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The Oundle Festival of Literature runs a programme of all year round events aimed at exciting, informing, entertaining and educating a wide variety of people through talks, discussions and workshops by award-winning and local authors and poets.
Kid Lit Week in March offers schools the chance to see their favourite authors and inspire their pupils. The second-half of January sees Jane Hawking presenting on the topic From Fact to Film to Fiction on Saturday 28th January 7.45pm, The Great Hall, Oundle School, New Street, Oundle. Read More
A fine line-up of biographers, historians, and historical fiction writers. Small audiences in a salon setting create an intimate and friendly atmosphere for authors and fans. When? 24-26 March 2017 Who? In 2017 - Elizabeth Chadwick, Andrew Lownie, Lloyd Shepherd+. 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
Who? 2017 - Laurie Penny, Diarmaid McCulloch, Elif Shafak, Pankaj Mishra, Eimear McBride, Luce Irigarary and Ned Boulting + Read more
A small but quality group of Scotttish authors gather to entertain in this lovely location.
When? End of April. 29th-30th April, 2017. Who? 2017 - Alexander McCall Smith, Sue Lawrence, Christine de Luca + Where? Colonsay is in the Hebrides, Scotland. Read more
When? May Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 30 April-Tuesday 2 May 2017. Read more
Designed to appeal to all ages, faiths and ethnicities, focusing on subjects ranging from the spark that ignited all life on this planet to the inevitability of death and much that lies between. When? Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 March, 2017 Where? Kings Place, London N1 JW3, London NW3. Read more
Festival organiser,Helen Dunning, has put together a very nice programme with over 50 events to choose from in both English and Welsh. When? 25 March - April 2, 2017 Where? Various venues throughout Cardiff. Read more
Chagwood is biennial event and is back for the third time from the 17-19 March 2017. Where? Chagford is on Dartmoor Who? Peter Moffat, Hisham Matar, Michael Morpurgo + Read more
Celebrating its10th year in 2017, The Stratford Literary Festival is right up there with the very best regional Litfests throughout the nation.
When? Spring Festival: 23rd April to 30th April 2017.Read more
This 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
IAN SHIRCORE is an author and ghostwriter who has written a dozen books under his own name, including Loose Canon: The Extraordinary Songs of Clive James and Pete Atkin, John F Kennedy: The Life, The Presidency, The Assassination and Conspiracy: 49 Reasons to Doubt, 50 Reasons to Believe.. Read more
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LUCILLE TURNER’s first book, Gioconda, was published by Granta Books in 2011. A novel about the life of Leonardo da Vinci, it went on to win the Hislibris prize for historical fiction and was translated into several languages. Read More
Poet, PHILIP BURTON has gained many awards, winning the 2005 Lancaster litfest, the Teignmouth Poetry Festival competition 2014, and the Sentinel Literary Quarterly (August) poetry competition in the same year. He recently won Third prize in the Buxton Literary Festival poetry competition. Read more
From entertaining troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, concurrently headlining at the Café de Paris, Rah Rah Rooms and the London Hippodrome, private performances for all the senior members of the royal family – with the exception of Prince Charles - the Olivier Award winning show C’est Barbican and two series on Channel 4.
After a private performance for Her Majesty in 2005, wires got crossed and he ended up on four tours to Iraq and Afghanistan entertaining for Combined Services Entertainment. Woman’s Hour made him Forces’ Sweetheart and Joanna Lumley played his recording of “Tom Bowling” during her 2006 appearance on Desert Island Discs. The book about his war-zone experiences: My Tutu Went AWOL! is being published by Unbound Books. Read More
CHRISTINE SHAW'S novella, The Santorini Summer, went online first, followed by a short guide for parents, Help Your Child Succeed: Reading and Writing. Now there is a paperback, The Baker’s Daughter. She has finished a second novel, The Fracture Line, and a third, working title Litherland Luck, is in progress. Read More
After a successful business career, GD HARPER spent six months in 2012 living in a tent and trekking 1500 kilometres across the Nepalese Himalayas. On his return to the UK, he decided to pursue his lifetime dream of becoming an author. Love’s Long Road is his first novel. Read more
From as early age Jennifer has had a passion for writing and has been gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has amalgamated and fictionalised other survivors experiences alongside her own to write her first novel Isolation Junction, detailing the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again. Jennifer hope’s that in reading her book, she will raise awareness of this often hidden and unseen behaviour and empower women in abusive relationships to seek help for themselves and find the confidence to change their lives. Read More
David Edward Williams (born 20 August 1971), known as David Walliams, is an English comedian, actor, author, television personality and activist, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch shows Little Britain, Rock Profile and Come Fly with Me.
Since 2012 Walliams has been a judge on the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent. He wrote and starred in to series of the BBC One sitcom Big School, playing the role of chemistry teacher Keith Church.
Walliams is also a writer of children's books. By the end of 2014, he had sold over 4 million of these and has been described as "the fastest growing children's author in the UK": his literary style has been compared to that of Roald Dahl. Read more
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Cork International Poetry Festival -15 - 18 February 2017
Doolin Writers' Weekend - 3-5 February 2017 (Generally March but Feb date in 2017)
Jewish Book Week - Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 March, 2017
Limerick Literary Festival - 24 - 26 February, 2017
LSE Space for Thought Literary Weekend -Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February, 2017
Purbeck Literary Festival - 16 to 25 February, 2017
Aldeburgh Literary Festival - 2-5 March 2017Alderney Literary Festival -24-26 March 2017
Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival - 19-19 March, 2017
Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival - 25 March - April 2, 2017
Chagword - Dartmoor's Literary Festival in Chagford- 17-19 March, 2017
Ennis Book Club Festival (Ireland)-3-5 March, 2017
Headingley Lit Fest - Rolling series through March
Huddersfield Literature Festival - 4-19 March, 2017
Kings Lynn Fiction Festival - 10-12 March, 2017
Stanza: Scotland's Poetry Festival, St. Andrews - 1 - 5 March, 2017
Weymouth Leviathan - Maritime Literary Festival - - 25-17 March, 2017
York Literature Festival 16 - 30 March, 2017
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
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