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April 2015 Edition

Currently tracking 350+ Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and nearly 100 in Australia & New Zealand and 500 more worldwide. 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. Ed: Kevin Parker

March 2015 Festival Dates - April 2015 Festival Dates

Hexham Book Festival

Director Susie Troupe birthed the festival in 2006 and has nursed it through to grown-up status as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. The calibre of the talent now attracted attest to the esteem in which it is held. Congratulations.

The festival runs across eight venues throughout Hexham and the surrounding area, and in 2015 the programme features over 50 authors.

When? 20th April - 4th May, 2015 Who? 2015 -poet Simon Armitage; cartoonist and political satirist Martin Rowson; and agony-aunt Virginia Ironside; Andrew Graham-Dixon, presenter of the BBC’s Culture Show; Autumnwatch presenter Martin Hughes-Games ; Christopher Frayling will talk about Western suspicion of China; novelist Alexander McCall-Smith; author, diarist, and former MP for Sunderland Chris Mullin; broadcaster and political commentator Steve Richards takes a sideways look at the impending election; broadcaster Andy Kershaw; historian David Starkey . Where? Queens Hall, Hexham, Northumbria. More

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival

The festival takes place in the beautiful Mitchell Library, one of Europe’s largest public libraries, which has been one of Glasgow’s iconic landmarks since it opened in 1911 . Where? Glasgow, Scotland, Mitchell Library. When? 2015, 17-25th April Who? 2015 - Dr Stephen Hawking's first wife Jane Hawking, comedians Omid Djalili and Helen Lederer, fiction favourites Alexander McCall Smith and Patrick Gale - as well as and up and coming Glasgow writer Kirsty Logan -  and appearances from Scottish Taggart actor Alex Norton, Everything But The Girl singer Tracey Thorn, and host of the BBC’s Beechgrove Potting Shed Theresa Talbot - More -

New Event - Helston 'The Little Local Litfest'

The first ever literary festival at Helston Museum will take place in 2015. The organisers have planned to make this a special event for everyone with a diverse range of author talks, activities, lectures and workshops. When? 9th, 10th, 11th April 2015 Where? Helston Museum, Cornwall Who? 2015 - Jane Moss, Rosie Kliskey, Elsie Balm, Jo Mattingley, Jak Stringer, Linda Camidge More

Cambridge Literary Festival

Formerly known as Wordfest the event has rebranded itself as the Cambridge Literary Festival, a smart move in an increasingly crowded market place. Current Director, Cathy Moore, founded the festival in 2003 and has guided it to a position of strength as one of the nation's top ten. One festival held in spring a second in winter.

Spring 2015 offers a line-up of 111 speakers - 4 Venues -6 Days.

When? Spring 15-19 April, 2015 Where? Cambridge at the historic ADC Theatre and the University's McCrum and Babbage lecture theatres Who? 2015 Judith Kerr (right), Celia Imrie, Maggi Hambling, Anthony Horowitz, Mary Portas, Will Hutton, Roger McGough, Poly Tynbee+. More

Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival

stratford_logoCelebrating its 8th year in 2015, The Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival is a mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour.

Festival Director, Annie Ashworth, has built the event into a formidable affair ensuring that Stratford is right up there with the very best regional Litfests throughout the nation. When? Saturday, 25th April to Sunday, 3rd May 2015 Where? Stratford Upon Avon. More

Colonsay Book Festival

A small but quality group of Scotttish authors gather to entertain in this lovely location. When? The fourth Colonsay Book Festival will run between 25th and 26th of April 2015. Where? Colonsay is in the Hebrides, Scotland Who? 2015 Christopher Brookmyre and Val McDermid, acclaimed poet Jackie Kay, author and poet Andrew Greig, travel writer Patrick Richardson, and novelist and playwright Lesley Glaister. More

Wenlock Poetry Festival

A 3-day poetry fest in the charming medieval "black and white" English town of Much Wenlock in Shropshire. The talent is always first-class. When? 24- 26th April, 2015 Where? Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Who? Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Rosen, Jo Bell+ More

