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'The Aldeburgh Literary Festival was started in 2002 by John and Mary James of The Aldeburgh Bookshop. It has featured an extraordinary variety of talks, from the local to the global, the serious to the hilarious, the scientific to the philosophical. The Festival is proud to be located in Aldeburgh at the Jubilee Hall and we are delighted that our audience fills the streets of Aldeburgh with visitors and conversation in a winter weekend. The intimate atmosphere makes it very special. We are also proud that this is a completely independent Literary Festival receiving no grants or sponsorship.' Normally held September.

'Appledore Book Festival is a charity founded in 2006 by Nick Arnold, author of Horrible Science, in a bid to raise money to save Appledore Library. His campaign brought our community together and saved the library, which is still at the heart of our village. Today, the Appledore Book Festival continues to thrive and has become one of the biggest cultural festivals in Devon, attracting world-class authors, speakers and artistes. Run almost exclusively by a team of volunteers, who do everything from stewarding the events to adorning the village with bunting, our Festival is a unique experience.'  Normally held September.

'Showcasing superb writing talent from all over the island of Ireland ... Bring people together to enjoy lively discussion, new perspectives and to soak up the intimate atmosphere the Festival is renowned for.' Normally held September.

'Aye Write is Glasgow's Book Festival, and Scotland’s second biggest book festival. It was founded in 2005 and since 2007 has been an annual fixture on Glasgow's culture calendar. Celebrating the best in national, international and local writing, Aye Write annually brings authors from all over the world to Glasgow. Events usually take place in the festival’s main home, the beautiful Mitchell Library, one of Europe's largest public libraries and along with other key cultural venues across the city. ' Normally held May.

'London’s largest dedicated children’s literature event ... Barnes is put on by families for families so we’re 100% committed to making sure your tribe has an amazing time. As well as bringing you all your favourite authors and illustrators, we’re always pushing the boundaries of traditional literature festivals to create loads more space for the family-friendliest fun.  At Barnes we programme books as theatre, music, maths, science, art, craft, cookery, film, football, whatever it takes really to bring the magic of reading and writing to the kids.' Normally held Late June.

'Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival with a vibrant array of talks and activities for children.' Normally held September

'Beyond Borders Scotland runs a summer programme of cultural events, culminating in the Beyond Beyonds International Festival, taking place at the end of August each year ... Beyond Borders is a Scotland based non-governmental organisation, dedicated to providing a platform for international dialogue and cultural exchange.'

'Taking place every year in October, the Birmingham Literature Festival is a leading festival in the Midlands, showcasing the very best writers, speakers, thinkers, activists and artists from the UK and across the world. We programme and commission a wide range of innovative literature and literature-inspired work, creating unique opportunities for audiences to experience high quality events via our annual festival programmes and associated projects.'

'Born from the minds of a few avid readers back in 2019, we successfully raised donations and various offers of sponsorship within just a few weeks. Blandford is home to a plethora of talent and it became our mission to make that talent known; introducing the town to both new and existing writers and encouraging creativity within the community.' First Festival held Late March [2022].

'BOOKMARK, established in 2012, has developed a reputation for being a friendly, well organised Book Festival which offers a wide range of events to suit all interests. BOOKMARK organises not only a three-day Festival in October, but also holds local "Meet the Author" events for adults and local schools. At all our meetings, for adults and children, readers meet, listen to and question writers ... Becoming a member of BOOKMARK supports the organisation in its aims to promote and encourage the study, appreciation and knowledge of literature in Blairgowrie, Rattray and The Glens.'

Also indexedBlairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival

'Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.' Normally held Early October.

'The Festival has grown over the years to be more than just books. Discover health and wellbeing classes and drop in sessions, film, opera, comedy, workshops, youth theatre as well as fine food and drink from the Borders and Scotland in the Orchard.' Normally held Mid June.

'Normally held at the magnificent Dumfries House, the Festival has become one of the most prestigious cultural events in Scotland and has attracted a host of writers and personalities ... Inspired by the great Ayrshire writer James Boswell of Auchinleck, the unique theme is taken from the genre at which he excelled, namely the telling of people’s life stories.' Usually held Mid May.

'An annual arts event and year-round cultural outreach programme that hosts respected authors, poets, speakers, musicians and artists from Bradford, the UK and around the world. Founded in 2014, BLF is now a key event in the UK cultural calendar and the most diverse literature festival in the country.' Normally held Late June.

'BRIDLIT has expanded significantly over the years and we hope that our programme of events ... is more intriguing, illuminating and entertaining than ever before. An eclectic mix of writers on a variety of subjects promises to engage audiences of all tastes and interests.' Normally held Early November.

