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Shoreham Wordfest is a lively celebration of words and ideas, with the theme of "Shaping the Future" featuring author talks, drama, poetry and children's events. Venues are around the district including Ropetackle Arts Centre, St. Mary de Haura, ancient church, the Verda houseboat and woodland theatre. Creative Writing Workshops start in September as a festival warm up. The festival launch is 27 September, "The Future Starts Here" with a wrap party on 13 October. When? 27 September to 13 October 2019 Where? Various venues, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex Who? 2019 - John Humphrys in one of his first appearances after leaving Radio 4's Today programme, Simon Armitage, our new poet Laureate, author Lynne Truss, Polly Toynbee in discussion with Isabel Hardman and Paul Johnson, Stanley Johnson on ecology, dramatists Simon Brett and Janet Behan. Read More

Sevenoaks Literary Festival is celebrating it's 18th anniversary this year and Director Jill Webster has pulled-together a fine author roster for 2019. It attracts substantial audiences from West Kent and beyond.  The programme consists of around a dozen events including a literary lunch and a booklovers' tea.  When? Saturday 21 September - Thursday 03 October 2019 Where? Sevenoaks is an attractive small town in West Kent, easily reached by train from London and close to the M25 .Who? 2019 -Celia Brayfield, Harriet Goodwin, Thomas Harding, Julia Lovell, Andrew Lownie, Chris Mullin, Adam Nicolson, Lemn Sissay, Kate Williams. Read More


Narbeth Book Fair offers a showcase for independent publishers and authors from Wales and further afield, who will be in attendance, ready to chat, sign and sell their books. All genres are covered, including children's fiction.There will also be pre-booked private "meet the editor" sessions for aspiring authors and workshops in the spacious first-floor balcony room (access by stairs and by lift).The fair will be open from 10am till 4pm. Entry to the fair is FREE, as are the workshops. There is a charge for the Meet the Editor sessions, which must be booked in advance When? Sat 28th and Sun 29th September 2019 Where? Queen's Hall, High St, Narberth Pembrokeshire, West Wales Read More


Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival returns to Carlisle in October for its sixth successive year from Thursday 26th September to Tuesday 8th October, 2019. A festival for readers and writers, with talks, poetry and workshops held in various venues in the city centre, including the Cathedral.The event is run by four partners, the Bookends Bookshop, Cumbria Library, Carlisle Cathedral and the Tullie House Museum. When? 26th September - 8th October, 2019 Where? Various venues throughout Carlisle Who? 2019 - Louise Minchin, Tim Farron, Razwan Ul-Haq, Lauren Sharkey, Jackie Morris, Ann Cleeves, Joanne Harris, Adele Parks, Alexander Mccall Smith, Natan Filer, Sue Armstrong, Emma Decent, Angela Gallop, Nathan Haynes, Amanda Owen, Gervase Phinn, Hunter Davies. Read More



Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival celebrates 11 years in 2019 with 5 days of best-selling authors, debuts, panel discussions, writing and craft workshops, and events for families - all set beside the sea on the stunning Jurassic Coast in East Devon.When? 18th – 22nd September 2019 Where? In various venues around the town including the Public Hall, the Temple Church and St Peter’s Church and the Church on the Green. Who? 2019 2019- Dame Hilary Mantel, Robert Harris, Cressida Cowell, Jenny Eclair, James Runcie, Kirsty Wark, Dr David Nott, Joanne Harris, Peter Hanington, Christina Lamb, Adam Kay, Lisa Jewell, Read More


The FREE annual literary festival in east London. Run by the Libraries Pen to Print programme, ReadFest has been running in local libraries since 2011. Featuring the best of local, national and international writers. This free programme of events is not to be missed. When? Monday 9 to Friday 27 September 2019 Where? London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Libraries. Who? Alex Brown, Patsy Middleton, David Nieta, Anna Robinson, Nick Barlay, Sanchia Alasia, David Walshaw, Miranda Kaufmann + Read More


Now in its third year and going from strength to strength, Cuckfest is a small book festival in the attractive village of Cuckfield, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex. When? October 3rd-6th, 2019. Who? Robin Ince, Adrian Tinniswood, Maggie Gee, Alan Judd, Jenni Murray, Vanessa Berridge, Clare Clark, John Crace, Peter Guttridge, Ed Halliwell, Rachel Hore+ Read More


Salisbury Literary Festival is a festival for readers and writers. The line-ups are predominantly fiction-based to put authors, rather than celebrities, front and centre. When? 18-20 October 2019. Read More


INAUGURAL TRING BOOK FESTIVAL -For ten days in November, the Hertfordshire market town of Tring will be transformed into a literary lover’s dream as the community welcomes a selection of the world’s finest writers. When? Friday 8th to Sunday 17th November 2019 Where? Tring, Hertfordshire. (Various venues). Read More


