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Literary & Book Festivals Through the Year in the UK



 Literary & Book Festivals Through the Year in the UK


UK & Ireland


Aberdeen Writers Festival

Aberderon – RS Thomas Literary Festival

Africa Writes – Festival of African Literature

The Agatha Christie Festival

Aldeburgh Literary Festival

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

Alderley Edge Community Book Festival (Oxfam)

Althorp Literary Festival

Ampthill Litfest (formerly Ampthill Literary Festival) – Bedfordhsire

Appledore Book Festival

ArchWay With Words Book Festival, London

Asia House Festival of Asian Literature

Aspects Irish Literature Festival

Athlone Literary Festival

Aye Write! Bank of Scotland Book Festival

Ayot Literary Festival

Balham Literary Festival

Banbury Literary Live

Bard of Armagh Festival of Humerous Verse

Bare Lit Festival – A Festival for Writers of Colour

Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

Battersea Literature Festival

Bath Festival of Literature

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature

BBC Proms Lit Festival

BeaconLit – The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing

Belfast Book Festival

Belfast Festival at Queens

Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend Festival

Berwick Literary Festival

Bewdley Book Week

Beverley Literature Festival

Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature & Thought

Beyond the Border – Wales International Storytelling Festival –

BIG LIt- The Stewartry Book Festival  – Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

Big Oak Literary and Arts Festival – Londonderry

Birmingham Literature Festival

Black Hut Festival of Writing, Music & Film- Hastings, East Sussex

Black Isle Words Festival

Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival

Blenheim Palace Literary Festival

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival

Books, Borders, Bikes, Peebleshire, Scotland

BOOKED! The Convention

Bookmarks Festival


Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival

Borders Book Festival

Boswell Book Festival

Bournemouth Literary Festival (ceased we believe)

Bournemouth Festival of Words

Bradford Literature Festival

Breckland Book Festival

Brentford Children’s Literary Festival – Essex

Bridport Literary Festival

Brighton Festival

Brighton and Hove City Reads

Bristol Festival of Literature

Bristol Poetry Festival

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival

Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Brook Green Festival of Books

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

 Buckingham Literary Festival

Burnham Market Book Festival

Buxton Festival

Caerleon Festival – Literature on the Lawn

Cambridge WordFest,

Cambridge Winter Wordfest,

Canterbury Festival

Caomhnú Literary Festival

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival

Chagword – Dartmoor’s Literary Festival in Chagford

Chalke Valley History Festival

Charles Causley Festival

Charleston Festival

Charmouth Literary Festival – Dorset

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham Poetry Festival

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival , West Kent

Chipping Camden Literature Festival

Chipping Norton Literary Festival

Chiswick Book Festival

Chorleywood Literature Festival (edge of the Chilterns)

Cirencester Children’s Literary Festival

Clayesmore School Festival of Reading

Cleckheaton Literature Festival

Coleridge Literary Festival

Colonsay Book Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Cork Spring Literary Festival

Crawley Festival of Words

Crimefest – Bristol

Crossing the Tees: Middlesbrough and Stockton Book Festival (formerly Middlesbrough Literary Festival)

Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival

Cúirt International Festival of Literature (Galway, Ireland)

Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival

Cuckfield BookFest – West Sussex

Curious Arts Festival (Arts festival with a literary stream)

Dalkey Book Festival (Republic of Ireland)

Dartington Hall Way with Words Festival

Daphne du Maurier Festival

Daunt Books Festival, London

Delapre Festival of Books – Northampton

Derby Book Festival

Derbyshire Literature Festival

Dinefwr Literature Festival

Diva Literary Festival – Birmingham

Do Not Go Gently – Music & Literary Festival (Dylan Thomas)