'An annual celebration of the creative word in Bristol. The festival is organised by a voluntary community group.' Normally held October.

Dickens and Broadstairs  'In 1937, to commemorate the centenary of the author's first visit, Gladys Waterer, the then resident of Dickens House, conceived the idea of putting on a production of David Copperfield and of having people about the town in Victorian dress to publicise it. Thus the Festival was born and, with the exception of the years of World War 2, has been held annually ever since.' Normally held Mid June.

'Situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on East Devon’s Jurassic Coast, Budleigh Salterton hosts South West England’s most outstanding literary festival. Our mission is to celebrate great writing with as wide an audience as possible.' Normally held Mid September.

'Spring & Winter festivals | Literary events throughout the year ... Cambridge Literary Festival (CLF) began as Cambridge Wordfest in 2003, when we had our first annual Spring Festival. We began hosting Winter Festivals in 2008 ... We now welcome over 350 writers and speakers to Cambridge each year and stage events that cover a huge variety of topics.'

'Cheltenham Literature Festival is the world’s first literature festival, leading the way in celebrating the written and spoken word, presenting the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats and high-profile speakers, while inspiring over 9,000 school children with a love of books through its Literature for Schools programme. ' Normally held Mid October.

'Cheltenham Poetry Festival offers an annual 10 day program of exciting live literature events. As well as the Spring programme, the Festival celebrates the power of words throughout the year at readings, performances and workshops.'

Normally held Mid November: 'One of the longest-running annual literature events in the country ... with a packed programme of visiting poets, writers, broadcasters, wordsmiths and actors'.

'We aim to offer lively, entertaining and informative events: performance, illustrated talks, lectures, conversation, interviews and discussions.' Normally held Mid September.

'Chipping Norton Literary Festival is created and run by volunteers. All the fizz and sparkle of the Festival days is a result of year round tireless work by a small army of people who put their enthusiasm and skills – and above all their love of books - to work for their festival and their community.'  Normally held Mid April.

'Brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books.' Normally held Early September.

'The people of Colonsay, like many communities large and small, have always shared a love of books and literature, joining in book groups and participating in fringe poetry sessions at the music festival. At a community meeting in June 2011, the idea of a book festival for the island was tentatively mooted, and ten months later, at the end of April 2012, we were welcoming our first six authors and an eager audience.' Normally held Early May.

'Crickhowell is a picturesque and proudly independent town nestled into the south east edge of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The town takes its name from the iron age fort that stood on top of the famous Crug Hywel, also known as Table Mountain ... Book-ish is Crickhowell’s independent book shop, located at the heart of the High Street. Book-ish offers an ecclectic mix of stock with books curated by owner Emma Corfield-Walters sitting alongside staionery, cards, gifts and educational toys. Book-ish are the festival organisers alongside the Dragon Inn and official bookseller for the festival.' Festival held over five days Mid-October.

'A week-long bilingual arts heritage and literature festival in Mold, Flintshire and surrounding area dedicated to author Daniel Owen. It is held around the end of October the anniversary of his birth and death.'

'Celebrating the joy of books and reading ... The Festival plays a key role in supporting the economic, social, cultural and educational prosperity of our city. Arts and culture in Derby is flourishing and the Festival is now well established as the East Midlands’ most successful literary festival.' Spring Festival normally held Late May - Early June. Have also held an Autumn Edition in November.

'Organised by writers for all those who enjoy the written word. Our aim is to give you the opportunity to hear stimulating talks and discussions by leading authors in a relaxed and beautiful setting.' Normally held Mid October.

'Durham Book Festival is a Durham County Council event produced by New Writing North and is part of Durham County Council’s exciting festivals programme. The Festival traditionally takes place in and around the beautiful city of Durham each October.'

'It is a distinctive international showcase celebrating the written word, literature and ideas. It brings leading and emerging international, British and Scottish authors and thinkers together to inspire each other and audiences in an extensive programme of public events.' Normally held Mid August.

'One of the highlights of the county’s cultural calendar. Each year the festival hosts 100+events in a range of venues across Essex ... The Festival was established by Essex County Council in 1999 to celebrate the book in all its forms with the widest possible audiences. It has grown exponentially since then. Now recognised as one of the leading festivals of its kind in the East of England, it invites writers and artists from all over the world to take part in its activities and events.' Normally held during June.

'Celebrating the appreciation of words in all their forms, and of writing and literature within Exeter and the surrounding area, through professionally organised and widely accessible literary events.' Normally held Early November.

