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Greenwich Book Festival

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Greenwich Book Festival, returns for its second year, on May 27-28, 2016, with a line-up of leading fiction, non-fiction, independent, emerging and children's authors, participating in talks, showcases and hands-on workshops.

Intimate in scale, grand in setting, the two-day event, hosted by the University of Greenwich, under the Royal Greenwich Festivals banner, takes place in the historic Thameside buildings and grounds of the Old Royal Naval College and the neighbouring National Maritime Museum.

Authors involved in the 2016 programme range from kids' favourites Chloe Inkpen and Jim Smith (Barry Loser) to Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley explaining How To Read Water, Kate Summerscale, bestselling authors revealing how to write 'GripLit' and post-punk icon Brix Smith Start discussing her new rock memoir. When? 27 – 28 May 2016. Where? Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London. Read More

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Buckingham Literary Festival - NEW

2016 sees the inaugural Buckingham Literary Festival. Most Sessions will take place in the rather special Radcliffe Centre, Church Street, Buckingham.

Buckingham is in the heart of south-east England, a thriving market town 50 miles from London and 20 miles from Oxford. There is easy access by road and rail connections. Car Parking is available free of charge within the University of Buckingham.

When? Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July Where? Buckingham Radcliff Centre Who? Louis de Bernieres, Saul David, Will Gompertz, Rebecca Fraser, Oliver James, + Read More.

An Invitation to the Dublin Writer's Conference

Weekend conference for writers and those wanting to write, including sessions on writing craft and the new world of indie publishing and promotion. When? 24th-26th June 2016 Where? Irish Writers Center, 19 Parnell Square N, Dublin, Co. Dublin City, Ireland Who? Michael Russell, AD Garrett - aka Margaret Murphy,Conor Kostick, Debbie Young, Alliance ofIndependent authors, Laurence O'Bryan + Read more

wrexham_carival_of_wordsWrexham Carnival of Words

The Carnival of Words is a festival to promote reading and writing across the Wrexham area and its communities. When? Saturday 7th May - Saturday 14th May 2016. Where? Glyndwr University (Wrexham), Wrexham Libraries and various comunity-based venues in the Wrexham area. Who? 2016 - Clare Mackintosh, Martin Edwards, Anthony McGowan, Marie Anne Cope, Robert Low, Anne O’Brien, Andy Seed, Lindsey Davis, Lucienne Boyce, Jasper Fforde Read More

Borders Book Festival

When? 16th – 19th of June, 2016 Where? Harmony House, Melrose, Scotland Who? 2016 -Jonathan Dimbleby will talk about a wonderful new book, Evelyn Glennie, the world’s greatest percussionist performs a groundbreaking new work, Sara Pascoe will make us laugh when she talks about her new book Animal, and hours before lockdown, the great Phill Jupitus finds a Melrose-sized gap in his diary and he will join us in the magic garden at Harmony House in Melrose. Gregor Fisher and Frederick Forsyth will be there with their new autobiographies. More

Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine

The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine is the first ever literary festival in Ireland dedicated to the celebration of food and wine. The programme features national and international authors, chefs, foragers, educators, wine experts, gardeners, publishers, TV presenters, bloggers and journalists. When? 20-22nd May, 2016 Where? Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co.Cork, Ireland. More

Crossing the Tees

Crossing The Tees, is organised by library services across the Tees Valley including Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Darlington. Frances Brody, Jenny Colgan and Stuart Cosgrove are just a few of the celebrated authors who will be giving talks on their books and share their writing experiences. When? 10 – 25 June, 2016 Where? Various locations throughout the Tees Valley More

HowTheLightGetsIn

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Set on the edge of the Black Mountains alongside the Wye in the famed book town of Hay, HowTheLightGetsIn has a magical location. You can join a debate about the nature of the universe with the world's top scientists, laugh until your sides hurt with the UK's best comedians, dance by the river to the finest beats, dine with speakers in Open Platform events or indulge yourself with four course long table banquets. With over 700 events, the range, choice and depth of the programme at HowTheLightGetsIn is unmatched. When? 26th May - 5th June 2016 Where? Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales Who? Natalie Bennett, Roger Scruton, Owen Jones, Frank Wilczek, Ken Livingstone, alongside hundreds of other speakers, and a full music lineup. More

Winchester Writers’ Festival for Aspiring and Working Writers

When? 17 - 19 June, 2016 Where? University of Winchester campus, Winchester, Hampshire

Now in its 36th year, the Winchester Writers’ Festival supports new and emerging creative writers. Its three day programme includes 17 all-day workshops and 28 talks on all aspects of the writer’s craft and getting published. Speakers are top literary agents, commissioning editors or authors, and attendees can book up to four one-to-one appointments for feedback on their work and a commercial appraisal. More

Sun, Sea and Books - Sidmouth Literary Festival

Two days of events in the seaside Regency town of Sidmouth in East Devon. When? Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June 2016 Where? Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8ND Who? Penelope Lively, Veronica Henry, Robert Goodard, Juliet Barker, Con Coughlin. Read more

BeaconLit

A celebration of writing and books held beneath the Ivinghoe Beacon landmark in the beautiful Chilterns countryside.   Established in 2013 as a half-day event, organisers it moved to for a full-day affair in 2014 and it has been growing stronger each year.

