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July -August 2019

Here are dates for July, August & September 2019 that I have on-hand plus a few for the diary if planning ahead.

I am taking an extended break in the latter part of the year so please get your dates and details in ASAP for September onwards if you have not already done so. Festival organisers can update details or send new listing info here.

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2019 witnesses the 10th anniversary of the Penzance Literary Festival, congratulations to all involved in the journey this far! A comfortable gathering offering a range of workshops, author talks and entertainment at affordable prices.The event brings you the light and the dark; the past and the present; the local and the exotic - all centred, this year 2019, on the theme Borderlines. When?  From July 3rd-6th, 2019 Where? The Acorn Theatre and other venues in the centre of Penzance, Cornwall Who? 2019 - Tim Pears, Kate Clanchy, John Harvey ++ Read More


Celebrating a seventh year in 2019, BeaconLit is a one-day event that combines a high quality literary festival with an intimate village atmosphere. When? Saturday, July 13 2019 Where? Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire. Who? Robert Dawes, Leigh Russell, Jane Wenham-Jones, Quentin Bates++ Read More


Now in its seventy-first year (2019), Swanwick Writers' Summer School is a week-long programme for writers of all ages, abilities and genres. Featuring courses, workshops, guest speakers, panels and optional one-to-one sessions and much more. Appearances this year include Sophie Hannah, who will be taking you through what makes a dream author that publishers want to work with. Prices from £485 for a fully inclusive week. When? 10-16 August, 2019 Read More


Shoreham Wordfest is a lively celebration of words and ideas, with the theme of "Shaping the Future" featuring author talks, drama, poetry and children's events. Venues are around the district including Ropetackle Arts Centre, St. Mary de Haura, ancient church, the Verda houseboat and woodland theatre. Creative Writing Workshops start in September as a festival warm up. The festival launch is 27 September, "The Future Starts Here" with a wrap party on 13 October. When? 27 September to 13 October 2019 Where? Various venues, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex Who? 2019 - John Humphrys,Simon Armitage, our new poet Laureate, author Lynne Truss, Polly Toynbee in discussion with Isabel Hardman and Paul Johnson, Stanley Johnson on ecology, dramatists Simon Brett and Janet Behan. Read More

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Lynn Emslie is the author of the charming Jasper and Milo series of books for young children and is developing an approach to encourage First Reading. Read More & contact details to book Lynn for your festival


Upon her first dog, Ruby’s demise, Anna Chelmicka wrote, in 2015, her first book My Friend Ruby chronicling their time together.  She continued travelling in her motorhome with her other dog Amber exploring the countryside. Her second book is Wonderful Walks from Dog-friendly Campsites throughout the UK. Read More & contact details to book Anna for your festival



Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival celebrates 11 years in 2019 with 5 days of best-selling authors, debuts, panel discussions, writing and craft workshops, and events for families - all set beside the sea on the stunning Jurassic Coast in East Devon.When? 18th – 22nd September 2019 Where? In various venues around the town including the Public Hall, the Temple Church and St Peter’s Church and the Church on the Green. Who? 2019 line-up to be announced 1st July. Read More


The FREE annual literary festival in east London. Run by the Libraries Pen to Print programme, ReadFest has been running in local libraries since 2011. Featuring the best of local, national and international writers. This free programme of events is not to be missed. When? Monday 9 to Friday 27 September 2019 Where? London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Libraries. Read More


Salisbury Literary Festival is a festival for readers and writers. The line-ups are predominantly fiction-based to put authors, rather than celebrities, front and centre. When? 18-20 October 2019. Read More


INAUGURAL TRING BOOK FESTIVAL -For ten days in November, the Hertfordshire market town of Tring will be transformed into a literary lover’s dream as the community welcomes a selection of the world’s finest writers. When? Friday 8th to Sunday 17th November 2019 Where? Tring, Hertfordshire. (Various venues). Read More


The Wantage Literary Festival is a collection of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. When? 26th October - 2nd November, 2019 Where? Various Venues around Wantage (Oxfordshire) Who? 2019 - Pam Ayres, Lord David Owen, Katy Brand, Crystal Rasmussen, Peter Stamford, Mary Loudon, Johnny Ball, Ossian Ward+ Read More


A bi-annual gathering, 2019 witnesses the sixth Lavenham Literary Festival. There is a Festival Dinner with Ruth Jones scheduled followed by literary talks including fiction, non-fiction, history, biography, crime writing, poetry and how to get published. There is also a Creative Writing course on offer. Lavenham itself, with its Guildhall – heralded as the finest example of a timbered building of the period in the UK – and 300 listed buildings in a village with a population of under 2000, offers some outstanding hotels, restaurants, shops, and galleries. When? 15 - 17 November 2019, (biennial in odd years)Where? Lavenham, West Suffolk Who? 2019 - Ian McEwan Ruth Jones Pam Ayres Kate Mosse Tracy Borman Andrew Lownie John Higgs + Read More


