Stratford is right up there with the very best Litfests throughout the nation. Terrific ongoing job from Foundation Director Annie Ashworth and her polished team. Held in a gorgeous part of the world.
Celebrating its 13th year in 2020, The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Alongside this is they run a programme of education events in local schools as well as workshops in prisons helping prisoners write bedtime stories for their children.
The event is a highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading.
When? Spring Festival 9th-17th May, 2020
The Winter Weekend generally takes place over the first weekend in November
Where? Stratford Upon Avon
Who? 2020 –Hilary Mantel, Rory Bremner, Cressida Cowell, Lemn Sissay, Maggie O’Farrell, Michael Morpurgo, Joanna Trollope +
Festival Website: www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk
By phone: 0333 666 3366 (Open 9am-7pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat)
In person: Stratford Play House (Tue-Sat 11am-3pm. Please note you cannot make phone bookings at the Play House)
Foundation year: 2008.
Festival Director: Annie Ashworth (Foundation Director)
2019 Winter Festival – The Winter Weekend generally takes place over the first weekend in November
Who has appeared at past festivals? Max Hastings, Jess Phillips, Jenny Eclair, John Humphreys, Carrie Gracie, Tom Holland, Trevor McDonald, Emma Smith, Ned Palmer, David Palmer on Laurie Lee, Jodi Picoult, Sir Michael Parkinson, Lucy Worsley OBE, BBC journalists, World Affairs Editor John Simpson CB, and Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed, Patricia Routledge, Celia Imrie, Larry Lamb, John Humphrys, Mark Radcliffe, Baroness Shirley Williams, Colin Dexter, Arthur Smith, Sophie Hanna, jack Dee, Jeremy Hardy, John Simpson, Roger McGough, Wendy Cope, John O’sFarrell, Mike Gayle, Mick Jackson, AL Berridge, Angela Huth, Annie Sanders, Sophie King, Me Rosoff, Cathy Cassidy, Johnathon Miller, Salley Vickers, Charlie Dance, and illustrators Korky Paul and Sarah McIntyre Pam Ayres, Melvyn Bragg, Julian Clary, Gloria Hunniford, Roy Hattersley, Philip Reeve, Libby Purves, MG Harris, Diana Quick, Felix Dennis, Jasvinder Sanghera, Stuart Maconie, Professor Jonathan Bate, Ben Crystal, Philip Ardagh, , Dan Freedman, Christopher Rush, Julia Golding, John Fardell and many others