The Wantage Literary Festival is a collection of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. When? 26th October - 2nd November, 2019 Where? Various Venues around Wantage (Oxfordshire) Who? 2019 - Pam Ayres, Lord David Owen, Katy Brand, Crystal Rasmussen, Peter Stamford, Mary Loudon, Johnny Ball, Ossian Ward+ Read More


2019 witness the second Southam Book Festival, and like the first, the Main Event is held in the Graham Adams Centre, a former school building now run by a community group as a community centre. When? Main Events - Sunday October 20th 11a.m. to 4p.m. Also October 2nd , 8th, 15th and 22nd. All at 7.15p.m.Where? Southam, Warwickshire. Who? Andrew Davies; Chris Burleigh; Marilyn Pemberton; Penny Freedman; Steve Cunningham; Sharon Bradshaw; Terri Daneshyar; James Vollmar; Gill Colbourne; Graham Jones; Julia Tedd; Rachel Turner; Southam Heritage Group. Read More


A bi-annual gathering, 2019 witnesses the sixth Lavenham Literary Festival. There is a Festival Dinner with Ruth Jones scheduled followed by literary talks including fiction, non-fiction, history, biography, crime writing, poetry and how to get published. There is also a Creative Writing course on offer. Lavenham itself, with its Guildhall – heralded as the finest example of a timbered building of the period in the UK – and 300 listed buildings in a village with a population of under 2000, offers some outstanding hotels, restaurants, shops, and galleries. When? 15 - 17 November 2019, (biennial in odd years)Where? Lavenham, West Suffolk Who? 2019 - Ian McEwan Ruth Jones Pam Ayres Kate Mosse Tracy Borman Andrew Lownie John Higgs + Read More


Taunton Literary Festival is organised and marketed by Brendon Books, Taunton’s independent bookseller, making it a unique event with an eye on overlooked corners of the publishing market, as well as the big names and bestsellers. The organisers believe that independent bookshops have an important role to play in the local community , which is why Taunton Literary Festival was born, in 2010. When? 2-29 November 2019 Where? Taunton, Somerset Who? Simon Heffer,Nessa Carey, Adele Parks, Kate Brand, Alan Johnson. Read More

Stratford literary Festival Winter Weekend. he Winter Weekend takes place over the first weekend in November.


When? Winter Weekend 1st-3rd November, 2019 Where? Stratford Upon Avon Who? 2019 Winter Festival - Max Hastings, Jess Phillips, Jenny Eclair, John Humphreys, Carrie Gracie, Tom Holland, Trevor McDonald, Emma Smith, Ned Palmer, David Palmer on Laurie Lee. Read More


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August 2019 Literary Festivals

Curious Arts Festival (Arts festival with a literary stream) 23rd -26th August 2019

Edinburgh International Book Festival -The next Book Festival is on 10-26 August 2019

(The) Hastings Lit Fest - East Sussex - 30 August to 1 September, 2019

Islay Book Festival - 29th August to 1st September, 2019


Upton Cressett Literary and History Festival, Shropshire - Saturday 7th September, 2019

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival -18th – 22nd September 2019

Narbeth Book Fair, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Sat 28th and Sun 29th September 2019

ArchWay With Words Book Festival, London - Sat 14th - 21st September, 2019

Agatha Christie Festival 14th - 16th September, 2019

Appledore Book Festival - 20th- 28th September, 2019

Aspects Irish Literature Festival - 2019 TBA- Usually runs throughout September

Banbury Literary Live - 2019 TBA

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature -Friday 27 September – Sunday 6 October 2019

Bewdley Book Week - Seems to becoming a stream in the Bewdley Festival. 11th to 20th October, 2019

Bloody Scotland - Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival - 20th-22nd September, 2019

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival -18th – 22nd September 2019

Bristol Poetry Festival - 2019 TBC

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, Ireland -30 August - 1 September 2019

Cardiff Book Festival 2019 TBC

Chiswick Book Festival - The 11th Chiswick Book Festival will take place from  September 12th to 16th, 2019

Cork International Short Story Festival -2019 TBA

Cranbrook Literature Festival - The next two day Cranbrook Literature Festival will take place on Friday 25th September and Saturday 26th September 2020

Essex Poetry Festival - Rolling series through September/October

Graham Greene International Festival - The 21st Graham Greene International Festival will take place between 19 – 22 September 2019 in Berkhamsted, Herts

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival - 2019 TBA

(The) Hastings Lit Fest - East Sussex - 30 August to 1 September, 2019

Ilkley Literarture Festival - 4th- October 20th, 2019

Islay Book Festival - 29th August to 1st September, 2019

Jersey Festival of Words - 25th and 29th September, 2019

King's Lynn Poetry Festival - The 2019 Poetry Festival is booked in for 27-29 September

Lincoln Book Festival -Monday 23rd September - Saturday 28th September, 2019

Lowestoft Library Literary Festival (Oct some years) -2019 TBC

Manx Litfest - 24th September - 29th September 2019

Marlborough Literature Festival - Marlborough LitFest 26 – 29 September 2019. 

