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 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 Flor More
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
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
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
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
When? 16th July 2016 - 17th July 2016 Where? Connolly Hall, Redborne Upper School, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, UK. Read More
Set in the historic grounds of Godolphin and Latymer School in the heart of Hammersmith, Books Unbound Literary Festival is non-profit-making community event, supporting the work of local charity Doorstep Library literacy initiatives in local state primary school Lena Gardens and the bursary programme at Godolphin & Latymer.. When? 25th – 26th June, 2016 Where? Godolphin and Latymer School in the heart of Hammersmith, London Who? 2016 - Former Blue Peter presenter, actress and broadcaster Janet Ellis, speaking about her debut novel The Butcher’s Hook - Psychologist and behavioural scientist, Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, (from Big Brother on Channel 4, ITV’s LK Today, The Wright Stuff on Channel 5 ) will speak on the increased pressures women are undergoing in their life and career. Read More
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
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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 More
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
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 several writing awards. More
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