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The Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival celebrates 10 years this year with 5 days of authors, panel discussions, workshops, and events for children - all set beside the sea on the stunning Jurassic Coast. This year's events include an exclusive masterclass with Festival president, Dame Hilary Mantel. When? 19th – 23rd September 2018 Where? In various venues around the town including the Public Hall, the Temple Church and St Peters Church as well as the Budleigh Playhouse. Budleigh Salterton is in Devon. Who? 2018- Lucy Worsley, John McCarthy, Michael Rosen, Dr Adam Rutherford, Wendy Cope, Dame Hilary Mantel, Patrick Gale, Kate Mosse, Sir Michael Morpurgo, Lucy Siegle, Dan Crickshank, Mary Colwell, Hannah Fry, SarahWinman, Kirsty Gunn. Read More


Ted Hughes Festival

The 2018 Ted Hughes Festival will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of the poet laureate Ted Hughes (pictured above) and the 50th anniversary of the publication of his book The Iron Man. There are six Festival events planned by the Elmet Trust. When? 19th-21st October 2018 Where? In and around Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Who? Simon Armitage Frieda Hughes Laura Carlin Neil Clarkson Mark Hinchliffe Alison Lock Charlotte Wetton Judith Wilson Sheila Wild Yvonne Reddick. Read More & book tickets


The Beverley Nichols Weekend has been planned to celebrate and commemmorate the life of Glatton’s most famous resident on the 120th anniversary of his birth. Despite his prodigious creative ouput and position at the very centre of high society in the twenties and thirties, the memory of Beverley Nichols has faded in the public consciousness. In September 2018, the parish of Glatton and the Fenland Trust plan to rekindle interest in the life of a man who rubbed shoulders with the luminaries of his age in the place that he loved most; Glatton.The event will take place over the weekend 7th, 8th & 9th of September 2018. It is a joint venture between The Fenland Trust and Glatton Village in Cambridgeshire. When? 7th-9th September 2018 Where? Glatton, Cambridgeshire, UK Who? Talks by Terry Brignall MBE who has researched the life of Beverley Nichols and his home 'Allways' at Glatton. Read More

Established in 1989, and now in its 29th year, the Guildford Book Festival brings together a vibrant mix of authors and artists from around the world for eight-days of outstanding conversation and lively debate, all held in a welcoming environment. The Festival offers a strong programme of events for children, including an active schools programme When? 7 and 14 October, 2018 Who? 2018 - Martin Bell, Jenni Murray, Max Hastings, Matt Haig, Kate Mosse + Read More

A 'small but perfectly formed' literary festival on the rugged North Cornish coast, the North Cornwall Book Festival offers talks, workshops, exhibitions, family events, school' days, concerts, readings, bookshop, café, and bar. When? 4 - 7 October 2018 Where? St Endellion, Cornwall. PL29 3TP Who? 2018 - Anne Enright, Joanna Trollope, Nina Stibbe,s Patrick Gale, Jill Murphy, Natalie Haynes. Read More


Sevenoaks Literary Festival, now over a decade old, is a small book festival which aims to bring together readers and authors of books of real literary quality.  It attracts substantial audiences from West Kent and beyond.  The programme consists of around a dozen events including a literary lunch and a booklovers' tea. When? 21st September- 6th October, 2018. Read More


The South Coast's newest Literary Festival, Hastings Litfest is focused on writing for writers, exploring the creativity, beauty and power of the written word across a whole host of genres. The event, whose Patron is Sir David Hare, is scheduled to take place from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September, 2018. Read More


Wantage Literary Festival

Originally a celebration of all things Betjeman, the Wantage Literary Festival is now a collection of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. Held during the October school holiday, the festival is dedicated to promoting the written (and spoken) word in all its forms. The Festival is organised by a Festival Director (Victoria Luker in 2018) and run by a team of local volunteers. In addition to the main Festival week of events we also run a lively charitable schools’ programme.When? 20-27 October 2018 Where? Various Venues around Wantage (Oxfordshire) Who? Miles Jupp, Diarmuid Gavin, Sam Willis & James Daybel,l Tracy Borman, Nick Cope, Keggie Carew, Max Hastings, Di Atkinson, Tim Radford + Read More


Edinburgh International Book Festival

Each 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


Liverpool Literary Festival

After a successful inaugural event in 2016 the Liverpool Literary Festival returns for a second outing in 2018. A weekend of discussions, readings, workshops and debates will take place in one of the most dynamic culturally vibrant cities in the world hosted by the University of Liverpool.

