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Brecht, Music and Culture Hanns Eisler in Conversation with Hans Bunge, Bloomsbury, 2014 - edited & translated by Sabine Berendse & Paul Clements - Book Launch: 21 November, 7pm at The Schott Music Shop, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London - More

Literary Leicester Festival

Literary Leicester is an annual literary festival organised by the College of Arts Humanities and Law at the University of Leicester. All of the events are free and held mostly in the evening and at the weekend, attracting big, positive, passionate audiences from across the region.

The event also holds a vibrant Fringe programme, with fascinating talks from our academics, readings by local authors, poetry and musical performance, writing commissions and much more. Offering literary and popular fiction, children’s and young adult events and workshops, biography, history, poetry, politics and performance.

When? November 12 -15, 2014 Where? Various locations, University of Leicester, Leicestershire, UK Who? 2014 : John Banville (right); Penelope Lively, Evelyn Waugh. Read more

Ursula K. Le Guin's Poignant Speech at the US National Book Awards: Video 21-Nov-2014

Ursula K. Le Guin, a science fiction author venerated for her poignant diction, gender-bending c..

Canada's Governor General Book Award Winners 20-Nov-2014

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the 14 winners of the 2014 Governor General&rsquo..

Queensland Literary Awards Shortlists 2014 20-Nov-2014

State Librarian Janette Wright announced the shortlists for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards on N..

Shortlist Costa Book Awards 20-Nov-2014

The shortlists have been announced for this year's Costa Book Awards and include recent Samuel Johns..

Winners US National Book Awards 20-Nov-2014

The 65th US National Book Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday 19th November, with 2014 winners..

5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit 07-Nov-2014

The NBDB presents The Pressing Issue: The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Boo..

Leading UK Poetry Award Winner: Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2014 07-Nov-2014

The winner of the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2014 – one of the most significa..

Longlist For Nigeria's Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014 Announced 07-Nov-2014

Lagos, Nigeria; Etisalat Nigeria has announced the longlist of the Etisalat Prize for Literature..

Longlist for the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, 07-Nov-2014

The longlist for the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, one of the most lucra..

Britain's National Book Award Shortlists 06-Nov-2014

The shortlist for the 2014 UK Specsavers National Book Awards has been announced. This year&..

Folkstone Book Festival

A Book, Literary or Literature Festival has taken place annually in Folkestone since 1980. The event is now under the guidance of Curator, Geraldine D'Amico. When? 14 – 23 November 2014 Where? Folkstone, Kent. Who? 2014 - Michael Rosen, Peter Forbes, Clive Alet, Joanna Bourke More

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

Annual Poetry Festival run by the Poetry Trust. Aldeburgh is the UK's pre-eminent annual celebration of national and international contemporary poetry.

 In 2014 60+ events (22 free) featuring 30 poets from all over the world.

In addition to the usual carefully chosen readings, here’s a few instant highlights. How about Poetry & Disobedience? It’s the subject of this year’s main ‘Discussion’ with Finuala Dowling (South Africa), Thomas Lux (USA), Tom Pickard (UK) and Hannah Silva (UK) sharing their thoughts about breaking rules and defying boundaries. Look out also for the ‘Short Takes’ – 15 minute spin-offs in which you’ll find Brian Patten, among others, speaking their mind on poetry’s disobedience factor .When? November 7- 9, 2014 Where? Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Read more Thousands of booksellers - millions of books.

Autumn/Winter 2014 Edition - (next edition Spring 2015)

Currently tracking & publicising nearly 400 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. Authors, illustrators and poets are also invited to list their details. You are invited to register for our newsletter which provides a brief summary of upcoming festivals. kp

Cornwall the Literary Festival County

Cornwall is fast laying claim to the 'Literary Festival County' title. Looe joins Penzance Literary FestivalPort Eliot Festival (formerly known as the Port Eliot Lit Festival), St. Ives, North Cornwall Literary Festival (Daymer Bay and St Endellion), Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, the Charles Causley Festival (Launceston), Fowey Festival of Words and Music (formely the Daphne DuMaurier) and I believe there is a smaller affair at Newlyn each year. Missed any?