'Faclan: The Hebridean Book Festival was founded in 2006 and now takes place during the celtic festival of samhain – "beyond the equinox, the cusp of winter".' Normally held Late October.

Normally held Late June: 'The Friends of Felixstowe Book Festival is a group for those who would like to support the Festival and benefit from special offers. Membership will entitle you to early-bird booking, discounts and exclusive events'.

'Folkestone Book Festival has its origins in the Kent Literature Festival which started in 1980 in the Metropole Arts Centre in Folkestone ... The Festival continues to take its inspiration from the ideas and thoughts of H.G. Wells, born in Kent and a Folkestone resident for thirteen years. Writers, artists and thinkers will explore the possible futures of all sorts of issues, including race relations, the environment, technology, food, pandemics and Britain, Russia, Europe and the US.' Has been held Early June.

'We began in 2002, very much the brainchild of local literature enthusiast Philomena Dwyer and a creative writing group. Unfortunately, when Philomena became ill, she had to step down as the driving force behind the festival. We now have a committee of nine local people, all bringing various skills to the organisation and running of the festival.' Held Late October.

Aberdeen' Crime Writing Festival  'Granite Noir is inspired by the incredible popularity of crime fiction in all its forms, by the fantastic contribution that Scottish writers make, by our love affair with Nordic Noir, on the page and on screen, and most of all inspired by Aberdeen, which is the perfect backdrop for the festival – steeped in history, atmospheric, quirky and with a strong sense of place. It’s our pleasure to bring you a fantastic programme of noir writing in unusual places and spaces across the city, from our lively festival hub at the Lemon Tree to the newly restored Cowdray Hall and the atmospheric St Nicholas Kirk. We can’t wait to explore the darkness within and around us with fascinating authors from near and far.'  Normally held Late February.

'Established in 1989, Guildford Book Festival is staged annually over 8 days across venues within the town. ' Normally held Early October.

'One of the worlds’ leading art and literature festivals, bringing readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in events live and online. The festivals inspire, examine and entertain globally, inviting participants to imagine the world as it is and as it might be ... In 1987, the Festival was dreamt up around a kitchen table in the booktown of Hay-on-Wye, Wales. Thirty-five years later, the unique marriage of exacting conversations and entertainment for all ages has travelled to editions in 30 locations, from the historic town of Cartagena in Colombia to the heart of cities in Peru, Mexico, Spain, and the USA.' The Festival in Hay-on-Wye itself is normally held Late May.

'A Not for Profit CIC delivering an annual festival that takes place in and around Hexham in Spring each year. It has grown significantly since the first Festival in 2006 becoming an important and valued part of the regional arts calendar.' Normally held Mid June.

'An award-winning annual Festival with community, accessibility and inclusivity at its heart. Join us for a celebration of books and authors, poetry and performance. Meet your favourite authors, discover new talent, hone your own skills or simply enjoy the entertainment on offer.' Normally held Late March.

'The Festival is held over 17 days at the start of October in this miniature Victorian spa town at the foot of Ilkley Moor. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Ilkley is only fifteen minutes from the Leeds-Bradford airport and a stone’s throw from Haworth, Harrogate, Leeds and Bradford.'

'Our aim is to use the extraordinary power and reach of Agatha Christie’s global reputation to promote engagement and participation in literature and the arts, help the recovery and growth of Torbay’s local economy and wider efforts to increase tourism and support work to understand and promote the area’s literary and geological heritage.' Normally held Mid September.

'Set against the stunning backdrop of Scotland’s whisky isle, we’re a community led festival with an array of events happening across the island. Originally growing out of a small book club in Port Ellen, our volunteer-run festival, is now part of Islay’s busy annual events calendar and Argyll’s thriving cultural scene.' Normally held Early September.

'An annual international literary festival, held in London. Every year, the festival brings together writers and speakers – from the most eminent to the first-time published – from the worlds of history, journalism, philosophy, science, art, music, poetry and fiction in a celebration of ideas. The festival features Jewish themes and writers, as well as discussions on the most important issues of the day, and is open to everyone. Over eighty events are presented during the festival itself. A number of special events are also organised over the course of the year, outside the festival period.' Festival itself normally held Late February.

The King's Lynn ‍Literature ‍Festivals ‍are ‍held during ‍a ‍single ‍weekend ‍in ‍March ‍(Fiction) ‍and ‍September ‍(Poetry) ‍each ‍year. Our guiding principle ... is to present some of the ‍best ‍contemporary ‍writers ‍of ‍chapter ‍and ‍verse ‍in ‍a ‍friendly ‍and ‍informal ‍setting. ‍You ‍will ‍see ‍authors ‍of ‍international ‍repute ‍alongside ‍new, ‍from ‍all ‍age ‍ranges ‍and from ‍locations ‍across ‍the ‍world. ‍Meet ‍the ‍writers, ‍hear ‍them ‍reading ‍and ‍buy ‍their ‍books.'