The 2018 line-up includes Sir Tony Robinson, Val McDermid , Frank Cottrell Boyce, Colm Tóibín, James Naughtie, Claire Tomalin and Fiona Sampson, amongst other well-known literary figures. When? 19-21 October 2018. Read More


Ryedale Book Festival

Ryedale Book Festival returns this September to Malton with a programme of events for readers who enjoy history, crime, biography, short stories, romantic comedy reads and wine. There will also be a debate about the hot topic of social media etiquette as two top writers discuss the experience of being trolled through their female characters. When? 21-22 September Where? Malton , Ryedale area, Yorkshire Who? Who? Cressida Cowell, Elys Dolan and Sarah Driver, illustrator Emily Gravett and poet Nick Toczek. Alan Johnson, Tracy Borman, Tim Pears. Read More


UK Southern Book Show

A warm invitation is extended to one and all to attend the UK Southern Book Show which takes place at Worthing in the Field Place Barns on Sunday 28 October 2018 10am - 4pm. Over 50+ authors will be in on-hand for a chat about their work. Read More


Althorp Literary Festival

The Althorp Literary Festival is a unique and intimate celebration of the written word which takes place against the backdrop of one of England’s most beautiful, private, historic houses. The event always features a good speaker line-up and the Festival Director, Kim Mundy, has once again booked some fine talent for 2018. There will also be pop-up shops, a variety of food and drink choices and an on-site spa service. Where? The Stables, Althorp, Northampton , England NN7 4HQ When? 5th, 6th & 7th October, 2018 Who? -Bernard Cornwall, Paula Byrne, Helen Castor, Peter Frankopan, Simon Jenkins+ More



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


Wells Festival of Literature

Wells Festival of Literature was set up in 1992 to promote the love of books and of reading throughout the community. The Festival is run by a committee of volunteers, and is funded by ticket sales, competition entries and our generous local sponsors. It operates over nine days every October and celebrated it's 25th anniversary in 2017. Any surplus from the Festival is used to help fund local education projects. When? 19 - 27 October 2018. More


Borderlines - Carlisle Book Festival

Borderlines Book Festival returns to Carlisle in October for its fifth successive year. There will be events from Thursday September 27th - Sunday October 7th with the main festival taking place over the weekend of 5th – 7th October. A festival for readers and writers, with talks, poetry and workshops held in various venues in the city centre, including the Cathedral. When? 2018 - There will be events from Thursday September 27th - Sunday October 7th , with most taking place October 5th – 7th  at the Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle Library, Tullie House Museum, Cakes & Ale Café, the Museum of Military Life and Stanwix  Arts Theatre.Where? Various venues throughout Carlisle Who? 2018 - Alan Johnson, Susan Calman, Jackie Kay, Pat Barker+ Read more


The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

One 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


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David Parkins

 David was born in Kent and when twelve years old his family moved to Northumberland where he finished school and enlisted into the army as a trainee vehicle fitter.

He spent the next decade as a mechanic repairing tanks in Germany, West Berlin and Canada. He completed his service and his thirties saw him working as a police constable in Newcastle. He was promoted to Sergeant a week after his fortieth birthday. Half a dozen years’ later injuries caused whilst effecting an arrest compelled his early retirement.

Whilst convalescing, he pursued his interests which included volunteering as a gardener for a local National Trust property. He became involved with the maintenance of the property’s extensive woodlands and decided, illogically, to plant his own. He bought a field, signing the title deeds just after his forty-ninth birthday.

Fifteen years of intensive tree planting followed. His project attracted plenty of outside interest and soon David was writing woodland pamphlets to answer his visitors’ many questions. The pamphlets developed into his book – Saplings and Spades - the first royalty cheque arriving on the day of his first state pension payment. Read more or book David for your festival


Debi Evans

In 2006 Debi co-wrote and self-published ‘The Secret Society of Dragon Protectors’ series of books with John MacPherson selling more than 50,000 copies worldwide. Upon returning to England in 2011 she rescued a Jack Russell from Dog’s Trust and embarked upon writing ‘The Secret Adventures of Rolo’ written from the perspective of her time-travelling dog including plenty of history, fact, fantasy and humour with the fourth book in the series just out (July 2018). The books are aimed primarily at 7-12 year olds and enjoyed by adults too. Debi successfully visits primary schools and adult groups in the UK and overseas to talk about her books and inspire creative writing. Read more or book Debi for your festival


Clifford James Hayes

After stints as an award-winning designer (in the publishing, advertising and marketing sectors) he eventually set-up his own freelance design practice - and has been churning out thousands of book jacket designs, album sleeve artworks and the like ever since.

