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Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival


Set in the glorious house and grounds of Chiddingstone Castle in the National Trust village of Chiddingstone, West Kent, the festival returns for a third outing in 2018. Under the guidance of Festival Direcor, Victria Henderson, it is growing in stature with an impressive line-up of authors recruited this year.

The event features authors of biography, memoir, history, medicine, fiction, poetry, science, politics and children's books. Ensuring that it is a family affair, there will also be children's theatre performances, puppetry, life drawing, modelling, magazine-making and creative writing workshops, visitors can also tour the Castle's ollection of art and antiquities and enjoy delicious food and drink throughout the day. The 2018 title sponsors are Brooks Macdonald, an award-winning investment management company. When? - May Bank Holiday weekend Sunday Sunday 6th - Tuesday 8th May 2018 Where? Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone, West Kent Who? 2018 - Ian Rankin, Diana Henry (pictured), Anna Pasternak, John Sutherland, Erwin James, Cathy Rentzenbrink+. Read More

Swanwick Writers' Summer School

Now in its seventieth year, Swanwick Writers' Summer School is a week-long programme for writers of all ages, abilities and genres. Featuring courses, workshops, guest speakers, panels and optional one-to-one sessions, it offers you the opportunity to learn new skills, explore your creativity, perform your poetry, sing, act, dance, laugh, or even write. Prices start from £475 and the cost includes full board and evening entertainment. For aspiring writers between 18-30 there is the opportunity to apply for a place on the Top Write scheme at the heavily subsidised price of £100. Read More



This annual convention has been running since 2008 and has become one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe, featuring as one of the highlights on the international crime fiction calendar. Dubbed one of ‘the best crime writing festivals around the world’ in The Guardian and one of ‘the 50 Best Festivals’ in The Independent. The atmosphere is friendly, informal and inclusive – it’s a real celebration of the genre. When? Date: 17– 20 May 2018 Where? Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel Who? Featured guest authors for 2018 Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver. Read More

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Literary Festivals 2018

A fabulous selection of Literary Festivals beckon throughout the year. From the all-encompassing mega events such as Hay, Chelmsford, Oxford and Edinburgh, to smaller intimate community festivals, there has never been more chances to get up close and personal with your favourite, or soon to be favourite, authors.


With over 700 events, the range, choice and depth of the programme at HowTheLightGetsIn is unmatched. Yet, even though the event has grown tenfold since it started, the organisers have kept it intimate scale. The venues are small enough to encourage real conversation, electric enough to make the dancing spin. When? From 25th-28th May 2018 Where? Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales Who? The festival will feature  political theorist Noam Chomsky, Anna Soubry MP, physicist Lawrence Krauss, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, literary critic Stanley Fish, Angela Eagle MP, British journalist Myriam François, and many more. Read More

A finalist in the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2016, the Huddersfield Literature Festival is an annual event held every March, which attracts major names and bestselling authors to the town, as well as championing local talent. When? 8th-18th March, 2018 Where? Various, in and around Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Who? 2018 - Harry Gallagher, Carol Irving and Felix Owusu-Kwarteng. Read More


In its seventh year, the US-based, Atlantis Short Story Contest, accepts entries from unpublished authors around the world who write their short stories in English and do not exceed the length of 2,500 words.

Founded by a group of editors united by the shared goal of promoting the work of aspiring writers, showcasing their literary pieces, the Atlantis Short Story Contest advances the recognition of writers from around the globe. It is the first and only contest that offers a perceptive critique on every submitted short story as well as a chance to win cash prizes. Deadline is 25th February, so get cracking! READ MORE

New Festivals in 2018

Each year we seem to lose a few festivals whilst welcoming new events to our robust literary festival circuit throughout the nation. Newcomers that have been in-touch include:

Delapre Festival of Books

A weekend celebrating books at Delapre Abbey, a 900 year old Abbey in the heart of Northampton. Come along to hear talks from Bookstagram celebrities, publishers and magazines, pick up some career advice from those in the industry, purchase new and secondhand books as well as book related crafts, listen to author talks and attend signings. There will be plenty for all the family with a book trail, children’s activities, readings and a chance to meet the animals from Harry Potter.When? 26th-28th May 2018 Where? Delapre Abbey, Northampton. Read More

Weston Literature Festival

Weston’s first Literary Festival will take place between Thursday 22nd February and Thursday 1st March 2018.This free week long festival will feature an line up of local authors and range of events including talks, workshops, panel discussions and an anthology reading, as well as a children’s trail. When? Thursday 22nd February and Thursday 1st March 2018. Where? Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Read More

Faversham Literary Festival

An inaugural literary festival is planned for Faversham in Kent. Author talks and events will take place over the weekend 23rd to 25th February, 2018. Where? Faversham, Kent When? 23rd to 25th February, 2018 Who? Fionna Melrose, Martin Bell, Deborah Levy + Read more

A new (2018), not for profit festival run by a small group of volunteers.Celebrating Broadstairs rich literary heritage, inspiring events all year round.


