Winter Edition 2015/2016

The 2015 UK Literary Festival season is drawing to a close for a winter break and starts again in mid-February 2016.

Our winter edition includes author profiles, books, festival and book award news plus a special feature on the explosion of on-line literary journals. Check out some of our featured authors below.

Listing 350+ Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 80+ in Australia & New Zealand and following 500+ worldwide. Organisers can update details or send new listing info here. Authors, illustrators and poets are also invited to list their details. For upcoming literary festival notification Register for our monthly newsletter. PR people media releases here please.

This ezine gets a major update seasonally with a mid- monthly refresh so please get your details in as early as possible. Thanks to the 374,811 unique visitors that checked details of upcoming literary festivals throughout 2015 (to end Oct). Follow us on Twitter @litfests for all the latest or Like us on Facebook to keep in the literary loop over summer.See you at a Litfest in 2016! Ed: Kev Parker -

Festival and Award News

2015 Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards Shortlists 26-Nov-2015

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield have ann..

Pen condemns Saudi Arabia for sentencing poet Ashraf Fayadh to death for apostasy 21-Nov-2015

English PEN, PEN American Center and PEN International have strongly condemned the Saudi Arabian aut..

Nairn Bookshop Independent Bookshop Bucks Trend with Expansion 20-Nov-2015

Independent retailer The Nairn Bookshop is moving to new, larger premises in a more prominent lo..

Winners Chen Bochui Children's Picture Book Awards: UK, US and French authors in the mix 20-Nov-2015

Children’s books from the UK, USA and France scooped prizes at a ceremony at the Chen Boch..

Zimbabwe: LitFest Harare 26-28 November, 2015 20-Nov-2015

LitFest International Literature Festival runs 26 – 28 November 2015 LitFest Harare, the inter..

Thirty French Books in English Translation 18-Nov-2015

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Long Long Longlist for €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award 10-Nov-2015

160 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 Internatio..

Walkley Book Award Shortlist 06-Nov-2015

The Walkley Foundation today announced the shortlist for the Walkley Book Award, part of Australia&r..

Irish Book Awards 2015 shortlist 05-Nov-2015

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015 shortlist announced today features a diverse arra..

Ten Reasons To Come To This Year’s Aldeburgh Poetry Festival (6-8 November 2015) 05-Nov-2015

FROM ALDEBURGH POETRY FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER It’s nearly here! We’re nearly there! And ..

New Zealand Book Council contracted to administer NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 04-Nov-2015

The New Zealand Book Awards Trust has today signed a contract with the New Zealand Book Council to a..

Serpent's Tail acquire the sixth book in Adrian Mckinty's Sean Duffy series 04-Nov-2015

Rebecca Gray, Commissioning Editor at Serpent's Tail has bought world rights (excluding audio) to th..

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The Rise and Rise of Literary Festivals

Kevin Parker explores the phenomenal increase in literary festivals over the last decade. Why are they so popular? What do they contribu te? What's in for the public and authors? Read More

The Literary Tourist - Cornwall

Cornwall is fast laying claim to the being the UK's 'Literary Festival County' with a growing list of literary gatherings scheduled throughout the year.'s Kevin Parker gives an overview of the Cornish Literary Calendar. More

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Andrew Lownie

Andrew Lownie has been a journalist, bookseller, publisher and since 1985 a literary agent – first as a director of Curtis Brown and since 1988 running his own agency. For the last three years he has been short-listed for Literary Agent of the Year at the British Bookseller Awards and, according to Publishersmarketplace, has been the top selling literary agent in the world . He also runs Thistle Publishing which has pioneered reissuing backlist titles and publishing  books regarded as too controversial by the major houses.

A judge for The Plutarch Biography Prize and St Ermin’s Hotel Intelligence Book Prize, he has served on the committee of EnglishPEN and Biographers International Organisation and is the founder and now President of The Biographers Club. He speaks widely at festivals and conferences around the world on different aspects of publishing and how to get published.

He is the author of several books including a literary guide to Edinburgh and acclaimed biographies of the writer John Buchan and the spy Guy Burgess. Read More


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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 prolific 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. He has been the star-turn at literary festivals alll over the world. Read more

Featured Authors


Dr Barry Blades is an independent researcher, writer and speaker specialising in the history of war and education. His particular focus is on the impact of the Great War on British schools and teachers.