Moray Book Festival -2019 TBC

Morley Arts Festival (formerly Morely Literature Festival) -25th Sep - 12 Oct 2019 

Narbeth Book Fair, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Sat 28th and Sun 29th September 2019

Nairn Book and Arts Festival - 10th – 15th September, 2019

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival - 12 – 15 September 2019

ReadFest -East London - Monday 9 to Friday 27 September 2019

Rye Arts Festival - East Sussex , 14th September - 28th September 2019

Ryedale Book Festival - Taking a break in 2019. Aiming for a 2020 return

Sevenoaks Literary Festival 20 September to 5 October, 2019

St Ives September Festival - September, 2019

Tidelines Book Festival - North Ayreshire -26th- 29th September, 2019

Upton Cressett Literary and History Festival, Shropshire - Saturday 7th September, 2019

Warwick Words History Festival. 30th September - 6th October 2019

Westgate Literary Festival. Kent September 14-15, 2019

Wigtown Book Festival - 27th September-6th October 2019

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Laurie Graham was first published at the advanced age of 40 and is the author of 18 novels.  In 2019 the changing face of big house publishing forced her, along with many other mid-list writers, to publish independently. A former Daily Telegraph columnist, she is now an occasional contributor to the Daily Mail, the Spectator, and Slightly Foxed. Her latest book is called Dr. Dan's Casebook. Read more or book Laurie Graham for your festival



William Cash is an author, heritage campaigner, founder of Spear’s, writer New Statesman, Times, chair of the Catholic Herald and twice Editor of Year. His latest book, Restoration Heart (out September 10th, 2019) is a story of love, double divorce and redemption. It is a biography of the heart, and of a house. When William Cash suffers a post-divorce, mid-life breakdown, aged 43, life seemed bleak - but things were about to change. Like William himself, his old Shropshire family house Upton Cressett was in as much in need of being rescued and ‘fixed up’ as its owner. As William embarks on re-building his life and ruin of a country house, he starts looking again for love. But money, patience and the likelihood of ever finding family happiness soon start to run out. Read more or book William Cash for your festival

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Zarina Macha is an author, blogger and musician born and raised in London, UK. She studied Songwriting and Creative Artistry at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford. She regularly writes a social comment blog titled 'The Zarina Macha Blog.' In her spare time she loves reading and fan-girling over Game of Thrones.She has independently published four books. Every Last Psycho and Anne are her young-adult fiction novels that deal with mental illness, drug abuse, domestic violence and coming-of-age. Art is a Waste of Time and Single Broke Female are her two poetry books. Read More or book Zarina for your festival


Nikki Bennett (pictured with co-creator of Cathedral, Arden Robinson) has seven collections of poetry, two CDs, and poems in various magazines and anthologies including: Artemis, Cheshire Prize Anthology 2013, Crazy Lit, De Facto, Hearing Voices, Magma, Partners' Aspire, Ravenglass, roundyhouse, The Book of Love and Loss, and The Poetic Bond. She has read at poetry groups and festivals in the UK, the USA and Europe. Read more


Peter Maher greatest passions have been for the arts and his search for his ancestral roots. That latter exercise has uncovered missing relatives, half-sisters and cousins all across the world. Peter's inaugural novel, Finding Annie: Travels with My Great Aunt - from Tipperary to Trenton N.J. flows from his research into his grandparents’ generation. Read More



Poet and novelist Joanna Lilley is from the UK and now lives in the Yukon, Canada. Her fifth book, Endlings, out in spring 2020, is a collection of poems about extinct animals. In 2018 her debut novel Worry Stones, was published. Joanna’s other books are a short story collection, The Birthday Books, and the poetry collections If There Were Roads and The Fleece Era. Read More & contact details to book Joanna for your festival


Lynn Emslie is the author of the charming Jasper and Milo series of books for young children and is developing an approach to encourage First Reading. Read More & contact details to book Lynn for your festival


Suzie Wilde is the author of the gripping Viking themed Book of Bera series. As well as her writing Suzie contributes to Petersfield Community Radio with her weekly edition of Wilde Walks, acts and runs a writing critique and book group. Read More and contact details to book Suzie for your festival


Robert J.Fanshawe is both an author and a playwright. The Cellist’s Friend is the first in a forthcoming trilogy set in and around the First World War.Robert's play, All About the Boys, attempts to fill through drama, the gaps in our knowledge of the last days and battle in which the WW1 poet Wilfred Owen was killed. Read More and contact details to book Robert for your festival