Chipping Norton Literary Festival

The Chipping Norton Literary Festival takes place in Oxfordshire between 23rd -26th, April 2015. More than fifty authors, publishers, booksellers and literary agents will be booked to entertain, inform and celebrate the written word. With book swaps, reading corners, workshops and discussion forums. When? 23rd - 26th April, 2015 Where? Chipping Norton, West Oxfordshire Who? Sheila Hancock, Jean Trumpington, David Badiel, Judy Finnigan, SJ Watson, MC Beaton, Polly Toynbee More

More April Festivals - Cheltenham Poetry Festival - 22nd April - May 4th, 2015 Cúirt International Festival of Literature (Galway, Ireland) -21-27 April 2015 - Laugharne Weekend Festival Weekend April 10-12 , 2015 - Redbridge Book and Media Festival - through spring - Scarborough Literature Festival - 16-19 April, 2015

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Featured - Whitlit - Whitstable Literary Festival

Author events, family activities and a one day writing festival in the beautiful seaside setting of Whitstable in Kent. WhitLit celebrates independent spirit from visiting authors to many local writers. From poetry to crime, memoir, music, art, history, film, pop culture, coastal inspired events and everything in between. When? 9- 17 May, 2015 Where? Horsebridge Centre, & Whitstable Library, Whitstable, Kent Who? 2015 - David Nicholls, Sandi Toksvig, Kate Adie, Kate Mosse, Peter James, Penny Vincenzi, Patrick Gale More

Festival and Award News

Evanston Literary Festival - Chicago, USA 18-Apr-2015

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Rocky Mountain Literary Festival Set for October 2015 18-Apr-2015

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Alfred Hermida Wins 2015 Canadian National Business Book Award 17-Apr-2015

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Finalists PEN American Center Literary Awards 17-Apr-2015

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New Literary Festival for Kew Gardens 17-Apr-2015

This autumn Kew Gardens launches its first ever literary festival with over 80 events across all gen..

28th annual Bogota International Book Fair will honor Gabriel García Marquez. 16-Apr-2015

The 28th annual Bogota International Book Fair in the capital of Columbia will honor Gabriel Gar..

Angus Book Award Shortlist 16-Apr-2015

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Kensington Day of the Book Festival - DC -USA 16-Apr-2015

The Kensington Day of the Book Festival, Maryland, is one of the top literary events in the DC area...

€100,000 IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist 2015: Down to Final Ten 15-Apr-2015

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist 15-Apr-2015

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Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award Shortlists 15-Apr-2015

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Children's Book Award Winners Announced at Maine Reading Conference 15-Apr-2015

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Five Caribbean poets shortlisted for Hollick Arvon Prize 15-Apr-2015

The judges for the 2015 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize have announced a shortlist of five, ch..

Winners European Union Prize for Literature 15-Apr-2015

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Winchester Writers' Festival

Now in its 35th year, the Winchester Writers' Festival aims to nurture new and emerging creative writers from around the UK and overseas working in all forms and genres. This year, the Writers’ Festival takes place on 19 – 21 June with three days of courses, workshops, talks and 750 one-to-one appointments with around 70 literary agents, commissioning editors, best-selling authors and publishing experts. Attendees may book to come for one day, two days or all three days and the Friday night open mic and editors' panel is free and open to all. Scholarships and bursary places available. When? 19-21 June, 2015 Where? University of Winchester campus, Winchester, Hampshire Who? Sebastian Faulks. Other speakers include top literary agents, commissioning editors and award-winning novelists, poets and scriptwriters. More

NEW IN 2015- NiddFest Literary Festival -Celebrating Nature In Writing

Set in the glorious landscape of Upper Nidderdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, NiddFest is a unique new, family friendly festival, offering a weekend of talks and outside events for nature lovers of all ages. Come and be inspired by hearing some of the UK’s leading writers talking about all things wild and wonderful. Join rangers on guided walks across the remotest reaches of the moor; romantic ambles along the river; evie_wyldforaging expeditions in the woods ; bug safaris in the meadow; fairy hunts and more

When? 24-26 July, 2015 Where? Upper Nidderdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales Who? Welsh Poet Laureate Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, Mark Cocker, Valentine Warner, Evie Wyld (pictured), Piers Torday, Dave Goulson, Katharine Norbury, Jackie Bennett+More

Canterbury Folk Festival - Midsummer Music in Canterbury

We like to have an occasional break from literary festivals and so are delighted to hear about a new weekend music festival in the heart of the beautiful, historical cathedral city of Canterbury. The event will be staged in the lovely Dane John Gardens.

