Forthcoming literacy festivals

  21st September 2016

The Bridport Literary Festival is now in its 12th year (2016) and seeks to entertain, intrigue and enlighten all those who read books and love literature. An eclectic programme of events has been put together with writers of fiction and non-fiction. Audiences are encouraged to engage in discussion on subjects of all kinds in venues all around the town as well explore the dramatic Jurassic Coastline, now a World Heritage Site.

The festival takes place 6-13 November at various venues around Bridport, West Dorset. This year’s line up includes the environmentalist George Monbiot, media maestro, Jeremy Paxman, historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, adventurer Ben Fogle and fiction writers, AN Wilson, Margaret Drabble and Salley Vickers. A sprinkling of children’s events and writers workshops together with a Literary Dinner are just some of the ingredients as well as an evening with Alan Titchmarsh.  Find out more...

Jersey Festival of Words - a five day literary festival on the beautiful Channel Island of Jersey. Begun in 2015 the event makes a welcome return featuring visiting writers, homegrown talent, community events and an extensive schools programme.

The festival takes place 28th September to 2nd October. Guest authors include Michael Morpurgo, Alison Weir, Louise de Bernieres, Sarah Turner, Simon Scarrow abd Louise Doughty. Find out more...

The Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival is back for its eighth year. Ticket prices range from £10 to £25, and there is a special offer of a 20% discount when booking tickets for three or more events.

The festival takes place 22-26 September 2016 at South Hampstead High School, 3 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SS. Invited guests include Jay Rayner, Diana Athill, Iain Sinclair, Simon Garfield, Simon Ings, Marcel Theroux, Marina Lewycka and Anthony Clavane. For more information...

The Chiswick Book Festival has hosted many top writers since it started in 2009, spanning a variety of genres and appealing to a wide ranging audience. The festival is a non-profit-making community event and since starting out has raised over £50,000 for three charities, all of which support reading, literacy and the arts. The Festival continues to be supported by Waterstone’s in Chiswick High Road, Chiswick Library, local businesses and other local bookshops.

The festival runs from 15-19 September 2016 and is generally based in the heart of Chiswick at St Michael & All Angels Church and Parish Hall, close to Turnham Green tube station. Invited authors include Cressida Cowell, Janet Ellis, Daisy Goodwin, Andy Hamilton, Paula Hawkins and Victoria Hislop. Find out more...

Graham Greene International Festival is an annual four day festival devoted to the works and life of the writer Graham Greene (1904-1991). The event includes formal talks by experts in the subject and well known personalities, discussion groups, films of Greene's work, interviews and social events.

The festival is held at venues in central Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire on 22-25 September. Invited guests include broadcaster and writer Jim Naughtie, former Politician and Peer Lord (Roy) Hattersley, Emeritus Professor of English Cedric Watts, Greene's daughter Caroline Bourget and his nephew Nicholas Dennys, author Vincent McDonnell, Professor Judith Adamson and Professor Carlos Villar Flor. For more information...

The Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival features literary talks from national and local writers, music and theatrical events, poetry and lectures on a wide range of subjects. The author talks include presentations about Sir John Betjeman who lived in Wantage for many years.

The festival runs from 22-30 in Wantage, Oxfordshire and invited guests include Katie FForde, Gervese Phinn, Gill Hornby, Prof Gavin Stamp, Marti Leimbach, Racing Minds, Paul Kerensa and Charles Foster. Read more

The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is the UK’s oldest and most renowned literary festival. This year’s programme is more vibrant than ever with appearances from Director Oliver Stone, American Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Ian McEwan, Alan Cumming, Cheryl Strayed, PJ O’Rourke, Lionel Shriver, Jonathan Safran Foer, Teju Cole, Michael Connelly, Ed Balls, Ken Clarke, Graham Swift, Sebastian Faulks, Edna O’Brien, Clare Balding, Jilly Cooper, Armando Iannucci, Wilko Johnson, Simon Armitage, Joe Wicks, Deliciously Ella, Joey Barton, Vivienne Westwood, Chris Riddell, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Hadfield, Alan Carr, Sara Pascoe, Alexei Sayle, and illusionist Derren Brown.

When? 7-16 October. Find out more...

Visit www.literaryfestivals.co.uk to find more literary festivals held in the UK, Ireland and Europe.

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