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March 2015 Festival Dates - April 2015 Festival Dates

The Rise and Rise of Literary Festivals

In this extended piece, 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

New Alderney Literary Festival

The delightful Channel Island of Alderney is staging it's inaugural literary festival this year.

"History - Facts and Fiction" is the title of the 4-day festival which features over 20 different events - from authors presentations and talks and lively panel discussions to book-signings, one-to-one interviews, creative writing workshop,theatrical reenactement, historical tours. When? 19-22 March, 2015 Where? Alderney, Channel Isles Who? 2015 - Eleven of Britain's top historians, historical authors/broadcasters and fiction writers including, Manda Scott (aka MC Scott), Tom Holland , Clare Mulley, Simon Scarrow More

Chagword - Dartmoor's Literary Festival in Chagford

The inaugural festival weekend ran from 15-17 March 2013, and its successor is slated for 13-15 March 2015. The event received an Arts Council of England grant in October 2014 ensuring a 2015 programme. When? 13- 15th March, 2015 Where? Chagford, Dartmoor More

Suffolk Libraries Bookfest

The inaugural Suffolk Libraries Bookfest in 2015 will feature a range of authors visiting Suffolk to give talks about their work and to hold some additional workshops. When? 6 -22 March, 2015 Who? In 2015 - Anne Shooter, Natalie Meg Evans, Simon Scarrow, Harriet Evans, Alison Weir and Kate Williams - the history girls Nicola Upson More

Daunt Books Festival

The inaugural event took place in 2014 organised by Daunt Books, one of London's leading travel and literary bookshops. A delightfully potent line-up in 2014 resulted in a successful affair - a fine way to keep independent book shops front and centre. When? Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March, 2015 Where? Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High St, London W1U 4QW More

Ennis Book Club Festival

Established in 2012 the festival takes place Ennis, County Clare, one of Ireland's most picturesque towns. A terrific concept where book clubs from all over are invited to come along to discuss books and be entertained by a mix of presentations covering poetry, politics and fiction. When? 6-8th March, 2015 Who? In 2015 - Catalpa - The Daughterhood - Paul Carson - Des O’Malley - Evelyn O’Rourke - Katie Hannon - Niall Williams - Mary Costello More

The Aldeburgh Literary Festival

The event is run by The Aldeburgh Bookshop which has been in business for nearly 60 years. The owners, John and Mary James, took on the shop in 2000 . In April 2005 they won a 'Nibby' (the Oscar of the booktrade) for Independent Bookshop of the Year at The British Book Awards. Impressive. When? The 14th Aldeburgh Literary Festival. The dates for next year's Festival are Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March 2015. Where? Aldeburgh, Suffolk. 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

Highlights Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival 2015 05-Feb-2015

Celebrating its 8th year in 2015, The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival will be held be..

Port Eliot Festival

The Port Eliot Festival, formerly known as the Port Eliot Lit Festival, features an eclectic mix of writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians and claims to be "one of GBs most original, magical, bohemian, bookish, colourful, musical and comic festivals" - fair call. When? July 30th -August 2nd, 2015 More

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Featured - Folio Prize Fiction Festival

The Folio Prize Fiction Festival, hosted by the British Library and sponsored by The Folio Society, is back for a second year in 2015.

The three-day festival (Friday 20 March to Sunday 22 March 2015) will open with a new initiative, The Folio Society Lecture, which will be delivered by the internationally acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The winner of The Folio Prize will be announced on Monday 23 March at a ceremony at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in central London.

The festival programme will again feature authors and critics from The Folio Prize Academy alongside the Prize judges and shortlisted authors. Leading the billing are judges Rachel Cooke, William Fiennes (Chair), Mohsin Hamid, A.M. Homes and Deborah Levy, who will appear alongside the writers confirmed so far: Alex Clark, Joe Dunthorne, Suzy Feay, A.L. Kennedy, Mark Lawson, Sam Leith, Eimear McBride, Val McDermid, Jon McGregor, Neel Mukherjee, Erica Wagner and Jeanette Winterson. 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. Read more

Festival and Award News

2015 RBC Taylor Prize Winner Plum Johnson's 'They Left Us Everything' 04-Mar-2015

The Winner of the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize is Plum Johnson, author of They Left Us Everything, publ..

Call For Submissions UK Polari First Book Prize 2015 04-Mar-2015

Submissions are now sought for this year's Polari First Book Prize. Now in its fifth year, The Polar..

New Angle Prize for Literature Longlist 04-Mar-2015

From a record number of entries the judges for the 2015 New Angle Prize for Literature have narrowed..