There will be a mixture of local and national bands from the New Canterbury Scene. No folk festival would be complete without Morris dancers and a great range of artisan food stalls with a local ale bars will take care of your food and drink needs. When? June 27th- 28th 2015. More

Barnes Children's Literature Festival

Barnes has a rich literary legacy. From Henry Fielding writing about London life in the mid-eighteenth century to the legendary Judith Kerr, who has written and illustrated more than thirty books for children from her home in Barnes including The Tiger who Came to Tea, and Britain’s best loved poet Roger McGough who has lived here for over twenty years.

2015 will witness the area's first children's literature festival which has brought together an impressive line-up for the inaugural afair.When? Saturday 25 April 2015 Where? Barnes, London SW13 Who? 2015 - Axel Scheffler, Sally Gardner, Piers Torday, Horrible Histories Martin Brown, Karen McCombie, Roger McGough More


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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 contribite? What's in for the public and authors? Read More

Cornwall the Literary Festival County

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. LiteraryFestivals.co.uk's Kevin Parker gives an overview of the Cornish Literary Calendar. More

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Featured Authors

James McGeejames_mcgee

James McGee is an English novelist known for his historical adventure novels about a fictional Bow Street Runner, Matthew Hawkwood.

He was born in Kent, but, as an army child, spent his childhood in Gibraltar, Germany and Northern Ireland. He has worked in various trades and professions including banking, newspapers and bookselling.

McGee's historical novels are set during the Regency period, when Britain was at war with Napoleon. His hero, Matthew Hawkwood, is working as a Bow Street Runner, an early investigative officer working out of London's Bow Street Magistrates' Court. He is called upon to solve a number of civil crimes, including murder, body-snatching and highway robbery, but his previous military experience makes him ably suited to investigate issues of national security. More

julia_suzikiJulia Suzuki

Julia Suzuki grew up in Staffordshire, listening to the magical sounds of fair rides and animals from a theme park across the stream at the bottom of her garden. 

Through working with a Disney licensing company and working with entrepreneur David Lloyd in an international resorts business, Julia visited many beautiful places, inspiring the setting for her literature.

Her love of reading, of nature and of the outdoors fed her colourful imagination and inspired her to become an author resulting in the creation of 'The Land of Dragor' adventure series for children.

The first book the series, The Gift of Charms, was published in 2014. Julia has recently completed the second book in the series, The Crystal Genie. More

ricky_baxterRicky Baxter

Ricky Baxter is the author of Gideon and the Crimson Samurai, and Mother Gaia. He is an avid blogger and speaker, giving advice and thoughts to fellow creators from all walks of life. His other works include Colours of Destiny, a Youtube visual novel.

Currently Ricky lives in Leeds England where he writes and blogs. Starting out as a composer since graduating with a Ba(Hons) in music and multimedia, Ricky worked for many independent short film directors, gaining notable IMDB credits . Since then, he has embraced his earlier passion of writing fictional stories. 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.

Networking - Women's friendship website offers the chance to meet other booklovers

As we enter the season of literature festivals, bookings are taking off for events all over the country – and there’s no getting away from the fact that many of these book lovers will be women. Believe it or not, 75% of literature festival goers are female.

Book clubs too are predominantly driven by women. It comes as no surprise, then, that books come pretty high up a woman’s agenda. togetherfriends.com is a women's friendship site that provides an opportunity to meet other booklovers and perhaps arrange a trip to a literary festival or two. Read More

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 2-11, 2015 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? 15– 31 August, 2015. More