Cambridge Literary Festival (Winter)

The festival once known as Cambridge Winter Wordfest and the seasonal sister of the spring event Cambridge Literary Festival (formely Cambridge Wordfest) held in April. When? November 30th, 2014 Where? Cambridge at the historic ADC Theatre and the University's McCrum and Babbage lecture theatres Who? The winter line-up this year includes: festival patron Ali Smith reading from How to be Both, recently long-listed for the Booker Prize. Eimear McBride (winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize and Goldsmith’s Prize) will talk about her spellbinding novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing Read more

Featured - Manchester Literature Festival -The Giant has Awoken! Manchesevie_wyldter Literature Festival, under the direction of Cathy Bolton and Co-Directors Sarah-Jane Roberts & Jon Atkin, have put together a fine programme for 2014 which puts Manchester up there amongst the best in the country. When? 6th - 23rd November 2014 Where? Various locations, Manchester Who? In 2014 - Sebastian Barry, Com Tobin, Arne Dahl, Evie Wyld (above),Cory Doctrow, Simon Armitage, Naoimi Wood, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Peter Blake, Martin Amis, Nick Laird, Meg Rosoff, Michel Faber, Sarah Waters, Hong Ying, Suzzanah Dunne, , Margaret Drabble, Daljit Nagra + More

Dublin Book Festival

The Dublin Book Festival is a partnership between DBF and Dublin City Public Libraries and its dublin_book_festivalDublin UNESCO City of Literature office.

The Festival has been programmed by Julianne Mooney,

When? 13 to the 16 November, 2014 Where? Smoky Alley Theatre, Temple Bar Who? 2014 - Dermot Bannon, Francis Brennan, Sinead Crowley, John Kelly, Alice Taylor, Niall Williams In Conversation with Dave Kenny ++ More

Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival

The Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival is back for 2014, featuring an exciting mix of literary figures covering a variety of subjects including history, music, art, politics and war. Highlights from this year’s main programme include esteemed actor Sheila Hancock, journalist Peter Snow, Dr Irving Finkel and much loved British designer Emma Bridgewater. When? Throughout November Where? Various venues across Richmond and Twickenham Who? 2014 - Irving Finkel, Sheila Hancock, Jacqueline Wilson, Emma Bridgewater, Peter Snow, Simon Barnes, Marc Allum, Lynn Shepherd, Essie Fox, Kate Aidie. More

Featured Authors

  • Tessa Harris is the author of The Anatomist’s Apprentice, the first in her highly-acclaimed Dr Thomas Silkstone series. She lives in Berkshire with her husband and two children.
  • Anna Maria Espsäter is a UK-based, Swedish travel and food writer, covering worldwide destinations, but specialising in Latin America and Scandinavia.
  • Beatrix Campbell is a writer, broadcaster, blogger and playwright – and political activist.
  • Angela Young is the author of the The Dance of Love and Speaking of Love. Her third novel, For the Love of Life, is a work in progress. It's about an angel who accidentally falls in love with a human being.
  • C.S. Boag is the author of the Mister Rainbow series, the Hood with No Hands, Death of a Ladies' Man, Horses for Corpses and Bullets at the Ballet have already been released by Xoum publishers, with The Cock Robin Killer to be released later this year
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Ian Moore

A regular on BBC 5Live's Fighting Talk and a much sought after comedian, compere and corporate awards host, Ian has achieved great success on the London and National circuits and is a regular headliner at London's famous Comedy Store.

He is also the author of the hugely successful book, .'A la Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in Rural France' and the soon to be released'C'est Modnifique: The Adventures of an English Grump in Rural France'.

Ian's laconic observations on life, from the problems of using the wrong vocabulary in a German Pizza Hut to an almost pathological hatred of most forms of physical exertion, have proved hugely successful with live audiences all over the world from Australia to China, and the Phillipines to the Middle East. He hasn't performed in South America, but feels no reason why they wouldn't love him there too.

Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival where he appeared with Catherine Tate, Ian was one of only seven British comics selected to appear at the pinnacle of all comedy festivals - Montreal's Just for Laughs. Alongside the likes of Jimmy Carr, Ian performed in the sellout Britcom showcase proving to be such a success he subsequently went on to headline the Worldcom show at the festival's finale. More

Guest International Festival

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literary festival, has announced the first line up of 77 authors set to participate in the 2015 event.

Taking place from 21-25 January 2015 at the historic Diggi Palace, Jaipur, the eighth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will see Nobel Laureate Sir. V. S. Naipaul (pictured right), 2013 Man Book Prize Winner Eleanor Catton, acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi and celebrated American travel writerPaul Theroux take center-stage along with some of India’s leading authors, including prominent Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh, current Man Booker Prize nominee Neel Mukherjee, best-selling novelist Amish Tripathi and celebrated author and translator Arshia Sattar. More

Causes - English Pen

Every year, hundreds of writers and other literary professionals around the world are imprisoned, prosecuted, persecuted, attacked, threatened, forced into exile or even murdered as a result of their work. English PEN’s International Campaigns seek to defend and support these writers and their families, and to help bring about the necessary changes to make the freedom to write a reality around the world. PEN International. Join Enlish Pen today to support this invaluable work.

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. 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. 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