In its fourth year in 2016, BeaconLit offers an eclectic feast of literary talent in a friendly atmosphere. With 15 authors, writers, editors and broadcasters in discussion panels, performances and live interviews, it's a great day out for writers, readers and all book lovers. There will be debut authors, a crime fiction panel, historical fiction conversation, performance policy and more. Light refreshments, free parking and giveaways. When? 2nd July, 2016 Where? Brookmead School High Street Ivinghoe Buckinghamshire LU7 9EX ,United Kingdom Who? 2016 - Amanda Jennings, Adina Campbell, Angela Clarke - More

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Beyond the Border, Wales’ International Storytelling Festival, returns this summer with a magnificent three days of stories and music from Wales and across the world. Artistic Director, David Ambrose tells us that the The 2016 festival offers "Epic stories from India, blacksmith tales from around the world, Celtic myth from Wales and Ireland, ancient Greek legends… from transformation tales for adults to fairy tales for kids, there really is something for everyone." When?   1-3 July 2016 Where? St Donats Castle, on the Vale of Glamorgan Coast, nr Cardiff. Just 1/2 an hour from the M4 .Read more

FEATURED AUTHORS

fiona_gibsonFIONA 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 csue_hampton_authorhaotic early parenting years, and is working on a follow-up about the teenage stage.  More

SUE HAMPTON (right) 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_authorLeslie 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 literakate_hewitt_katharine_swartzry trilogy.  More

Kate Hewitt/Katharine Swartz 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 several writing awards. More

 BORE HOLE by  Joe MellenThis is the story of how I came to drill a hole in my head to get permanently high.” Educated Eton and Oxford University – then went off the rails – dropped out and entered the alternative culture wrote “Bore Hole” in 1970 – tried to find a publisher for 45 years ... finally succeeded in 2016. More

‘Sarah Quill’s Ruskin’s Venice: The Stones Revisited sets her glorious photographs of Venetian buildings alongside extracts and engravings from The Stones of Venice … the book perfectly accords with Ruskin’s spirit.’– Times Literary Supplement. More

Catherine Hokin's debut novel, Blood and Roses brings a feminist perspective to the story of Margaret of Anjou More

Michael Morpurgo -Morpurgo has a gift for magical storytelling, and his books also often tackle social issues. More

Malorie Blackman - writes for all ages of children. More

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FRANCE- St Clementin Bilingual LitFest

A bilingual literary festival held in the heart of rural France that sounds absolutely charming. A cultural exchange between English & French authors. When? 24 - 26 June 2016 Where? St Clementin, 79150 Voulmentin SW France Who? In 2016 - Lemn Sissay (right), Patricia Duncker, Gavin Bowd,Roisin McAuley 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, Bronwen Riley Bob Gibbons, Georgina Godwin, Jessica Douglas-Home Jonathan Levi, Julie Dawson + Read more

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RS Thomas Literary Festival

"A Convergence of Creativity" - Poet, Priest and Artist in a Place of Beauty

aberdaron_north_walesThe annual RS Thomas Literary Festival celebrates RS Thomas in the Welsh seaside town where he was vicar and wrote some of his best poetry.

The theme of the 2016 Festival is “Convergence of Creativity.” The event will explore the influence of RS Thomas’s wife, Elsi Eldridge, an accomplished artist, on his work. It will also examine Thomas’s influence on other artists and how Thomas’s poetry was inspired by modern art.

The RS Thomas Literary Festival features the launch of the latest collection of unpublished Thomas poems, Too Brave to Dream. Presentations from three respected Thomas scholars, an evening concert in St. Hywyn’s Church, a walk through the landscape that inspired RS Thomas, poetry performances, an invitation to RS and Elsi’s studio, an art exhibition complete the festival and the Coleridge in Wales project will be there.

This is the opportunity to meet men and women as interested in Thomas as you are!

Where? Aberdaron, Shores of the Irish Sea, Llyn Peninsula, North Wales When? 24 - 27 June 2016 Who? In 2016 - Prof. Tony Brown, RS Thomas Study Centre. Prof. Jason Walford Davie, Bangor University. Rev. Dr John G McEllhenney, Pennsylvania. Gwydion Thomas, son of RS Thomas & Elsi Eldrige. Kitty and her Little Big Band, "Sounds of the Sea", Swansea- More

ampthill_literary_festivalAmpthill Litfest (formerly Ampthill Literary Festival)

2014 witnessed the inaugural Ampthill Literary Festival celebrating local and famous writers with alks, readings and a panel discussion. It was staged as part of the Ampthill Festival, alongside AmpRocks, Proms in the Park and Gala Day. Back for a third time in 2016 with a new monika, Ampthill Litfest, 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.

Saturday 16th July is devoted to British crime writers and comedy writing. Plus in breakout workshops, new authors have an opportunity to get feedback from established writers, a publisher and an agent, and young authors can work with a professional crime writer, theatre dramatist, poet and graphic artist to produce a competition piece. Sunday 17th July features screenwriting, with panels of writers, directors, producers and actors for TV shows (Emmerdale and Coronation Street and Hollyoaks), plus feature film directors from the UK and Hollywood. There will be food concessions, bookstalls, author signings, a beer and wine tent and an art exhibition round off a complete weekend of literary and film entertainment. When? 16th July 2016 - 17th July 2016 Where? Connolly Hall, Redborne Upper School, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, UK. Read More

NiddFest Literary Festival -Celebrating Nature In Writing

NiddFest’s goal is to inspire a greater love of nature and books in audiences young and old. Venues vaupper_nidderdalery 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

 

Graham Greene Ingrahma_greene_authorternational Festival

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: Venues in central Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (Greene King Beer Country!) 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 Flor . More