Sunday, March 29, 2020

Welcome to the World of Literary Festivals

Online since 2007, we provide details of hundreds of Community Literary Festivals, a literary news stream, major book award results and a publicity boost for authors.  Follow the menu prompts above to update or submit new event or author details. Follow us on Twitter @litfests or /literaryfestival on Facebook to keep in the literary loop. Sadly, a number of Lifests have cancelled taking precautions regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. Check-out our social media feeds or the Cancelled Festivals tab under News above.  Blessings Literary Ones. Kevin Parker - Publisher

Editors' Choice

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Fishbourne Literary Festival Fishbourne Loves Books

The day is for book lovers of all descriptions, but if you’d just prefer to browse the festival's huge selection of second-hand books, then...
Guernsey Literary Festival

Guernsey Literary Festival

With over 70 events for all interests and ages, the Festival is a unique opportunity to come together to celebrate the written word all...
Minehead Literary Festival

Minehead Literary Festival

Founded in 2019, the event is back for a second time and is taking place on Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26, 2020.The...
Stratford Literary Festival

Stratford Literary Festival

Stratford is right up there with the very best Litfests throughout the nation. Terrific ongoing job from Foundation Director Annie Ashworth and her polished...
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Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

London's Largest Dedicated Children's Literature Festival London's largest dedicated children's books event is moving to 13 and 14 June from in 2020 as a permanent...

March 2020 Festivals

Fishbourne Literary Festival Fishbourne Loves Books

The day is for book lovers of all descriptions,...

STanza Scotland’s Poetry Festival

The only regular festival dedicated to poetry in Scotland, StAnza is...

Weston Super Mare Literary Festival

This free week long festival will feature an line...

Leeds Lit Festival

Leeds Lit Festival will celebrate the vibrant and thriving...

York Literature Festival

A festival in one of the UK's most beautiful...

Alderney Literary Festival

2020 FESTIVAL CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS. READ MORE The...

Words Weekend Salford

2020 EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS. READ MORE Staged...

Oxford Literary Festival

Over 350 writers flock to the famous university city...

London’s Inaugural Deptford Literature Festival Cancelled

  NEWS The inaugural Deptford Literature Festival organised, by Spread the...

Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival

2020 FESTIVAL CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS Source: https://twitter.com/AyeWrite/status/1238444028468891652 Aye Write!...

Authors

Hugh Roberts

(in the authors words) I was born in Pembrokeshire in...

Chrys Salt MBE

Chrys Salt is a poet with roots deeply planted in...

Amanda Craig

Novelist, Short story writer, Critic, Journalist A “state of the...

Shalini Bhalla-Lucas

Shalini Bhalla-Lucas is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, speaker, teacher/trainer...

Claire King

I was born in East Yorkshire (which is a...

Joanna Lilley

Poet and novelist Joanna Lilley is from the UK...

Justin Newland

Justin was born and raised in Southend, Essex, near...

David Lewis-Hodgson

David, who was at the forefront of photojournalism during...

Laurie Graham

Laurie was first published at the advanced age of...

Catherine Fisher

Catherine was born in Newport, South Wales. She graduated...

Jennifer Gilmour

Born in the 80’s and from the North East...

Pat Abercromby

Pat Abercromby published her debut fictional novel in 2017,...

Rochelle Potkar

Author of ‘The Arithmetic of Breasts and other stories’ and...

Annabel Kantaria

In 2013, British expat Annabel won the inaugural Montegrappa...

Wendy Buonaventura

Wendy Buonaventura is a writer and dancer whose work...

Andrew Smith -Author

Andrew Smith is an author of historical fiction. He...

Paul Goodwin

Paul Goodwin is an Emeritus Professor at the University...

Stan L Abbott

Stan Abbott, who writes his fiction under the name...

William Cash

William Cash was born in London in 1966 and...

Lynn Emslie

A career covering acute healthcare, mental health, health in...

Barbara Lorna Hudson

A farmer’s daughter from Cornwall, Barbara Lorna Hudson studied...