Downtime in the 'day job’ allows him to bang-out the occasional novel and be an independent publisher - he's written / illustrated / published about twenty titles, at time of writing. Most of his books are for children, with twists of Pythonesque humour thrown-in to amuse their parents. Some, like the 'Murkmyre Saga' books and the aforementioned 'Out Of My Head’ are grown-up, but still very silly. Read More or book Clifford for your festival

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August Literary Festivals

Please check all dates with official sites. Have we missed any events? Let us know via the Organisers page.

Edinburgh International Book Festival -The next Book Festival is on 11th-27th August 2018

(The) Hastings Lit Fest - East Sussex - 31/08/2018 - 02/09/2018

Swanwick Writers' Summer School - 12-18 August 2017

September Literary Festivals 2018

please confirm all dates and details via official site links on individual festival pages

ArchWay With Words Book Festival, London - September 22nd - 29th, 2018

Agatha Christie Festival 15th September, 2018

Appledore Book Festival -21st – 29th September 2018

Aspects Irish Literature Festival - 19 – 30 September, 2018

Banbury Literary Live - Banbury community and family literary event returns for its sixth year on 15th September, 2018, in its new home at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury town centre.

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature -Friday 28 September – Sunday 7 October, 2018

Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend Festival - Now the Omagh Literary Festival September 2018 TBC

Beverley Literature Festival -2018 TBC - Has morphed into "Out of this Word- Lit Up' and has combined with the Bridlington Poetry Festival

Beverley Nichols Weekend (The), Gatton, Cambridgeshire 7th-9th September, 2018

Bewdley Book Week - Seems to becoming a stream in the Bewdley Festival. 12th October to 21st October, 2018

Bloody Scotland - Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival - 21st-23rd September, 2018

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival -19th – 23rd September 2018

Bristol Poetry Festival - 2018 TBC

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, Ireland -31 August-2 September, 2018

Cardiff Book Festival 7th-9th September, 2018

Chiswick Book Festival - The 10th Chiswick Book Festival will take place from September 12th to 17th, 2018

Cork International Short Story Festival -2018 Festival Wednesday the 12th of September to Saturday the 15th

Eastbourne Book Festival - 2018 TBC

Essex Poetry Festival - Rolling series through September/October

Graham Greene International Festival - The 20th Graham Greene International Festival will take place in Berkhamsted, Thursday 20th September to Sunday 23rd September 2018.

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival - 2018 TBA

(The) Hastings Lit Fest - East Sussex - 31/08/2018 - 02/09/2018

Ilkley Literarture Festival - 28th September- October 14th, 2018

Islay Book Festival - 27th-30th September 2018

Jersey Festival of Words - 26th & 30th Sept 2018

King's Lynn Poetry Festival - 28-30 September 2018

Lincoln Book Festival -Monday 24th September - Saturday 29th September, 2018

Lowestoft Library Literary Festival (Oct some years) -2018 TBC

Manx Litfest - 25 September - 30 September 2018

Marlborough Literature Festival -28 – 30 September 2018

Moray Book Festival -2018 TBC

Morley Arts Festival (formerly Morely Literature Festival) -2018 TBC

Nairn Book and Arts Festival - 11th – 16th September 2018

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival - 13 – 16 September 2018

Rye Arts Festival - East Sussex , 15th September - 30th September 2018

Sevenoaks Literary Festival 21st September- 6th October, 2018

St Ives September Festival - 9th -23rd September, 2018

Tidelines Book Festival - North Ayreshire -28th- 30h September, 2018

Wigtown Book Festival - 21-30 September 2018

Wymondham Words Festival - 2018 Mid october -early November





October Literary Festivals -

Althorp Literary Festival - 5th, 6th & 7th October, 2018

Appledore (continues some years from September)

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature Friday 28 September – Sunday 7 October, 2018