Doolin Writers’ Weekend

Dorchester Literary Festival

Dromineer Literary Festival

Dublin Book Festival

Dublin Writers Festival

Dublin Writers Festival

Dulwich Literary Festival


Durham Book Festival

Dylan Thomas Festival

Ealing Literary Festival

Eastbourne Book Fest

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Ennis Book Club Festival

Essex Book Festival

Essex Poetry Festival

Evesham Festival of Words – Worcestershire

Exeter Poetry Festival 

Eype Literary Festivals, Dorset

Faversham Literary Festival – Kent

Festilitt – Parisot Literary Festival (France)

Festival of Romance

Festival of Stories

Felixstowe Book Festival

Festival of Writing

Finchley Literary Festival

First Fictions

First Story Festival

FishLit – Brixham, Devon

Flamstead Book Festival

FlipSide Festival

Fishbourne Literary Festival ‘Fishbourne Loves Books’ – West Sussex

Folkestone Book Festival

Folio Prize Fiction Festival

Fowey Festival of Words and Music

Free the Word

Frinton Literary Festival

Frodsham Literature Festival

Frome Festival – Writers and Publishers Day

Gibraltar International Literary Festival

Gort Literature Festival

Graham Greene Festival

Greenacres Writers’ Literary Festival

Greenwich Book Festival, London

Guardian Hay Festival

Guernsey Literary Festival

Guildford Book Festival

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival

Harrogate International Festivals’ Raworths Literature and Lecture Series

Havant Literary Festival

Hay Festival

Headingley Lit Fest

Hebden Bridge Festival

Helston – The Little Local Litfest – Cornwall

Henley Literature Festival

Henley On Food

Hexham Book Festival

Hillingdon Festival of History and Literature

Hillingdon Literary Festival

Hoo’s Kids Book Fest

HowTheLightGetsIn – Powys, Wales – Arts festival with comprehensive literary component

Howth Midsummer Literary Arts Festival, Ireland

Huddersfield Literature Festival

Humber Mouth Literature Festival

Ilkley Literature Festival

Ilminister Literary Festival – Somerset

Islay Book Festival

Isle of Lismore Book Week

Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing

Inverness Book Festival

Jersey Festival of Words

Jewish Book Week

John Clare Festival

John Hewitt International Summer School

Kent Festival of Writing – County Kent

Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine

Kilburn Literary Festival

Kibworth Book Festival – Leicestershire

Kings Lynn Literary Festival

Kings Lynn Poetry Festival

King’s Sutton Literary Festival

Knutsford Literature Festival –

Laugharne Weekend Friday

Latitude Festival

Lavenham Literary Festival

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Leicester Book Festival

Literary Kitchen Festival – Peckham, London

Literary Dundee

Literary Footprints – London

Literary Leicester Festival

Liverpool Literary Festival – Merseyside, North- West England

LennoxLove Book Festival

Lewes Speakers Festival

Lincoln Book Festival

lichfield literature

Limerick Literary Festival

Linlithgow Book Festival, West Lothian

Books Unbound Festival – Hammersmith, London

Litro Live!

London History Festival

London Literature Festival

London Short Story Festival

London Sports Writing Festival

London Welsh Literature Festival

London Word Festival

Looe Literary Festival

Louder Than Words Festival – Manchester

Lowdham Book Festival

Lowestoft Library Literary Festival

LSE Space for Thought Literary Weekend

Manchester Literature Festival

Manchester Childrens Book Festival

Manx Litfest

Margate Bookie

Marlborough Literature Festival

Mere Literary Festival

Middlesbrough Literary Festival now reborn as – Crossing the Tees: Middlesbrough and Stockton Book Festival

Middlewich Literary Festival

Moray Book Festival


Nairn Book and Arts Festival

New Lanark Book Festival

Newcastle Poetry Festival

Newcastle Winter Book Festival

New Writers UK

Nibfest – Notting Hill International Book Festival

NiddFest Literary Festival – Celbrating Nature in Writing

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

North Cornwall Book Festival

North Herts Book Festival

North London Literary Festival

Northwich River Weaver Literary Festival

Off the Shelf Festival of Words

Oscar Wilde Festival

Ottery St. Mary Coleridge Literary Festival

Oswestry LitFest

Oxford (Sunday Times) Literary Festival

Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest)

Parisot Literary Festival – Festilitt

Peak Festival

Peckham Literary Festival

Penarth Book Festival

Penistone Literature Festival – South Yorkshire

Penzance Literary Festival Cornwall

Petworth Literary Weekend, West Sussex

Plymouth International Book Festival

Pocklingtom Literature Festival

Pop Up Festival (various locations as the name implies!)