 Ian Shircore

Ian Shircore is an author and ghostwriter who has...

Angela Young

I began writing when I was young. I loved...

Riis Marshall

Following a long career as management consultant with projects...

David Harbourne

David Harbourne was born and brought up in Yorkshire,...

Featured

Vicarious Festival – Thought Provoking Travel Literature and Photography

3 immersive days. 400 inquisitive minds. A world of stories. The Vicarious Festival is a not-for-profit celebration of cultural diversity and the power of...

Stratford Literary Festival

Stratford is right up there with the very best Litfests throughout the nation. Terrific ongoing job from Foundation Director Annie Ashworth and her polished...

Minehead Literary Festival

Founded in 2019, the event is back for a second time and is taking place on Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26, 2020.The...

Featured Authors

Andy McConnell

Andy McConnell is probably the world’s most-published author/writer about glassware, from ancient to modern. He was the first glass specialist recruited to BBC TV’s...

Adrian Hayes

Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer, author, keynote speaker, business coach, documentary presenter and sustainability campaigner. An Arabic and Nepalese speaking former British Army...

Andrew Lownie

Andrew Lownie has been a journalist, bookseller, publisher and since 1985 a literary agent – first as a director of Curtis Brown and since...

Wolfgang Grulke

Intoxicated by a sense of wonder for the future, and the distant past, Wolfgang lives in the space between the two. His business career...

Annabel Kantaria

In 2013, British expat Annabel won the inaugural Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Her work caught the...

Christian Kyriacou

Christian Kyriacou is an Architect, House Whisperer, Philosopher, Author, Storyteller, Spatial Psychotherapist, Musician, Composer, Filmmaker, Feng Shui, Vaastu and Geomancy Consultant. He has appeared...

Book Awards

2020 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Longlist

The Walter Scott Prize celebrates quality of writing in the English language, and is open to novels published in the previous year in the...

2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Finalists Announced

Excellence Drives Fierce Competition in Ockham New Zealand Book Awards’ Shortlist Debut writers and literary luminaries vie for the country’s premier book honours as the...

Ezra Jack Keats Award for an Extraordinary Children’s Book

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), has announced the winners...

April 2020

Guernsey Literary Festival

Cancellation of 2020 Guernsey Literary Festival

The Guernsey Literary Festival, one of the island’s major annual arts events, has been cancelled following the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic and advice...
Histfest London

HistFest London’s Festival Celebrating the Best in the World of History

HistFest 2020 is a dynamic festival that celebrates the brightest and the best in the world of history. Over the course of three days,...
Stowmarket

Skulduggery in Stowmarket: Suffolk’s crime writers’ festival returns for a third year   

Stowmarket library is pleased to announce that it will be running the third ‘Skulduggery in Stowmarket’ crime festival during the last weekend in April. Skulduggery in Stowmarket will take place...
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Cambridge Literary Festival

An twice a year literature festival held in the spring and winter in Cambridge and surrounding area. From poetry to politics, fiction to finance, history to...
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Wrexham Carnival of Words

The Carnival of Words is a festival to promote reading and writing across the Wrexham area and its communities, regardless of age or background....
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Shoreham Wordfest Celebrating Shakespeare

An annual celebration of Shakespeare with theatre, music and song, talks, film and an evening of revels. When? 22nd - 26th April 2020 Where? Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex Who...
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Scarborough Literature Festival Books by the Beach

Established in 2009. A chance to meet authors in this famous seaside town. When?  24th-26th April, 2020 Where? Scarborough, North Yorkshire Who? 2020 TBA - Festival Website: Books by the...
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Hexham Book Festival

Hexham Book Festival blends words, stories and ideas and offers a mixed bag of literary delights for all ages. The festival runs across eight venues...
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Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival

The Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival is a FREE public event celebrating books and reading. Founded in 2015 by local author Debbie Young, it is now...
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Colonsay Book Festival

First festival took place in 2012. A quality group of Scotttish authors gather to entertain in this stunning location. When? April 26th and 27th, 2020 Who?...

