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    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 on Facebook to keep in the literary loop. This new version of the site has replaced our previous creaking monolith (a metaphor for our times?), so, 'there be gremlins lurking'; any comments, bouquets or brickbats, speak to us gently via the contact page. Blessings Literary Ones. Kevin Parker - Publisher

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    March 2020 Festivals

    Alderney Literary Festival

    The Alderney Literary Festival is the Channel Island's boutique...

    Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival

    Founded in 2013 this annual festival features big ticket...

    Lichfield Literature Festival

    An offshoot of the the annual summer multi-arts festival,...

    LYRA Bristol Poetry Festival

    Lyra is Bristol's brand new poetry festival replacing the...

    Words Weekend Salford

    Staged at Salford’s iconic Lowry venue Words Weekend there...

    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...

    Oxford Literary Festival

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

    York Literature Festival

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

    Bristol Women’s Literature Festival

    Founded in 2013, the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival brings...

    Authors

    Cecil Jenkins

    A graduate of Trinity College Dublin – where...

    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...

    Melinda Salisbury

    Melinda Salisbury is a UK Young Adult author, originally...

    Catherine Hokin

    Catherine is a Glasgow-based author whose fascination with the...

    Barbara Stevenson

    Barbara Stevenson is a writer and veterinary surgeon based...

    Christine L Conroy

    Christine L Conroy was a successful designer/business woman for...

    Susanna Beard

    Susanna is fascinated by human relationships. She can be...

    Paul Goodwin

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

    Tony Curtis

    In October 2016 Seren Press published a collection of...

    Featured

    Chalke Valley History Festival

    A literary festival totally devoted to history that celebrates the fine historians and compelling historical novelists we currently have writing in this country.Festival patrons...

    Faversham Literary Festival

    Established in 2018, Faversham Literary Festival is set for a welcome return in 2020. Where? Faversham, Kent When? 19th to 23rd February 2020 Who? 2020- Michael Rosen, Melvyn Bragg,...

    Jersey Festival of Words

    A five day literary festival on the beautiful Channel Island of Jersey. Founded in 2015 the event makes a welcome return in 2020 featuring...

    Literary Tourism

    Brooklyn Book Festival

    The Brooklyn Book Festival celebrates reading, authors, discussion and published literature through free and low-cost programs that bring readers together with local, national and...

    Cape Clear Island Storytelling Festival

    An annual storytelling festival in a stunning setting where Irish and international storytellers and musicians are invited to perform. This packed three day event...

    International Book Festival Santo Domingo

    Organized by the Culture Ministry, Santo Domingo’s longstanding celebration of literature is the largest and most important book fair in the Caribbean. The event...

    April 2020

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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...

    May 2020

    Stratford Literary Festival

    Stratford is right up there with the very best...

    Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival

    Established in 2016, the annual Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival...

    St Ives Literature Festival

    The festival is organised by poet and artist Bob...

    Swindon Spring Festival

    The Swindon Festival of Literature has morphed into the...

    Featured Region South West England

    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...

    Wells Festival of Literature

    Wells Festival of Literature was set up in 1992 to promote the love of books and of reading throughout...

    Poetry

    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.

    King’s Lynn Poetry Festival

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

    STanza Scotland’s Poetry Festival

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

    Newcastle Poetry Festival

    This three day festival kicked-off in 2015 organised by...

    Literary News

    Invitation to the Bread Loaf Literary Translators’ Conference

    June 10 to 16, 2020 The sixth annual Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference is a week-long...

    The 2020 Hillsborough Literary Festival is Cancelled Due to Lack of Council Support

    When The John Hewitt Society established the Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas in...

    Hilary Mantel and Rory Bremner to Headline Stratford Literary Festival 2020

    Dame Hilary Mantel, one of the world’s most acclaimed writers, and Rory Bremner, the...

    Play ‘Counting and Cracking’ wins $100k Victorian Prize for Literature

    Sydney playwright S Shakthidharan and associate writer Eamon Flack have won the $100,000 Victorian...

    Featured Author

    Laurie Graham

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

    Scotland

    Boswell Book Festival

    The Boswell Book Festival is intended to honour the...

    Nairn Book & Arts Festival

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

    Portobello Book Festival

    Portobello Book Festival was started by a group of...

    STanza Scotland’s Poetry Festival

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

    BIG LIT The Stewartry Book Festival 

    BIG LIT is friendly four day festival of all...

    Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival

    Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival, was founded in 2005,...

    Ireland

    Dublin Book Festival

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

    Cape Clear Island Storytelling Festival

    An annual storytelling festival in a stunning setting where...

    West Cork Literary Festival

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

    Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing

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

    Dalkey Book Festival

    Dalkey Book Festival was set up originally in 2010...

    Limerick Literary Festival

    The Festival was formally known as Kate O’Brien weekend...

    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...

    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...

    June 2020

    The Belfast Book Festival

    The festival is growing from strength to strength and events now span 10 days. Based at the Crescent Arts Centre, this year’s festival brings...

    Montgomeryshire Literary Festival “Monty Lit Fest”

    Best-selling crime writer Val McDermid and historian William Hague are among the names confirmed for this year's Montgomeryshire Literary Festival. Now in its third year,...

    Felixstowe Book Festival

    Back for an eighth year in 2020 after a successful debut in 2013 under the guidance of Festival Director and founder Meg Reid. Author talks,...

    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...

    Borders Book Festival 

    The Borders Book Festival claims to be one of Scotland's premier literary events, with some justification. The first time the Book Festival was staged,...

    Festival in the Factory Stoke On Trent

    For three days in June author talks, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and live performances take place all around the canal-side factory in surprising spaces from the old pottery warehouse to the cobbled...

    Chalke Valley History Festival

    A literary festival totally devoted to history that celebrates the fine historians and compelling historical novelists we currently have writing in this country.Festival patrons...

    Greenway Literary Festival

    We're very excited to say the Greenway Literary Festival will be back in 2020! Following last years success of the first ever Literary Festival at...

    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...

    Stoke Newington Literary Festival

    Stoke Newington Literary Festival has been described as 'Unique... the proper London LitFest' (Irvine Welsh), 'The coolest literary festival of the summer' (Authonomy), and...

    Bournville BookFest

    Director Sarah Mullen launched Bournville BookFest in 2014 on a shoestring budget and no experience of running a literature festival. She won a £2000 Vision award...

    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...

    Sidmouth Literary Festival

    Sun,Sea and Books 2020 will witness the sixth Sidmouth Literary Festival. No doubt the famous writers inspired by the area such as Jane Austen, Beatrix...

    July 2020

    Ledbury Poetry Festival

    The largest poetry festival in the country offers a...

    Theakston Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

    It’s the best celebration of crime writing in Europe....

    BeaconLit The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing

    BeaconLit is a one-day event that combines a high...

    Words @ Frome Festival

    Founded in 2001, the community festival comprises ten days...

    Proms at St Jude’s Music and Literary Festival

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

    TS Eliot Festival Little Gidding

    The Festival is a major literary and musical celebration...

    Penzance Literary Festival

    A celebratory get-together for the 'literary village' of West...

    Beyond the Border Wales International Storytelling Festival

    “A world without stories would be a world without...

    Bradford Literature Festival

    Founded in 2014  Bradford Literature Festival has been hailed...