A new not for profit festival run by a small group of volunteers.Celebrating Broadstairs rich literary heritage and planning inspiring events all year round. When? Rolling series. Check official website for details Where? Broadstairs, Kent. Who? Throughout 2018 - Katie Fforde, Jo Thomas, Sir Tony Robinson,Hunter Davies, Caitlin Davies,Graham Jones, Tim Bentinck,Sunny Ormonde (The Archers), James Brown. Read more

Fishbourne Literary Festival


A day long festival from 10.00am-5.00pm featuring massive book sale, all day catering by one of Chichester's top restauranteurs, Nik Westacott from The Old Greenhouse, with side events including a panel discussion by authors about the difficulties of getting published. All the aforementioned FREE, with day tickets for 4 authors' talks at £20.

When? Saturday, 24th March, 2018 Where? St. Peter's Place and Fishbourne Church at Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 3XT South of the A259, between Apuldram Lane and the Woolpack pub, just off the Fishbourne roundabout on the A27 CHICHESTER by-pass Who? 2018 - Isabel Ashdown, Béatrice Crawford, Margaret Drabble, Adam Mars-Jones. Read More

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

edinburh_international_book_festivalEach summer Charlotte Square Gardens in the heart of Edinburgh is transformed into a tented village for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This three week celebration of the written word is the largest of its kind in the world. Entry to the gardens is free. Here visitors can soak up the atmosphere, browse the bookshops, enjoy refreshments from the cafe or bar and choose from a programme of over 800 events.Many events are free to attend, including daily readings, signings, workshops and children’s activities. When? 11th-27th August 2018. Read More


oxford_literary_festivalOver 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.

Visitors can also book to join guided literary walks, lunches and dinner parties with prominent authors.  Since 2008, a creative writing course has also formed part of the programme. When? March 17 and March 25 2018. Read More

The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

cheltenham_literature_festivalOne 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 for the ten day event. As big as it gets.This autumn the event generally welcomes over 600 of the world’s greatest writers, poets, politicians, thinkers and stars to Cheltenham for an inspiring mix of debate and discussion. When? 5th-14th October 2018. Read More

Hay Festival

Founded around a kitchen table in 1987 Hay continues to attract the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians to inspire, delight and entertain. It's huge. If you have yet to get along then maybe 2018 is the time? The original organistion has morphed exponentially and now organises Literary Festivals under the Hay banner worldwide - how wonderful. Past authors include Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureshi, Louisde Bernieres, Martin Amis, ex-Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Salman Rushdie, Jools Holland, Cherie Booth, Howard Davies, Gary Kasparov, Boris Spassky , Marcus Brigstocke, George Monbiot, Tim Smit, Julian Barnes, Claire Armitstead,Will Self, Fay Weldon - well, you get the picture. Children's Festival Hay Fever runs alongside the Hay Festival every year. Where? Hay-On-Wye, Wales When? 24 May—3 June 2018. Read More

Confirmed February & March 2018 Festivals

Cork International Poetry Festival -14 - 17 February 2018

Doolin Writers' Weekend - 2nd -4th February 2018

Limerick Literary Festival - 22nd - 25th February 2018

Aldeburgh Literary Festival - The 16th Aldeburgh Literary Festival - Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th March 2018 

Alderney Literary Festival - 2018 Alderney Literary Festival of Historical Literature will be held on 23rd-25th March.

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival - 15th -25th March 2018

Ennis Book Club Festival - 2nd-4th March 2018

Essex Book Festival - Throughout March each year

Faversham Literary Festival, 23rd to 25th February, 2018 - Kent

Fishbourne Literary Festival 'Fishbourne Loves Books' - Saturday 24th March, 2018 - West Sussex

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival - March 17 and March 25 2018

Headingley Lit Fest - Rolling series through March

Huddersfield Literature Festival - 8th-18th March, 2018

Jewish Book Week - Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11 March, 2018

lichfield literature - 1 – 4 March 2018

Kings Lynn Fiction Festival - 16-18 March 2018

Stanza: Scotland's Poetry Festival, St. Andrews - Wednesday 7 and Sunday 11 March 2018

Tamworth LitFest - 2nd-8th March, 2018

Weston Literature Festival- 22nd February-1st March, 2018. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

York Literature Festival - 15th March to Monday 26th March 2018, Yorkshire

APRIL 2018 - MAY 2018


Every month we feature a variety of established and upcoming authors. There is an extraordianry wealth of writing talent out there just waiting for us to discover them with the advent of self-publishing giving us a richer choice than ever before. If you would like to be a featured author with a directory entry on the site and social media amplification then please apply via our Authors page.

