UK Book & Literary Festivals

 

This list is compiled from different sources so please check with the individual festivals that they are taking place.

Buckingham Literary Festival

 

Where: Various venues across Buckingham including the Villiers Hotel, the Radcliffe Centre and Buckingham Library

When: 14th June –  17th June

How much: Tickets for talks from £5 including a glass of wine! Priority booking for Festival Friends runs until 20th April. To become a Friend, visit bucklitfest.org/festival-friends Individual Membership costs £35, Joint/Family Membership £50 

More info: bucklitfest.org

An exciting mix of talks, discussions and entertainment in the beautiful market town of Buckingham. Highlights include Booker Prize winner Ben Okri will be discussing his latest poetry compilation, The Poetry of Protest and Lady Antonia Fraser (pictured) in conversation with Antony Seldon with her new book, The King and The Catholics.

Ledbury Poetry Festival

 

When: 29th June to July 8th

Where: Various intimate venues across this picturesque market town

How much: Events individually ticketed – from free events upwards

More info: poetry-festival.co.uk

This year the UK’s biggest poetry festival features a cast of over 150 international poets across 85 events delighting audiences with the joys of the spoken word. Highlights include comedian and broadcaster Michael Palin, Scottish Makar Jackie Kay, Chris Difford (Squeeze), BBC News Quiz host Miles Jupp and much-loved poets such as Sandeep Parmar, Sinead Morrissey and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Downtime from the festival can be spent taken a wander in the town’s exclusively independent shops including 2 independent bookshops, a chocolatier and Tinsmiths – an award-winning building with artisan crafts. Plus there are plenty of local scenic walks to enjoy.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

When: 11th August – 17th August

Where: Set in a specially created tented village in the heart of Edinburgh

How much: Full programme to be announced in June

More info: edbookfest.co.uk

As far as book festivals go Edinburgh International Book Festival is a big one and lays claim to being ‘the largest public celebration of the written word in the world’. Each year it brings together around 1000 writers from across the globe in over 800 events for adults and children. Among them are Nobel and Booker prize-winners as well as rising stars in the world of literature. Highlights from 2017 included celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie being interviewed by Scotland’s First Minister.

The Hastings Lit Fest

When: August 31st – September 2nd

Where: Various venues across Hastings including Hastings Pier and the Electric Palace Cinema

How much: Individually ticketed events across the venues from £10

More info: hastingslitfest.org

Focused on writing for writers the newest literary festival along the South Coast combines the opportunity to meet some of the nation’s much loved authors and to hone and develop attendees’ writing skills. Authors and speakers include Jane Harris, Sophie Hannah and poet John McCullough.

Chiswick Book Festival

When: 12th – 17th September

Where: Various venues across Chiswick, including Chiswick House

How much: Tickets for individual events go on sale in July

More info: chiswickbookfestival.net

Now in its 10th instalment the Chiswick Book Festival brings together top authors and their readers for a weekend of history, poetry, sport, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, food, politics and children’s books. While the speaker and author line-up has yet to be announced for 2018, 2017’s saw Maggie O’Farrell (pictured), Jeremy Vine, Clare Balding, David Baddiel, Hunter Davies, Jo Malone, Nicholas Crane and many more take to the festival stage.

London Literary Festival

When: October 2018

Where: South Bank Centre, Waterloo, London

How much: Events will be individually ticketed

More info: southbankcentre.co.uk

One of the most anticipated events in the literary calendar the capital’s literary festival plays host to an impressive line-up of heavy-weight speakers. While names have yet to be confirmed for the 2018 edition, the event has previously featured the likes of Hilary Clinton, Philip Pullman and Tom Hanks and this year is likely to have an equally impressive roster.

September- Agatha Christie festival, Torquay, UK

 

Who would not have been enticed by Agatha Christies mysteries?  The International Agatha Christie Festival is one of the UKs leading literary festivals held in remembrance of Agatha Christie- Life, Literature and Legacy. Attending this festival will offer you valuable insights into Agatha Christies personal interests, including food and poisons, talks by Christie fans and scholars, book launches, theatre, music and film, and exhibitions of previously unseen materials.

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