Port Eliot Lit Fest

Pow-Wow Litfest

Prestwich Book Festival

Proms at St Jude’s Music and Literary Festival (Hampstead, London)

Purbeck Literary Festival

Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival (Formerly Book Now Festival)

Redbridge Book and Media Festival

Revolving Words – the Festival of Railway Literature

Rochester Literature Festival

RS Thomas Literary Festival – Aberderon, North Wales

Runnymede International Literary Festival

Rumi Festival

Rye Arts Festival – East Sussex (strong literary stream most years)

Ryedale Book Festival

Saffron Walden Literature Festival

Salisbury International Arts Festival

Scarborough Literature Festival

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Sentinel Literature Festival

Sevenoaks Literary Celebration

Sheffield Lyric Festival

Sherborne Literary Festival

Shoreditch Festival

Shoreham Wordfest (Shoreham-by-the-Sea)

Shrewsbury Children’s Bookfest

Sidmouth Literary Festival – East Devon

Soho Literary Festival

SO: To Speak – Southhampton’s Festival of Words

South Asian Literature Festival (SALF)

St Albans Literary Festival

St Clementin Bilingual LitFest

St Ives September Festival

Stoke Literary Festival

Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival

Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival

STANZA Poetry Festival

Stroud Book Festival – Gloucestershire, England

Suffolk Libraries Bookfest

Surrey Heath Literary Festival

Surrey New Writers Festival

St. Ives Literarture Festival

Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Strokestown International Poetry Festival

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School

Swindon Festival of Literature

SW11 Literary Festival,

Tamworth LitFest

Tarbet Book Festival

Taunton Literary Festival

Thame Arts & Literature festival

Thames Valley History Festival Theakstons Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

The Word: Conwy: Y Gair

The Word – A Day for writers in Lancashire

Transylvanian Book Festival

Throckmorton Literary Festival

Tidelines Book Festival – North Ayreshire

Tiverton Literary Festival – Devon

TS Eliot Festival

Ullapool Book Festival

University of Aberdeen Writers’ Festival

University of East Anglia Literary Festival

University of Warwick Book Festival

University of Warwick Book Festival at Warwick Arts Centre (BookFest)

Unpublished Fiction Writers Open Reading – Wood Green, London

Voewood Festival – Arts Festival with strong literary stream

Wakefield Lit Fest

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival

Warwick Words

Wells Festival of Literature

Wembley Wordfest

Wenlock Poetry Festival

Wessex Children’s Book Festival

West Cork Literary Festival

West Meon Festival of Books

Weston Literature Festival- Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Weymouth Leviathan – Maritime Literary Festival – Dorset

Whitlit – Whitsable Literary Festival

Wigan and Leigh Words Festival

Wigtown Book Festival

Wimbledon Book Festival

Wimborne Literary Festival

Winchester Poetry FestivalWinchester Writers’ Conference Festival and Book Fair

Wirral Bookfest

Wise Words Festival

Wiv Words – Wivenhoe

Wolds Word (Louth, Alford and Lincolnshire Wolds)


Word Up, London

Words in Walden – Saffron Walden, Essex

Words over Waltham Forest

Worlds Literature Festival (Norwich Writers Centre)

World Literature Weekend (London Review of Books)

Worcestershire Literary Festival Wordfringe

Words in Motion at the Big Chill

Wrexham Carnival of Words

Wymondham Words Festival

Yeovil Literary Festival – Somerset

York Literature Festival





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