'Litfest is a volunteer board-run organisation operating in Lancaster and the surrounding areas.  We put on a full festival programme every year, and we’re also involved in a whole host of other events and projects. We’ve been lucky to have lots of exciting authors, poets and illustrators involved with the festival over the years, and we hope to continue that legacy in the future.' Festival itself normally held Mid March.

'Ledbury is a lively market town, close to the Malvern Hills AONB.  It is well-known for its black and white architecture, its wealth of independent shops and its pubs, restaurants and cafes serving delicious local produce. There are long and deep associations with local poets and poetry in Ledbury including Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Masefield, The Dymock Poets: Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfrid Gibbon and Edward Thomas.' Festival normally held Early July.

'Leeds Lit Fest is delivered by a partnership of 9 Leeds-based creative arts and literature-based organisations which are committed to celebrating and championing literature and writing in Leeds and to engaging and inspiring its people to get involved in creative activities linked to literature.' Normally held Late February.

'The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Staged annually, our in-person event typically welcomes more than 25,000 publishing professionals to London for the week of the fair to learn, network, and kick off their year of business.' Normally held Early April.

'LYRA is the annual Bristol Poetry Festival. Lyra is a festival which brings together local, national and international poets and speakers, representing Bristol as a centre of world class poetry and booking artists from across the UK and world. Our aim is to showcase poetry in the widest range of forms possible, including poetry readings, slam competitions, poetry film screenings, poetic walking tours, digital media, discussion panels, open mics, lectures and more.' Normally held Late March - Early April.

'A celebration of imagination, ideas, stories, and voices from around the world. It is part of Manchester’s rich cultural tapestry and is committed to bringing together the most exciting storytellers, poets, and thinkers for everyone to enjoy. Our vision is for everyone to discover a love of literature in all its forms. To provide a welcoming and inclusive space where people can connect with each other; experience events that entertain, surprise and move them; and be inspired to become the writers, readers and activists of the future.' Normally held October.

'We celebrate the best of writing and literature during our annual festival held in the beautiful market town of Marlborough.' Normally held Early October.

'Each year, in October, residents of the small town of Mere in Wiltshire, along with their friends, get together to put on a Literary festival.' Normally held Mid October,

'The North Cornwall Book Festival is part of the year round activity of the Arts Charity, Endelienta. We welcome people from North Cornwall and beyond to our two days of schools workshops followed by a weekend packed with author talks, workshops, exhibitions and evening concerts.' Normally held Late September.

Also indexedEndelienta

'Off the Shelf Festival of Words festival is one of the best known festivals in the UK ... Books, reading, ideas and conversations are at the core of what we do ... Over the years the Festival has introduced a series of commissioned poems from lead writers, and is responsible for the Text in The City initiative – mounting poems in public places.' Normally held Late October.

'Established in 2002 as a successful springtime event, the Oundle Festival of Literature has evolved into an all year-round celebration of literature, a format that is popular with our performers and authors, and offers our audience a variety of events throughout the year. The Festival prides itself on featuring both fiction and non-fiction, including contemporary and genre-based fiction and an eclectic mix of non-fiction including environmental, political, historical and local interest topics.'

'In reviving the Oxford Festival – we are determined to reinforce our longstanding commitments to: * freedom of speech, debate, and diversity; and maintaining our tradition of courteous dialogue, allowing for contentious and difficult subjects to be publicly examined; * the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching; * providing platforms for as wide a range of published topics as possible.' Normally held Late March.

'Our first festival was in November 2016 and we hold them annually. We also work with local and national organisations in the arts & literary fields to support poetry in our area. We continue to be very heartened by the level of personal support and encouragement for our collaborative and volunteer led venture.' Normally held Early November.

'A festival for children and families to celebrate books of all kinds, inspire new authors and enjoy reading, writing and storytelling with joy, fun and friendship ... The festival takes place in the historic town of Pontypridd, the gateway to the Rhondda and Cynon Valleys. We love our community -- and the festival enjoys showcasing the delights of our town’s beautiful museum, our exciting new library ​and our fantastic park, perfect for bookish adventures!' Festival normally held Early May.

'Proms at St Jude’s is a community festival of music and culture taking place each June in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11. In most years, we offer daily concerts with top national and international artists; daytime music recitals - nearly all free; a LitFest weekend with best-selling authors; a series of Heritage Walks; a stand-up comedy night; a buzzing licensed refreshment marquee; and a LitFest café with delicious home-made cakes.'

