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Ampthill Litfest

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Back for a third time in 2016 with a new name, Ampthill Litfest (formerly Ampthill Literary Festival), Director, Simon Michael and his team, have upped the standard even further during two days of events with a classy author list. The theme this year is Celebrating the Best of British

When? 16th July 2016 - 17th July 2016 Where? Connolly Hall, Redborne Upper School, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, UK. Read More

Graham Greene International Festival

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An annual four day festival devoted to the works and life of the writer Graham Greene (1904-1991). The event includes formal talks by experts in the subject and well known personalities, discussion groups,films of Greene's work, interviews and social events. Where Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire When: 22 September - 25 September 2016 Who? 2016 - Broadcaster and writer Jim Naughtie, Former Politician and Peer Lord (Roy) Hattersley, Emeritus Professor of English Cedric Watts, Greene's daughter Caroline Bourget and his nephew Nicholas Dennys, author Vincent McDonnell, Professor Judith Adamson, Professor Carlos Villar Flores More

NiddFest Literary Festival -Celebrating Nature In Writing

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NiddFest’s goal is to inspire a greater love of nature and books in audiences young and old. Venues vary from remote churches, a barn café in a hilltop sheep farm, a riverside children’s tent and the festival hall in the market town of Pateley Bridge. Many talks are linked to outdoor events in the dale, den building, wild swimming, stargazing, bird and wood walks and much more. When? 5-7 August, 2016 Where? Upper Nidderdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. 30 mins from Harrogate, with rail links to mainline stations of York and Leeds. Who? 2016 LINE UP Carol Ann Duffy, Christine Walkden, Tony Juniper, Brambly Hedge and Kathryn Williams to headline at the third NiddFest literary festival. More

Jersey Festival of Words jersey_festival_of_words

A five day literary festival on the beautiful Channel Island of Jersey. Founded in 2015 the event makes a welcome return in 2016 featuring visiting writers, homegrown talent, community events and an extensive schools programme. When? Wednesday September 28th and Sunday October 2nd, 2016 Where? Jersey, Channel Islands Who? 2016 - Michael Morpurgo, Alison Weir, Louise de Bernieres, Sarah Turner, Simon, Scarrow, Louise Doughty. Read More

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival

The festival features literary talks from national and local writers, music and theatrical events, poetry and lectures on a wide range of subjects. The author talks include preentaions about Sir John Betjeman who lived in Wantage for many years. When? Saturday 22nd October – Sunday 30th October 2016 Where? Wantage, Oxfordshire Who? 2016 - Katie FForde,Gervese Phinn, Gill Hornby, Prof Gavin Stamp, Marti Leimbach, Racing Minds, Paul Kerensa, Charles Foster. Read more

Search Is On For The Royal Automobile Club's Motoring Book Of The Year 20-Jul-2016

Now in its third year, the Royal Automobile Club's Motoring Book of the Year Award for 2016 is looki..

The Liber Seminars Will Analyse Markets, New Business Models And The Digital Evolution Of Books 20-Jul-2016

Liber, the largest international fair for books in Spanish, taking place on 12-14 October at Barcelo..

Hexham Book Festival Fringe: Mansio Talks and Workshops : Borders & Frontiers 19-Jul-2016

Mansio Talks and Workshops : Borders & Frontiers Just a reminder about our associated prog..

Alice Jolly Wins 2016 PEN Ackerley Prize for her memoir Dead Babies and Seaside Towns 13-Jul-2016

Alice Jolly has been announced as the winner of the 2016 PEN Ackerley Prize for her memoir Dead ..

Inaugural Liverpool Literary Festival Set for Late October 2016 13-Jul-2016

The very first Liverpool Literary Festival (http://www.liverpool.ac.uk/literary-festival/) opens..

PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers: Submissions Invited 13-Jul-2016

PEN America has announced their newest literary award, the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize f..

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parisot_literary_festivalFestilitt - The Parisot Literary Festival

Described by the event's literary patron, Helen Dunmore, as 'the lovely festival', Festilitt transforms a tiny village deep in the stunning French countryside into a rich anddiverse literary hub, buzzing with energy, conversation and laughter. There are French and English programmes running in parallel, featuring established and emerging authors, with the two communities coming together for meals and for a couple of bilingual sessions. It is an intimate event, offering the opportunity to mingle with authors over lunches and dinners, all aided by fabulous French food and wine. A totally non commercial festival, all events are free of charge, although support via the friends and patrons scheme (from €15 per head) is very much appreciated. When? 21, 22 & 23 October 2016 Where? Parisot, Tarn & Garonne, South West France Who? in 2016 - Laura Barnett (The Versions of Us,) Fiona Barton (The Widow,) Carys Bray (A Song for Issy Bradley & The Museum of You), Susan Elderkin (The Novel Cure), Andrew Lownie (Stalin's Englishman), Jim Powell (Trading Futures). Read More