Riis Marshall

Riis Marshall writes thrillers with contemporary political themes in a style that would interest readers of John le Carré, Nelson Demille and Robert Harris.The first, Nudge Nudge Wink Wink Die was published October 2017. The second, Injured or Seriously Killed is complete and scheduled for release in July 2018. The Dark Triads is in preparation. Read More

Richard Macphail

School friend, aide-de-camp and tour manager, Richard Macphail was for almost five years the glue that held Genesis together, and, in his affectionate memoir, My Book of Genesis, he tells his own unique story of the group's early years. Read More

DJ Cattrell


D.J. Cattrell trained as a psychiatric nurse, then as a psychotherapist. He has written plays in various genres as well as articles on the world of biodiesel and the relevance of Shakespeare within modern day management and business. He now devotes his time to writing for children, running a small business, looking after his deaf cat, his wife and two children (New rescue dog called Holly as well!) His other hobby is doing story games workshops for schools and adults just because giggling is addictive. Read More

virginia-moffattVirginia Moffatt

Virginia Moffatt was born in London, one of eight children, several of whom are writers. Virginia has always been a writer, but only began to take it seriously in 2004, when she began writing her debut novel ‘Echo Hall’ which was finally published in 2017.

Virginia writes flash fiction, essays, drama and is currently working on her second novel ‘The Wave’. Read More

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David Lewis-Hodgson


David, who was at the forefront of photojournalism during the 60’s & 70’s, abandoned his medical studies to become a photojournalist. He is an award-winning broadcaster and TV presenter and the author of more than 30 books. Read More


The Reckoning by James McGee


Home from the war in America, Matthew Hawkwood’s return to Bow Street is marked by a summons to a burying ground and the corpse of a young woman, murdered and cast into an open grave. At first, the death is deemed to be of little consequence but when Chief Magistrate James Read receives a direct order from the Home Department to abandon the case, Hawkwood’s interest is piqued.

When his hunt for the killer moves from London’s squalid backstreets into the heart of a government determined to protect its secrets at any cost, he realizes his only recourse is to turn to his contacts within the criminal underworld for help.

As the truth behind the girl’s murder emerges, setting in motion a deadly chain of events, Hawkwood learns the true meaning of loyalty and that this time the enemy is much closer to home than he ever imagined… Buy from Amazon - Read more about James McGee's work


The SeaBean Triology

It’s the year 2018: On the remote Scottish island of St Kilda, Alice and her five schoolmates await the arrival of their new teacher and Alice’sbaby brother. But something else arrives unannounced – the C-Bean – a mysterious device capable of transporting them anywhere in the world. Their thrilling adventures in the C-Bean put their lives at risk as they find answers to their questions have far-reaching consequences. Buy Online

It’s the year 1918: Left broken and beyond repair after their fateful last trip, the C-Bean is being fixed and gets accidentally sent back in time when Alice performs a reset with the help of its designer, Karla.

Things don’t go exactly as planned, and before they know it Alice, Karla and her new wartime companions embark on a journey through time to unearth some dark secrets from St Kilda’s past, and safeguard the future. Buy SeaWAR Online

It’s the year 2118: Alice and her schoolmates find they have been abducted to the future in the C-Bean and imprisoned there by its inventor. Realising they must now know too much, yet trapped in a world they no longer understand, can they plan an escape route back to the present before it’s too late and the planet is ruined forever? Buy SeaRISE Online

Hinterland – a memoir

All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam Laos and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operation in Tibet.

He was the author of three novels, including the classic ‘A Very British Coup’ and his successful campaign to free the innocent people convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings was described ‘as one of the greatest feats ever achieved by an investigative reporter’. These are his memoirs. Buy Hinterland Online -Read more about Chris Mullin

Error of Judgement – The Truth About the Birmingham Bombings
A Walk-on Part (diaries 1994-99)
A View from the Foothills (diaries 1999-2005)
Decline and Fall (diaries 2005-2010)
Hinterland – a memoir

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