'Rooted in Richmond Upon Thames, providing a window on the world, we bring writers and communities together. We're a hub of thought-provoking experiences for bookworms, arts lovers and discerning minds. Whether you’re an avid reader or seeking literary inspiration, join us for entertaining and meaningful events.' Normally held Mid November.

Provides a unique mix of daytime walks and evening talks to both inspire and invigorate you: Be inspired: meet celebrated authors, discover new ones and engage in a full programme of evening book events, and the occasional afternoon talk; Be invigorated: explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales in autumn - enjoy daily walks for amblers, ramblers and serious walkers led by friendly guides, keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the Dales.' Normally held Mid September.

'Sea Fever is North Norfolk’s festival of poetry and prose. It aims to celebrate all forms of the written word inspired by this exceptional coast-line; and to bring to the coast writers with national reputations.' Normally held Late June.

Founded 2018: 'An annual celebration of live poetry, workshops, panel discussions and debate, based in the heart of Wales’s capital city. Run by our small team at Seren, our aim is to create a space where poets, writers and performers, especially from Wales, can come together and share their work with new audiences'.

'Established in 2002 with the aim of bringing the brightest and best of current authors to the area ... It has always included a broad range of speakers: novelists, biographers, activists, poets, historians, politicians, political commentators and journalists.' Normally held Early October.

'Small Wonder Festival is the UK’s only festival dedicated to short stories and short form writing.' Normally held Late September.

'StAnza's mission is to celebrate poetry, to bring poetry to audiences and to enable encounters with poetry. The organisation works all year round to deliver poetry events and projects in Scotland and beyond ... StAnza is very much a cross-arts festival with poetry at its core. As well as readings, the festival features performances, in conversations, an annual lecture, workshops and masterclasses, films and video projections, children’s events, stand-up sessions and a range of exhibitions and installations.' Normally held Early March.

'Since 2008 we've been bringing you an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour in spring and winter. We're also a charity promoting the benefits of reading and writing on education, literacy and well-being in schools, the community and prisons. The Festival is 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.' Normally held Early May.

'It’s the friendliest Festival with its feet firmly on Yorkshire ground. Hang out with your heroes, get an exclusive insight into the Next Big Thing, rub shoulders with the UK’s leading agents, editors and publishers. Be inspired and join in the drama at Agatha Christie’s old haunt: the luxurious Old Swan Hotel. It would be a crime to miss it!' Normally held Late July.  

'Ullapool Book Festival is an intimate and welcoming literary festival on the shores of Loch Broom in the Highlands of Scotland.'  Normally held Early May.

'An eclectic and lively mixture 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 love of literature in all its forms to everyone in Wantage, Oxfordshire & Beyond!'

'Set up in 1992 to promote the love of books and of reading throughout the community ... Our main objective is to promote the enjoyment and excitement of books and to encourage a love of the written word. We do this by bringing to Wells a wide range of international, national and local writers to entertain, challenge, inspire and inform audiences of all ages and tastes. This extensive selection of events does not pose a dilemma for our audience; unlike many other literary festivals, no two events run at the same time, so it is possible (if ambitious!) to attend every single one.' Normally held Mid October.

'A ten day literary celebration in Scotland's National Book Town. Wigtown is a traditional market town, set in the beautiful countryside of Dumfries & Galloway, south-west Scotland. It is also Scotland's National Book Town, a designation that reflects its dozen or so secondhand bookshops and annual literary festival.' Normally held Late September.

'Wimbledon BookFest is a not for profit charity promoting arts, culture and education. Our aim is develop the cultural offering for the locality through provision of: * An annual public festival of author events based on Wimbledon Common; * Educational projects for schools & young people in Merton & South London (9 London Boroughs).' Normally held Mid June.

'Writing is for everyone. It’s turning up, sharing our stories and creating change on the page. We host two annual literature festivals, WoWFEST in May and Black History Month in October, which welcome writers, activists and artists. Our creative writing projects are focused on supporting writing in Liverpool, in our communities and schools, all year long.'

'The Festival began in 2007 under the auspices of York City Council. After the cuts which followed the crash of 2008, it was adopted by a voluntary group and has grown steadily to become one of the foremost literature festivals in the North of England ... The Festival prides itself on having a diverse range of events including talks, lectures, panels, debates, performances, storytelling pieces and workshops. It features both fiction (literary, contemporary and genre-based), non-fiction and poetry while focusing on a number of themes including history, current affairs and a small programme for children.' Normally held Late March.

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