ROMANIA - The Transylvanian Book Festival

Join writers talking and exploring in Transylvania, the beautiful country that inspires their work. Surrounded by beech and oak forests and the tranquillity of this great medieval landscape. Oh. It is conducted English by the way with excellent guides on hand! When? 8-11 September 2016 Where? Richis,Transylvania Who? 2016 - Anouk Markovits, Alan Ogden, Bcaroline_jamesronwen Riley Bob Gibbons, Georgina Godwin, Jessica Douglas-Home Jonathan Levi, Julie Dawson + Read more

FEATURED AUTHORS

Caroline James

Caroline James (left) was born in Cheshire and wanted to be a writer from an early age. She trained, however, in the catering trade and worked and travelled both at home and abroad. Caroline's debut novel, Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, So, You Think You're A Celebrity… Chef? has been described as wickedly funny: 'AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap…' Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a Finalist at The Write Stuff, London Book Fair 2015 and the judge’s comments included: “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.” The novel is now an Amazon Best Seller. Read Moreian_m_packham_author

Ian M Packham

Ian (right) is an adventurer, award-winning travel writer, and speaker. His biggest adventure to date was the first solo and unassisted circumnavigation of Africa by public transport, a journey of 13 months and 25,000 miles told in his travelogue Encircle Africa: Around Africa by Public Transport. Since then he has travelled the length of Sri Lanka’s longest river on foot and by kayak, walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall as well as the coast of the Isle of Man, and travelled through Denmark and Norway using a guidebook dating back to 1960. Ian’s next adventure will see him travel through North Africa and Italy retracing the steps of his great uncle during World War Two. Read more about Ian

george_clarke_authorGeorge Clarke

Born in Bacup, Lancs in the 1930's, George Clarke (left) left school at age 15 and joined GPO as a telephone engineer apprentice. He became a fully qualified telephone engineer after a two year hiatus wduring which completed National Service in the Royal Signals. He was married at age 23 and fathered two children, a boy and a girl. Later, he spent some years as in a career as a Domestic Appliance Engineer. 

In the 90's  he decided to write and enrolled in college to advance his writing skills. From there on-in his career as an author has not looked back and George has published three books to date including the popular Bold as Brass - (1997). More

FIONA GIBSON is the author of 10 top-selling romantic comedy novels. Focusing on the joys and frustrations of everyday family life, her books have gained her a loyal and enthusiastic following. She is currently published by Avon, an imprint of Harper Collins. From July 2016 Fiona launches a new three-book Avon series, starting with The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane, writing as Ellen Berry. As a children’s author, writing as Fiona Foden, she has published four novels for the 9-12 age range with Scholastic. She has also written a parenting memoir, The Fish Finger Years (Hodder), about the chaotic early parenting years, and is working on a follow-up about the teenage stage.  More

SUE HAMPTON is the author of over 25 books with 5 publishers, for children, teens and adults, across genres. Sue has been booked by over 600 schools, and at festivals like Banbury Literary Live, Lincoln Book Fair, Flamstead Lit Fest, Alton Lit Fest and Watford Big Word Fest. More - Leslie Tate completed a Masterclass with the University of East Anglia Creative Writing School and has an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College, London University. Shortlisted for the Bridport, Geoff Stevens and Wivenhoe Prizes, he runs a stand-up club, a mixed-arts show and a poetry group. His book, Purple, published by Magic Oxygen, is the first in a literary trilogy.  More
- Kate Hewitt/Katharine Swartz (right) is the author of over 40 books of romance and women’s fiction, and in addition to hitting the USA Today bestseller list she has been nominated for zooker_awardseveral writing awards. More

Not The Booker - The Zooker Award

A South West publisher has created a new literary award to ‘encourage disadvantaged authors’ and ‘reward works of social value’. Arkbound, which was founded in early 2015, recently launched the award after seeing how many existing literary awards are orientated towards successful or well-placed authors.

In a slightly tongue-in-cheek move, Arkbound’s new award is called the ‘Zooker Award’ to highlight its polarity with one of the best known literary award on the planet: the Man Booker Prize. Created in 1968 by a wealthy private company that dealt in sugar and rum, the Booker has come to symbolise the crowning glory of a writer’s work – something that most authors can only dream of achieving. Winners of the Booker Prize generally include a long line of critically acclaimed, best-selling authors. Rare is the occasionwhere an unknown and comparatively disadvantaged author is awarded with a prize. It is a trend that most other literary awards follow – from the Costa right to the Franz Kafka prize. Read More