Berwick Literary Festival -The 2018 festival will be held on 19th-21st October

Beverley Literature Festival -28th September -22nd October, 2017. Has morphed into "Out of this Word- Lit Up' and has combined with the Bridlington Poetry Festival

Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival -5th -7th October 2018

Black Hut Festival of Writing, Music & Film- Hastings, East Sussex - October . 2018 TBA

Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film and Music -  Thursday 11 October and Sunday 14 October, 2018

Birmingham Literature Festival - 4-14 October, 2018

Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival Mon 1 - Sun 7 Oct 2018

Bridlington Poetry Festival - 2018 TBA. Usually late September/early October

Bristol Festival of Literature - 2017 TBC -

Canterbury Festival - 20 October - 3 November, 2018

Cheltenham Literature Festival - 5th-14th October 2018

Cuckfield BookFest - West Sussex 5th-7th 0ctober, 2018

Dalkey Creates - (Republic of Ireland) - 11-13 October, 2018

Dorchester Literary Festival - 17th-21st October 2018

Dundee Literary Festival -Literary Dundee - now appears to be a stream in Festival of the Future. 17-21 October 2018

Durham Book Festival -6- 14 October 2018

Essex Poetry Festival - Rollling series through September/October

Exeter Poetry Festival  - 4th October, 2018

Festilitt - Parisot Literary Festival (France) - October 2018 TBC

FlipSide Festival - 2018 TBA

Frinton Literary Festival - Took place in October in 2017. Website seems to have vanished as of June 2018. News anyone?

Guildford Book Festival - 7 to 14 October, 2018

Henley Literary Festival -September 29 – October 7, 2018

Hillingdon Literary Festival - Friday 5 October to Sunday 7 October 2018

Humber Mouth Literature Festival - October. 2018 TBC

Ilkley Literarture Festival - 28th September- October 14th, 2018

Jersey Festival of Words - 26th -30th Sept 2018

Isle of Wight Literary Festival - Thursday 11th October to Sunday 14th October, 2018

King's Lynn Poetry Festival -28-30 September 2018

Knutsford Literary Festival - Generally early to mid-October. 2018 TBC

Literary Dundee - now appears to be a stream in Festival of the Future (2018). 17-21 October 2018

Liverpool Literary Festival - 19-21 October 2018

Lowestoft Library Literary Festival - October 2018

Marlborough Literature Festival -28 – 30 September 2018

Manchester Literary Festival -5th - 21st October 2018

Manx Litfest -25 September - 30 September 2018

Mere Literary Festival -8th-14th October, 2018

Morley Arts Festival (formerly Morely Literature Festival) - End September beginning October. 2018 TBC

New Writers UK - October. 2018 TBA. Website has vanished as of June 2018 - news anyone?

North Cornwall Book Festival - 4 - 7 October 2018


October 2018 Continued

Off the Shelf Festival of Words 6th -27th October, 2018

Omagh Literary Festival Honouring Bendidict Kiely (formerly Bendidict Kiely Weekend) - 2018 TBC

Petworth Literary Weekend, West Sussex. 27October - 4 November 2018

Rochester Literature Festival - Rolling series it seems. Generally an author event late September/early October -

Rye Arts Festival - East Sussex 15th September - 30th September 2018

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival - Fri 19 - Tue 31 October, 2018

Sevenoaks Literary Festival -- 21st September- 6th October, 2018

Sherborne Literary Festival -10 - 14 October, 2018

Shoreham Wordfest - 1-20 October, 2018

Tarbet Book Festival - 26-28 October, 2018

Ted Hughes Festival, West Yorkshire - 19th-21st October 2018

Thame Arts & Literature festival - 18th to 21st October 2018

Times Literature Cheltenham Festival - 5th-14th October 2018

UK Southern Book Show - 28 October 2018

Wakefield Lit Fest - 2018 TBA

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival -20-27 October 2018 (October School Holiday)

 Warwick Words History Festival. 1to 7October, 2018 (formerly Warwick Words)

Wellington Literary Festival - Incorporated ino the Wellington Festival. Generally runs from end of August through October each year. 2018 dates TBA

Wells Festival of Literature - 19th - 27th October 2018

Wimbledon Book Festival -4-14 October 2018

Winchester Poetry Festival - Bieenial- even years. The next festival takes place 5 - 7 October 2018

Yeovil Literary Festival - Somerset -25th October - Sunday 29th October 2018