Upon her first dog, Ruby’s demise, Anna Chelmicka wrote, in 2015, her first book My Friend Ruby chronicling their time together.  She continued travelling in her motorhome with her other dog Amber exploring the countryside. Her second book is Wonderful Walks from Dog-friendly Campsites throughout the UK. Read More & contact details to book Anna for your festival


S.A.Harris is an award-winning author and family law solicitor born in Suffolk and now living and working in Norwich, Norfolk. She won the Retreat West Crime Writer Competition in 2017. She was shortlisted for The Fresher Prize First 500 Words of a Novel Competition in 2018 and published in their anthology, Monsters, in November 2018. Her debut novel, Haverscroft, was published in May 2019. Read more + contact details to book S.A. (Sally) Harris for your festival


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October Literary Festivals - (confirmed events)


Salisbury Literary Festival, Wiltshire. 18-20 October 2019

Sevenoaks Literary Festival , Kent. 20 September to 5 October, 2019

Southam Book Festival, Warwickshire. Main Events - Sunday October 20th 11a.m. to 4p.m. Also October 2nd , 8th, 15th and 22nd. All at 7.15p.m.

Wantage Literary Festival - 26th October - 2nd November, 2019 (October School Holiday Weekend)

Althorp Literary Festival - The 16th Althorp Literary Festival will take place in Autumn 2020

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature -Friday 27 September – Sunday 6 October 2019

Berwick Literary Festival - 17th to 20th October 2019

Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival - 4th, 5th, 6th October 2019 

Birmingham Literature Festival - 3rd-13th October, 2019

Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival 30th September - 6th October 2019

Bristol Festival of Literature - 18th-27th October, 2019

Canterbury Festival - 19th October-November 2nd, 2019

Cheltenham Literature Festival - 4-13 October, 2019

Cuckfield BookFest - West Sussex 3rd – 6th October 2019

Derby Book Festival Autumn Edition - October 26th & 27th 2019

Dorchester Literary Festival - 15-20th October, 2019

Durham Book Festival - 5th-13th October, 2019

East Riding Festival of Words , Yorkshire 18th-20th October, 2019

Essex Poetry Festival - Rollling series through September/October Frinton Literary Festival - 17th October -20th October, 2019

Guildford Book Festival - 6-13 October, 2019

Henley Literary Festival -September 28– October 6, 2019

Hillingdon Literary Festival - Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2019

Humber Mouth Literature Festival - 2019 TBC

Ilkley Literature Festival - 4th-20th October, 2019

Isle of Wight Literary Festival - 10th-13th October, 2019

Literary Dundee - now appears to be a stream in Festival of the Future (from 2018). Wed 16 – Sun 20 Oct, 2019

Liverpool Literary Festival - 12th October 2019

Marlborough Literature Festival -Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 September, 2019

Manchester Literary Festival - 4th - 20th October 2019

Mere Literary Festival - 7th – 11th October 2019 

Morley Arts Festival (formerly Morely Literature Festival) -25th Sep - 12 Oct 2019 

North Cornwall Book Festival - 10-13th October, 2019

Off the Shelf Festival of Words 5th -26th October, 2019

Omagh Literary Festival Honouring Bendidict Kiely (formerly Bendidict Kiely Weekend) -11th-13th October 2019

Petworth Literary Week, West Sussex. Literary Week 26th October - 3rd November,2019

Portobello Book Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. 4-6 October 2019

Red Line Book Festival, Dublin, Ireland 7-13 October 2019

Rochester Literature Festival - Rolling series it seems. Generally an author event late September/early October -

Salisbury Literary Festival, Wiltshire.18-20 October 2019

Scottish International Storytelling Festival - Thu, 17 Oct 2019 – Thu, 31 Oct 2019

Sevenoaks Literary Festival -- 20 September to 5 October, 2019

Sherborne Literary Festival - 23 - 25 October, 2019

Shoreham Wordfest - 27 September to 13 October 2019

Southam Book Festival, Warwickshire. Main Events - Sunday October 20th 11a.m. to 4p.m. Also October 2nd , 8th, 15th and 22nd. All at 7.15p.m.

Thame Arts & Literature festival - 17th to 20th October 2019

Times Literature Cheltenham Festival - 4-13 October, 2019

Wantage Literary Festival - 26th October - 2nd November, 2019 (October School Holiday Weekend)

 Warwick Words History Festival. 30th September - 6th October 2019 (formerly Warwick Words)

Wigtown Book Festival - 27th September-6th October 2019

Wimbledon Book Festival -3-13 October, 2019

Winchester Poetry Festival - Bienial- even years. The next festival takes place in October 2020.

Yeovil Literary Festival - Somerset - 31st October-4th November, 2019