South-West England

Authors Announced for Greenway Literary Festival at Agatha Christie’s Holiday Home

Big name writers will join book-lovers this June for the return of the Greenway Literary Festival at Agatha Christie’s holiday home, cared for by...

Taunton Literary Festival

The festival is organised and marketed by Brendon Books, Taunton’s independent bookseller, making it a unique event with an eye on overlooked corners of...

Stroud Book Festival

Stroud Book Festival is a 5-day literary feast for book lovers, showcasing writing on a variety of themes. Stroud’s annual festival of the best in...

London

London’s Inaugural Deptford Literature Festival Cancelled

  NEWS The inaugural Deptford Literature Festival organised, by Spread the Word and independent producer Tom MacAndrew, has been cancelled due Coronavirus concerns. The event, scheduled...

HistFest London’s Festival Celebrating the Best in the World of History

HistFest 2020 is a dynamic festival that celebrates the brightest and the best in the world of history. Over the course of three days,...

London’s Largest Dedicated Children’s Literary Festival June 13th & 14th in 2020

BARNES CHILDREN'S LITERATURE FESTIVAL 'Delightful, imaginative, innovative - and beautifully organised.' Dame Jacqueline Wilson London now has a world class children's book festival' SF Said London's largest...

South-East

Wealden Literary Festival

At heart, Wealden Literary Festival is a chance to unearth some of the magic of the natural world and celebrate our relationship with place...

St Hilda’s College Crime Fiction Weekend

A weekend with a difference in glorious Oxford. Founded 1994. Inspiring talks, superb meals, murder/mystery, readerly camaraderie. The 2020 theme is ‘All Our Yesterdays’: historical...

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...

Yorkshire & Humber

Leeds Lit Festival

Leeds Lit Festival will celebrate the vibrant and thriving literature scene that exists in Leeds with local writers, performers and artists showcasing their talents...

Todmorden Book Festival

Todmorden Book Festival celebrates the written word, with book-related events that stimulate, inspire and challenge audiences.  The programme focuses on the work of new...

Off the Shelf Festival of Words

“By far and away one of the best festivals in the UK” Clara Wormersley Random House “One of the most pleasant and enjoyable festivals I...

North-East England

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Newcastle Poetry Festival

This three day festival kicked-off in 2015 organised by Newcastle University’s Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA). It marked the culmination of an 18-month...
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Durham Book Festival

Durham Book Festival is a partnership project produced by Durham City Arts and New Writing North. The festival is programmed by New Writing North, the...

East England

Wymondham Words

Wymondham Words Festival

A three-day Wymondham Words Festival held in this lovely Norfolk market town. Next festival set for autumn 2020. Where? Wymondham, South Norfolk. When? Next festival Autumn 2020. Biennial. Who...
Poetry in Aldeburgh

Poetry in Aldeburgh

The annual Poetry Festival, run by the Poetry Trust, regrettably ended in 2015 after over 25 years of operation when the Trust folded. Thankfully,...

May 2020

Guernsey Literary Festival

Cancellation of 2020 Guernsey Literary Festival

The Guernsey Literary Festival, one of the island’s major annual arts events, has been cancelled following the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic and advice...
Ullapool Book Festival

Ullapool Book Festival Pulls the Plug on 2020 Event

The sixteenth Ullapool Book Festival is the latest event to fall victim to the coronavirus. It was to have been staged in the Wester...
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Derby Book Festival

Over 70 events celebrating the joy of books and reading for all ages and interests, with great writers, poets, historians, politicians, illustrators, storytellers and...
Lincoln Book Festival

Lincoln Book Festival

The Lincoln Book Festival has attracted local, national and international writers and artists who celebrate both historical and contemporary works of art spanning from...
Whitlit - Whitstable Literary Festival

Whitlit The Whitstable Literary Festival

A festival of literary delights by the sea in one of the prettiest towns in the country. Big names and new voices celebrate independent...
Ullapool Book Festival

Ullapool Book Festival

https://www.literaryfestivals.co.uk/ullapool-book-festival-pulls-the-plug-on-2020-event/ Ullapool Book Festival, an intimate and welcoming literary festival gathering in a pleasant highland town on the shores of Loch Broom. Nice balanced programme with...

