List of Book & Literary Festivals UK





Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh is well known for its big festivals, and the book festival takes over the city every summer. Welcoming around 1,000 authors and illustrators during its run, the festival is set in a specially created tented village in the heart of Edinburgh.

10-26 August 2019


Cheltenham Literature Festival

Taking place over two weeks in October every year, Cheltenham Literature Festival has programmes for adults and children, and also hosts a weekend-long event called Lit Crawl. Taking place on the first weekend of the festival, Lit Crawl sees poets, writers and more take over venues across the town for pop-up readings, performances and open mic sessions.

4-13 October 2019


Great for children and young people

Imagine Children’s Festival

Southbank Centre in London hosts literary events throughout the year, plus the London Literature Festival, which caters for all age groups. Those looking for a children’s programme for young ones aged from 0-12 need look no further than Imagine Children’s Festival, which takes place over 12 days in February and includes theatre, literature and music. As well as literary events, there are workshops and free events to keep children occupied during the half term.

13-24 Feb 2019


Bath Children’s Literature Festival

Bath is home to two major festivals – the Bath Festival takes place in early summer, while the Bath Children’s Literature Festival occupies an autumn slot. It is Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival, and includes talks and activities. Previous quests have included Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, Tom Fletcher, Cressida Cowell and Jess French.

27 Sept – 6 Oct 2019



The brainchild of author Malorie Blackman when she was Waterstones Children’s Laureate, YALC {Young Adult Literature Convention) is part of London Film & Comic Con. There is a programme of panels and author interviews, stalls from publishers where you can purchase books, nab proofs of forthcoming releases and grab merchandise, and best of all, cosplay is welcome.

27-28 July 2019


For crime lovers

Bloody Scotland

First held in 2012, Bloody Scotland takes place during a weekend in September, bringing together crime writers new and old. It includes Pitch Perfect, in which new crime writers pitch to a panel of top publishing industry folk, and awards the Mclivanney Prize for the best Scottish Crime book of the year. And every year there is a Scotland vs England crime writers’ football match, which is free to watch.

20-22 Sept 2019


Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Taking place in Harrogate in Yorkshire, this three-day festival celebrates the very best in crime fiction. It also awards the prestigious Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award each year, seen as one of the UK’s top crime fiction awards. Previous winners include Denise Mina, Lee Child and Cal McDermid.

18-21 July 2019


The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

Taking place over four days in venues across Norwich, Norwich is is the region’s largest annual celebration of crime writing. The festival is a collaboration between the University of East Anglia, famous for its creative writing courses, and the National Centre for Writing, based at Dragon Hall, one of the festival venues.

12-15 Sept 2019


For poetry lovers


Ledbury Poetry Festival

Taking place over 10 days every July in the market town of Ledbury, close to the Malvern Hills, Ledbury Poetry Festival attracts poets from over the world. It has been running for more than two decades, and also has a year-round programme for new and emerging writers.

5-14 July 2019


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
Beverley Nichols Weekend (The), Gatton, Cambridgeshire
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
BookTastic Book Festival. Children’s book festival, Bedford
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
BroadstairsLit – Kent
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 Book 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
Cranbrook Literature Festival
Crawley Festival of Words
Crimefest – Bristol
Crossing the Tees: Middlesbrough and Stockton Book Festival (formerly Middlesbrough Literary Festival)
Croydon Literary Festival – Greater London
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
Guernsey Literary Festival
Guildford Book Festival

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival
Harrogate International Festivals’ Raworths Literature and Lecture Series
(The) Hastings Lit Fest – East Sussex
Havant Literary Festival
Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, Gloucestershire, Cotswalds
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
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
John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival – Armagh, Northern Ireland
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
MurderOneFest. Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival. Dublin

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
Omagh Literary Festival Honouring Bendidict Kiely (formerly Bendidict Kiely Weekend)
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
Poetry in Aldeburgh taking place 2nd -4th November, 2018 (formerly Aldeburgh Poetry Festival)
Pontypridd Children’s Book Festival – Gŵyl Lyfrau Plant Pontypridd
Pop Up Festival (various locations as the name implies!)
Portobello Book Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
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 Festival
Sheffield Lyric Festival
Sherborne Literary Festival
Shoreditch Festival
Shoreham Wordfest (Shoreham-by-the-Sea)
Shrewsbury Children’s Bookfest ,Shropshire
Shrewsbury Festival of Literature, Shropshire
Sidmouth Literary Festival – East Devon
Skulduggery in Stowmarket – Suffolk
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
Ted Hughes Festival, West Yorkshire
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
Todmorden Book Festival, West Yorkshire
Transylvanian Book Festival
Throckmorton Literary Festival
Tidelines Book Festival – North Ayreshire
Tiverton Literary Festival – Devon
TS Eliot Festival
UK Southern Book Show – West Sussex
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
VERVE Festival of Poetry & Spoken Word – Birmingham City Centre
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
Westbourne Book Binge, Bournemouth – Dorset
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 Festival
Winchester 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
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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