an adventurer, award-winning travel writer, and speaker. His biggest adventure to date was the first solo and unassisted circumnavigation of Africa by public transport, a journey of 13 months and 25,000 miles told in his travelogue Encircle Africa: Around Africa by Public Transport. Since then he has travelled the length of Sri Lanka’s longest river on foot and by kayak, walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall as well as the coast of the Isle of Man, and travelled through Denmark and Norway using a guidebook dating back to 1960. Ian’s next adventure will see him travel through North Africa and Italy retracing the steps of his great uncle during World War Two. Read more about Ian

george_clarke_authorGeorge Clarke

Born in Bacup, Lancs in the 1930's, George Clarke (left) left school at age 15 and joined GPO as a telephone engineer apprentice. He became a fully qualified telephone engineer after a two year hiatus wduring which completed National Service in the Royal Signals. He was married at age 23 and fathered two children, a boy and a girl. Later, he spent some years as in a career as a Domestic Appliance Engineer. 

In the 90's  he decided to write and enrolled in college to advance his writing skills. From there on-in his career as an author has not looked back and George has published three books to date including the popular Bold as Brass - (1997). More

FIONA GIBSON is the author of 10 top-selling romantic comedy novels. Focusing on the joys and frustrations of everyday family life, her books have gained her a loyal and enthusiastic following. She is currently published by Avon, an imprint of Harper Collins. From July 2016 Fiona launches a new three-book Avon series, starting with The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane, writing as Ellen Berry. As a children’s author, writing as Fiona Foden, she has published four novels for the 9-12 age range with Scholastic. She has also written a parenting memoir, The Fish Finger Years (Hodder), about the chaotic early parenting years, and is working on a follow-up about the teenage stage.  More

SUE HAMPTON is the author of over 25 books with 5 publishers, for children, teens and adults, across genres. Sue has been booked by over 600 schools, and at festivals like Banbury Literary Live, Lincoln Book Fair, Flamstead Lit Fest, Alton Lit Fest and Watford Big Word Fest. More - Leslie Tate completed a Masterclass with the University of East Anglia Creative Writing School and has an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College, London University. Shortlisted for the Bridport, Geoff Stevens and Wivenhoe Prizes, he runs a stand-up club, a mixed-arts show and a poetry group. His book, Purple, published by Magic Oxygen, is the first in a literary trilogy.  More
- Kate Hewitt/Katharine Swartz (right) is the author of over 40 books of romance and women’s fiction, and in addition to hitting the USA Today bestseller list she has been nominated for several writing awards. More

zooker_awardNot The Booker - The Zooker Award

A South West publisher has created a new literary award to ‘encourage disadvantaged authors’ and ‘reward works of social value’. Arkbound, which was founded in early 2015, recently launched the award after seeing how many existing literary awards are orientated towards successful or well-placed authors.

In a slightly tongue-in-cheek move, Arkbound’s new award is called the ‘Zooker Award’ to highlight its polarity with one of the best known literary award on the planet: the Man Booker Prize. Created in 1968 by a wealthy private company that dealt in sugar and rum, the Booker has come to symbolise the crowning glory of a writer’s work – something that most authors can only dream of achieving. Winners of the Booker Prize generally include a long line of critically acclaimed, best-selling authors. Rare is the occasionwhere an unknown and comparatively disadvantaged author is awarded with a prize. It is a trend that most other literary awards follow – from the Costa right to the Franz Kafka prize. Read More