Literary News

Cancellation of 2020 Guernsey Literary Festival

The Guernsey Literary Festival, one of the island’s major annual arts events, has been cancelled following the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic and advice...

Australia Sydney Writers’ Festival Joins List of Covid-19 Cancellations

STATEMENT FROM SYDNEY WRITERS' FESTIVAL ORGANISERS Today we have made the inevitable but nonetheless devastating decision to cancel this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival, which was...

Ullapool Book Festival Pulls the Plug on 2020 Event

The sixteenth Ullapool Book Festival is the latest event to fall victim to the coronavirus. It was to have been staged in the Wester...

Daunt Books Festival Cancelled Due Coronavirus Concerns

STATEMENT FROM FESTIVAL ORGANISERS SOURCE: FESTIVAL ELETTER 14TH march, 2020 It is with great regret that in the light of the current coronavirus outbreak we have...

Cancelled: Alderney Literary Festival 20-22 March2020

Source: https://www.alderneyliterarytrust.com/ STATEMENT FROM ALDERNEY ORGANISERS In consideration of the developing situation with COVID-19, it is with great regret that the organisers of Alderney Literary Festival...

COVID-19 Literary Festival Cancellations

Sadly, a number of upcoming Literary Festivals have cancelled taking precautions in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Please check with all events directly to...

Salford’s Words Weekend Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Fears

Words Weekend, scheduled to take place March 27 to 29th March in Salford's Lowry Centre, has been called off due to coronavirus fears. Artistic director...

London’s Inaugural Deptford Literature Festival Cancelled

  NEWS The inaugural Deptford Literature Festival organised, by Spread the Word and independent producer Tom MacAndrew, has been cancelled due Coronavirus concerns. The event, scheduled...

Tucson Festival of Books Festival Cancelled Amid COVID-19 Concerns

STATEMENT FROM THE ORGANISERS OF THE TUSCON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of the Tucson Festival of...

Edinburgh Book Festival Announces Zimet as Deputy Programme Director

The Edinburgh Book Festival has announced that Tamara Zimet has been appointed as the Book Festival's new Deputy Programme Director. Tamara was previously Associate...

June 2020

Derby Book Festival

Over 70 events celebrating the joy of books and...

Wealden Literary Festival

At heart, Wealden Literary Festival is a chance to...

Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Stoke Newington Literary Festival has been described as 'Unique......

Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

London's Largest Dedicated Children's Literature Festival London's largest dedicated children's...

Felixstowe Book Festival

Back for an eighth year in 2020 after a...

Proms at St Jude’s Music and Literary Festival

Proms at St Jude’s is a community festival of...

Bradford Literature Festival

Founded in 2014  Bradford Literature Festival has been hailed...
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Featured Region South West England

Authors Announced for Greenway Literary Festival at Agatha Christie’s Holiday Home

Big name writers will join book-lovers this June for the return of the Greenway Literary Festival at Agatha Christie’s...

Taunton Literary Festival

The festival is organised and marketed by Brendon Books, Taunton’s independent bookseller, making it a unique event with an...

Stroud Book Festival

Stroud Book Festival is a 5-day literary feast for book lovers, showcasing writing on a variety of themes. Stroud’s annual...

Cambridge Winter Literary Festival

The festival once known as Cambridge Winter Wordfest and the seasonal sister of the spring event Cambridge Literary Festival (formly...

Bridport Literary Festival

Under the guidance of Foundation Director, Tanya Bruce-Lockhart, the Bridport Literary Festival has grown from strength to strength since...

The Yeovil Literary Festival

The festival is a not for- profit partnership between The Octagon Theatre (part of South Somerset District Council), Waterstones...

Poets

Tony Curtis

In October 2016 Seren Press published a collection of poems which celebrate fifty years...