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July 2019 Literary Festivals

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


Penzance Literary Festival -From July 3rd-6th, 2019

BeaconLit - The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing -Saturday, July 13, 2019

Africa Writes Festival of African Literature Friday 5 July – Saturday 6 July, 2019

Beyond the Border - Wales International Storytelling Festival - Biennial. even years

Bradford Literature Festival- 28th June– 7th July, 2019

Buxton Festival, Derbyshire -5th-21st July, 2019

Caerleon Festival - Literature on the Lawn - South Wales. Part of a series of art and cultural events  July 6th 2019

Chalke Valley History Festival - 24th June – 30th June, 2019

Dartington Hall Way with Words Festival -  5-15 July, 2019

Evesham Festival of Words - Worcestershire - 28th-30th June 2019

Felixstowe Book Festival - 28th June to the 30th June 2019

Fesitval of Chichester -  15 June to 14 July, 2019

Words @ Frome Festival - Frome Festival, 5th – Sunday 14th July 2019

Hebden Bridge Festival - 21st-30th June 2019

John Hewitt International Summer School - Monday 22nd - Saturday 27th July 2019

John Clare Festival - Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July, 2019

Latitude Festival - July 18th -21st, 2019

Ledbury Poetry Festival - 5th to 14th July 2019

Penzance Literary Festival -From July 3rd-6th, 2019

Port Eliot Lit Fest, Cornwall - 25-28th July 2019

Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival -Usually rolling series throughout June-July. Check official site

Theakston Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival - 18th-21st July, 2019

TS Eliot Festival - Sunday 7 July, 2019

West Cork Literary Festival - Monday 12th- Friday 19th July 2019

August 2019

Curious Arts Festival (Arts festival with a literary stream) 23rd -26th August 2019

Edinburgh International Book Festival -The next Book Festival is on 10-26 August 2019

(The) Hastings Lit Fest - East Sussex - 30 August to 1 September, 2019

Islay Book Festival - 29th August to 1st September, 2019

Swanwick Writers' Summer School - 10-16 August 2019

September 2019

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival -18th – 22nd September 2019

ArchWay With Words Book Festival, London - Sat 14th - 21st September, 2019

Agatha Christie Festival 14th - 16th September, 2019

Appledore Book Festival - 20th- 28th September, 2019

Aspects Irish Literature Festival - 2019 TBA- Usually runs throughout September

Banbury Literary Live - 2019 TBA

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature -Friday 27 September – Sunday 6 October 2019

Bloody Scotland - Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival - 20th-22nd September, 2019

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival -18th – 22nd September 2019

ReadFest -East London - Monday 9 to Friday 27 September 2019

Bristol Poetry Festival - 2019 TBC

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, Ireland -30 August - 1 September 2019

Cardiff Book Festival 2019 TBC

Chiswick Book Festival - The 11th Chiswick Book Festival will take place from  September 12th to 16th, 2019

Essex Poetry Festival - Rolling series through September/October

Graham Greene International Festival - 19 – 22 September 2019 in Berkhamsted, Herts

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival - 2019 TBA

(The) Hastings Lit Fest - East Sussex - 30 August to 1 September, 2019

Ilkley Literarture Festival - 4th- October 20th, 2019

Islay Book Festival - 29th August to 1st September, 2019

Jersey Festival of Words - 25th and 29th September, 2019

King's Lynn Poetry Festival - The 2019 Poetry Festival is booked in for 27-29 September

Lincoln Book Festival -Monday 23rd September - Saturday 28th September, 2019

Lowestoft Library Literary Festival (Oct some years) -2019 TBC

Manx Litfest - 24th September - 29th September 2019

Marlborough Literature Festival - Marlborough LitFest 26 – 29 September 2019. 

Moray Book Festival -2019 TBC

Morley Arts Festival (formerly Morely Literature Festival) -2019 TBC

Nairn Book and Arts Festival - 10th – 15th September, 2019

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival - 12 – 15 September 2019

ReadFest -East London - Monday 9 to Friday 27 September 2019

Rye Arts Festival - East Sussex , 14th September - 28th September 2019

Ryedale Book Festival - Taking a break in 2019. Aiming for a 2020 return

Sevenoaks Literary Festival 20 September to 5 October, 2019

St Ives September Festival - September, 2019

Tidelines Book Festival - North Ayreshire -26th- 29th September, 2019

Westgate Literary Festival. Kent September 14-15, 2019

Wigtown Book Festival - 27th September-6th October 2019

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