New Partnerships for London Book Fair 04-Mar-2015

The London Book Fair (LBF) is delighted to announce a series of new partnerships and initiatives des..

Submissions Invited Canada-Japan Literary Awards 04-Mar-2015

The Canada-Japan Literary Awards recognize literary excellence by Canadian writers who are ..

Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry Shortlist 04-Mar-2015

Love and loss – the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2014 shortlist is announced ..

Fowey Festival of Words and Music - May 9th-16th, 2015 28-Feb-2015

The Fowey Festival of Words and Music has announced its 18th annual event will be held between the 9..

MP David Cameron Opens Chipping Norton Literary Festival: OK he is PM as well 28-Feb-2015

Prime Minister and MP for West Oxfordshire David Cameron has officially launched the 2015 p..

Bram Stoker Award Finalists Announced by America's Horror Writers Association 26-Feb-2015

The Horror Writers Association has announced the final ballot for the 2014 Bram Stroker Awards (..

Longlist Walter Scott Historical Fiction Prize - Winner to be announced at Borders Book Festival 26-Feb-2015

The longlist has been revealed for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction to be awarded a..

The Rise and Rise of Literary Festivals 26-Feb-2015

When George Wilkinson and John Moore founded the world's longest continuously running event of its k..

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2015 Line-Up 25-Feb-2015

The world renowned literary event in historic Oxford buildings runs from Saturday 21st - Sunday ..

Australian & New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts 2015 Line-Up 24-Feb-2015

The first line-up for the Australian and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts in London h..

Submissions Invited 2015 Tennesee's Janice Keck Literary Awards 23-Feb-2015

Submissions are being accepted for the 2015 Janice Keck Literary Awards. The award is in hon..

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York Literature Festival

In 2015 the festival returns for its eigth outing and includes author events, storytelling, theatre, cinema and loads more. There is also traditionally a guided tour of York’s sites of literary merit. When? 19th - 29 March , 2015 Where? Various locations around York, including York Theatre Royal, York St John University, Waterstone's, local pubs and cafes. Who? 2015 - Dr David Starkey, Jenni Murray, Polly Toynbee and Helen Lederer More

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival

Founded in 2013 the festival returns in March 2015. With over 50 events to choose from, book lovers from toddlers to teens will be inspired by some of the best local and national contemporary authors and illustrators in both English and Welsh. When? 24-29 March, 2015 Where? Wales Millennium Centre , Cardiff Who? 2015 - Emma Dodd, Jonathan Meres, Lydia Monks, more


Founded in 1998, it is held each March in St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university town. Themes for StAnza 2015 are Unfinished Business, and an Archipelago of Poetry. Where? St Andrews, Fife, Scotland When? 4 - 8 March, 2015 More

Huddersfield Literature Festival

Huddersfield Literature Festival supports and showcases established and emerging writers, side by side. The 2015 Director is Michelle Hodgson. When? 5-15 March 2015, with a theme of 'Into the Future. Where? Various locations around Huddersfield. Events are usually planned at The Peacock Lounge, Huddersfield University, the Media Centre and the Lawrence Batley Theatre. More

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D.D. Johnston

D.D. Johnston was born in Scotland in 1979. His first novel, Peace, Love & Petrol Bombs, was a Sunday Herald Book of the Year in 2011 and is published in Spanish as Paz, amor y cócteles molotov.His experimental second novel, The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub, was a 2013 book of the year in The Morning Star, where it was described as “determinedly extraordinary”. His suspense thriller, The Secret Baby Room, will be published by Barbican Press in July 2015. He lives in Cheltenham and works at the University of Gloucestershire, where he is a senior lecchristine_conroyturer in Creative Writing and a University Teaching Fellow. He also runs the online writing tips .com website. Read more

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Christine L Conroy was a successful designer/business woman for many years before disaster struck her family. The personal journey that followed dramatically changed her perspective on life. She discovered purpose, meaning and true, long lasting happiness. Her book, Stitch your own Silver Linings: A breakthrough guide to helping yourself to happiness – no matter what, was written to help others do the same. Read More

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Australian resident Jane Eales was born in London, in 1947 and at 5 weeks, was adopted into a family with a German Jewish father, a British mother, and a seven year old son.   Two years later, they emigrated to Zimbabwe. When she was 18 she left home and moved to Johannesburg in South Africa. She met Rob in Johannesburg, they married in Oxford, returned to South Africa, and ten years later, in 1980, they emigrated with their family to Sydney Australia.

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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