Laura Sansom A poet and writer of many other things

I compiled many of my poems into the first collection titled “Between devils and...

Poetry Festivals

Time for a change of genre focus? We are blessed with some wonderful Poetry Festivals throughout the UK and Ireland. Check some of our featured events to help you plan your year ahead.

Strokestown International Poetry Festival

Strokestown International Poetry Festival - aims to provide a forum...

VERVE Festival of Poetry & Spoken Word

A four day festival of sparkling poetry and awe...

King’s Lynn Poetry Festival

The King's Lynn Poetry Festival is held in September...

Featured Author

Adrian Hayes

Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer, author, keynote...

Scotland

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Billed as ‘the world’s finest feast of traditional storytelling’,...

Tarbet Book Festival

The inaugural festival took place in 2013 and still...

Nairn Book & Arts Festival

Annually Arts Festival with a sound literary strand. Ideal...

Islay Book Festival

A festival for children and adults. Founded in 2006,...

Ireland

MurderOneFest Dublins International Crime Writing Festival

Ireland's exciting International Crime Writing Festival. Where? @ SmockAlley Theatre, Dublin,...

Franco Irish Literary Festival

The Franco-Irish Literary Festival is the result of successful collaboration between...

Dublin Book Festival

The Dublin Book Festival is a partnership between DBF...

West Cork Literary Festival

West Cork Literary Festival is a week-long celebration of...

Listowel Writers’ Week

Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival...

Strokestown International Poetry Festival

Strokestown International Poetry Festival - aims to provide a forum...

Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing

Each year since 2003 Immrama has been held in...

Dalkey Creates

Dalkey Creates is purpose is to nurture, create and...

West Midlands

Shrewsbury Festival of Literature

Shrewsbury Festival of Literature (SFL) is run by a group of people who love...

Warwick Words History Festival

An historically rich city hosts a literary celebration with an emphasis on workshops and...

Southam Book Festival

Celebrating their 3rd year in 2020, Southam Book Festival aims to offer the best...

Birmingham Literature Festival

The Birmingham Literature Festival (previously known as theBirmingham Book Festival) is run by Writing West...

July 2020

Africa Writes Festival of African Literature

The Royal African Society’s  Africa Writes festival showcases the best established and rising literary talent from Africa and its diaspora. With book launches, readings, discussions,...

Theakston Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

It’s the best celebration of crime writing in Europe. Theakstons Old Peculier crime writing festival, with competitions, panel discussions. Presentation of The Theakston's Old...

Words @ Frome Festival

Founded in 2001, the community festival comprises ten days of music (modern, folk and classical), literature, drama, comedy, films, photography, exhibitions, green issues, fashion,...

John Clare Society Festival

This is an annual event, involving guided village walks, poetry readings, talks, folk music and dance, and usually a commented coach tour around Clare...

Beyond the Border Wales International Storytelling Festival

“A world without stories would be a world without collective memories, without shared dreams and shared hopes. Beyond the Border is all about helping...

Proms at St Jude’s Music and Literary Festival

Proms at St Jude’s is a community festival of music and culture. It takes place each June in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11. The...

TS Eliot Festival Little Gidding

The Festival is a major literary and musical celebration of the life and work of Nobel Prize winning writer Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965). A weekend...

BeaconLit The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing

BeaconLit is a one-day event that combines a high quality literary festival with an intimate village atmosphere. Entirely staffed and run by volunteers, the...

Ledbury Poetry Festival

The largest poetry festival in the country offers a mad mix of eclectic, eccentric and exciting music and poetry events. Scenic walks,readings, film and writing...

Way with Words Festival at Dartington Hall

Ways With Words is a vibrant and joyful 10-day festival, a chance for those who read books to meet those who write them. The...

Bradford Literature Festival

Founded in 2014  Bradford Literature Festival has been hailed as one of the most inspirational festivals in the UK. With over 200 events packed...

Penzance Literary Festival

A celebratory get-together for the 'literary village' of West Cornwall - authors, poets, readers, publishers. An ideal addition to a summer holiday for visitors...