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Since inception in 2009 the Chiswick Book Festival has hosted many top writers spanning a variety of genres and appealing to a wide ranging audience. The festival is a non-profit-making community event and since starting out has raised over £50,000 for three charities, all of which support reading, literacy and the arts. The Festival continues to be supported by Waterstone’s in Chiswick High Road, Chiswick Library, local businesses and other local bookshops.

When? - September 15th to 19th, 2016 Where? The Festival is generally based in the heart of Chiswick at St Michael & All Angels Church and Parish Hall, close to Turnham Green tube station. Who? 2016 Authors include : Cressida Cowell, Janet Ellis,Daisy Goodwin,Andy Hamilton (right photo credit Steve Ullathorne), Paula Hawkins,Victoria Hislop - Read More


A ten day festival of the best speakers in the arts, humanitiies and sciences.

When? 13th - 23rd October 2016 Where? Archway, N19 North London Who? in 2016 - Reverend Richard Coles , Suzi Quatro,Louise Doughty, Jill Dawson, Christopher Fowler, Jonathan Harvey, Kit de Waal, Caroline Brothers, Paul Morley,Helen Czerski, Guy Fraser-Sampson, Tim Adler, Nina Lyons, Colin Grant, Alex Bellos, Salena Godden, Alex Wheatle, Douglas Cowie, Jake Arnott, Sunny Singh, Erwin James, Greg Jenner,- Read More

borderlines_carlisle_book_festivalBorderlines Carlisle Book Festival

2016 sees the return of Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival to this ancient Cumbrian city for a third outing. A festival for readers and writers, with talks, poetry and workshops held in 4 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? Thursday 29th September - Sunday October 9th Where? Various venues throughout Carlisle Who? In 2016 Alan Johnson, Hunter Davies, Val McDermid,Salley Vickers, Anna Pavord, , David and Ben Crystal, Alexander McCall Smith, Jimmy McGovern, Juliet Barker, Sarah Hall, Susan Calman, Alison Weir, Max Adams, , Will Smith and many more - More

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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

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

The line-up for this year’s Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, taking place from 15th-18th September, has been revealed. The announcement unveils an impressive selection of well-known names from the worlds of literature, philosophy, politics, science, maths and history.

Returning to Budleigh will be much loved poet Jackie Kay MBE (left) and Honorary President Dame Hilary Mantel DBE.  They will be joined by new faces including historian Helen Rappaport, biographers Alexandra Harris and Juliet Nicolson, political journalists Peter Snowdon and Tom Bower and best-selling authors Mark Haddon and Deborah Moggach. Read More 

2016 Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival Line-Up 19-Aug-2016

The line-up for this year’s Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, taking place from 15th-1..

The 2016 Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival final programme announced 19-Aug-2016

American Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Oliver Stone, Karl Ove Knausgaard (below left - photo Ian Ba..

Wakefield Lit Fest 2016 programme announced 19-Aug-2016

Wakefield Lit Fest is back for 2016 and celebrates its..

Entries are invited for the 2016 TRALEE HUMOROUS VERSE COMPETITION 17-Aug-2016

Entries are invited for the 2016 TRALEE HUMOROUS VERSE COMPETITION 1st prize - &euro..

Bloomsbury Announce Publishing Partnership With Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 12-Aug-2016

Bloomsbury have signed a deal with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to create and publish branded titl..

Corvus Acquires Rights UK and Commonwealth to Holly Seddon Book 12-Aug-2016

Sara O'Keeffe, Editorial Director at Corvus, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canad..

Scottish Book Trust New Award To Recognise Significant Contribution to Children's Literature 12-Aug-2016

Scottish Book Trust has announced the creation of a brand new award intended to recognise and celebr..

Shortlist for the Gordon Burn Prize 2016 12-Aug-2016

The shortlist for the Gordon Burn Prize 2016 is: A Woman on the Edge of Time: A Son’s ..

Shortlist: Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016 05-Aug-2016

About the prize Founded in 1988 (and previously known under various banners includ..

Woman Questioned on Return from Honeymoon Due to Book She was Reading on Thomson Airways 05-Aug-2016

English PEN condemns detention of reader under Terrorism Act ..

sarah_pascoeThe Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

The UK’s oldest and most renowned literary festival is back for it's 67th outing. This year’s programme is more vibrant than ever with appearances from appearing include: director Oliver Stone, American Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Ian McEwan, Alan Cumming, Cheryl Strayed, PJ O’Rourke, Lionel Shriver, Jonathan Safran Foer, Teju Cole, Michael Connelly, Ed Balls, Ken Clarke, Graham Swift, Sebastian Faulks, Edna O’Brien, Clare Balding, Jilly Cooper, Armando Iannucci, Wilko Johnson, Simon Armitage, Joe Wicks, Deliciously Ella, Joey Barton, Vivienne Westwood, Chris Riddell, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Hadfield, Alan Carr, Sara Pascoe (left), Alexei Sayle, and illusionist Derren Brown.

In the main it’s structured around two strands of curation: Millennial Lives (guest curated by Akala, Emma Gannon and Cecilia Knapp) and America Uncovered (guest curated by Sarah Churchwell, John Freeman and Reginald D Hunter), while having an eclectic general mix of the best new fiction, big debates, and a packed programme for families and young people. When? 7-16 October 2016. Read More

Graham Greene International 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 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

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

Literary Tourist

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 sessiparisotons. 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


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