Roll of Honour: Schooling and the Great War, 1914-1919 Published in October 2015 by Pen & Sword Books Ltd. Roll of Honour is the first book in the Schooling and the Great War Trilogy. More


David Young's debut novel, Stasi Child is the first of three books in the Oberleutnant Karin Müller series. Set in 1970s communist East Germany it reached the top 5 bestsellers on Amazon Kindle, was number one bestseller in Amazon’s Historical Fiction chart, and has been optioned for TV by Euston Films More

- Ian Rankin - Catherine Fisher - Sebastian Faulks - Dougie Brimson - Ruth Rendell -Carol-Ann Duffy - Jill Dawson - Hilary Mantel - Beatrix Campbell - DD Johnston - Danielle Steel


Nigella Lawson is the British bestselling author of Nigella Express: Good Food Fast, Feast: Food to Celebrate Life, Forever Summer, Nigella Bites, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, and How to Eat, which have sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide. Her 2005 book Feast: Food to Celebrate Life inspired 'Nigella Feasts,' . More

Ian Moore - Angela Young Anne Maria Espasater -Michael Morpurgo C.S.Boag - Jill DawsonSarah Holding -Catherine Fisher - James CrowdenLucienne Boyce Alison McQueen 


Andrew Robertshaw is a leading military historian and archaeologist with a particular interest in the First World War.   He is an expert in trench warfare and was the military consultant on Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster War Horse. He co-presented the popular BBC2 series Two Men in a Trench and is the author of a dozen books. More

- Kev Reynolds - Michael Morpurgo - Ricky Baxter -- Beatrix Campbell -James McGee - Julia SuzikiTessa Harris -   Kate Atkinson Ros Weston - Hilary Mantel - Diane Lucas --Julia Suzuki - Clive Cussler

Featured Online Literary Journals


Synesthesia Literary Journal

The editors are dedicated to presenting extraordinary literature — haiku to novels — spotlighting new and established writers and artists. Transcending trends, we offer a literary experience that is multifaceted, fresh and accessible.

Within these volumes you will find inventive, intimate, and conscientious poetry and prose. Browse further to discover works in translations, children’s literature, book reviews, interviews, and commentaries that are crafted to engage you — our reader. More details & check out an issue

Literary Brushstokes

Literary Brushstrokes is a quarterly on-line and in-print magazine dedicated to publishing the best stories, poems, and essays, while helping writers to realize their dreams of publication.

that will be made available for sale each quarter after the work appears online.

We publish a variety of material including:

Blotterature Literary Magazine

Blotterature is an online literary magazine, started in August 2013 by a few Region Rats who came together via The Literary Underground and late night poetry and debauchery.  “Blotterature” is an obsolete term that means non-high-brow literature, or non-elite. Essentially, it’s writing for the masses. Or, literature for the people. The staff at Blotterature believes that literature should be accessible and not just for the “in-crowd” of literary folks, and that it doesn’t necessarily take a highly-trained artist fresh out of a MFA program to produce good literature, either. Therefore, our mission is to merge creative academia with the underground, as there is value in both sides of the spectrum. More details & check out an issue

Black Fox Literary Magazine

Black Fox Literary Magazine was founded by Racquel Henry, Pamela Harris, and Marquita Hockaday. The three writers met during an MFA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey.

Here at Black Fox, we publish both established and new writers. We welcome all fiction, but we especially like fiction from under-represented genres and styles. More details & check out an issue

Copperhead Arts & Literary Review

Literary journal from The Southern Collective Experience

Rathalla Review

Rathalla Review is the literary magazine published by the students of Rosemont College’s MFA in Creative Writing and Graduate Publishing programs. Our mission is to give emerging and established writers and artists an outlet for their creative vision in our online and print publication. We publish the best fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, poetry, and art, culled from a nationwide community of writers and artists. Rathalla Review’s staff, comprised of MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Publishing candidates, merges the creative arts and the business of publishing into a shared voice and vision. More details & check out an issue

Prism Art & Literary Magazine

Oregon State showcases its students' leading creative work. Check out an issue

The 2015 Spire Literary Magazine

The Spire has been a traditional voice for student literary creativity since 1966. The publication includes original poems and short stories submitted by Governor’s students each spring. The student editor selects which stories will be published in the literary publication. Check out an issue


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