Forthcoming literacy festivals

  4th October 2017

Guildford Book Festival established in 1989, and now in its 29th year, the Guildford Book Festival brings together a vibrant mix of authors and artists from around the world for eight-days of outstanding conversation and lively debate, all held in a welcoming environment. The Festival offers a strong programme of events for children, including an active schools programme. Over 50 authors are expecting to be appearing at the 2017 event.

When? 8 to 15 October 2017 - Read More 

Sherbourne Literary Festival founded in 2012 and has been growing from strength to strength every since. It is organised under the auspice of the Sherborne Literary Society. Excellent work. 2017 sees the sixth outing with a strong author line-up recruited by Festival Director, John Gaye. Lovely time of year to be in Dorset for a literary break it is too.

When? 11-15 October 2017 Where? Held in Digby Hall in the lovely village of Sherborne, Dorset Who? 2017 - Giles Milton, Joshua Levine, Natalie Haynes, Roger McGough, Ben Freeth, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Rory Stewart. Read More 

North Cornwall Book Festival a 'small but perfectly formed' literary festival on the rugged North Cornish coast, offering talks, workshops, exhibitions, family events, school' days, concerts, readings, bookshop, café, and bar. Talks range from free to £6; concerts.

When? 5-8 October 2017 Read More

Isle of Wight Literary Festival founded in 2013, the IOWLF offers a weekend of top authors and speakers all set in the magnificent and historical Northwood House. In addition, to the fine array of writers sharing their stories, the festival has a musical tradition of Jazz. There is plenty for the kids to do in the Youth Zone which is Free. Official sponsors, Red Funnel, are offering discounts on ferry travel making this well-established literary gathering on the lovely isle even more enticing.

When? 12 - 15 October 2017 Where? The festival will centre at Northwood House, Cowes, but some of the more informal and larger events will take place at venues across the town. Who? 2017 - Andrew Marr, Dame Jenni Murray, Val McDermid, Frank Gardner, Jim Al-Khalili and Xiaolu Guo, Tracy Borman, Countess of Carnarvon. Read more

Berwick Literary Festival - Northumbria 2017 witnesses the fourth small and friendly festival in the historic walled town of Berwick upon Tweed. The organisers aim to attract authors of national renown while also providing a platform for writers from the region.

When? Berwick Literary Festival 20-22 Oct 2017 Where? Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland Who? 2017 - Ian McMillan, Tony Husband, Max Adams, Neil Astley, Katrina Porteous and many others. Read more

The Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival is held annually in the October half-term, in various venues in the Oxfordshire market town of Wantage, where the late great Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman lived for many years. The festival is a broad mix of author interviews, poetry performance, comedy, workshops and theatre. The 2017 line-up includes Jenni Murray, Susie Dent, Nicholas Rankin, Clover Stroud, Felix Francis, Dr Claire Guest, children's favourite Korky Paul and renowned comedian Rich Hall. 

When? Saturday 21 – 28 October 2017. Read More

Stroud Book Festival is a 5-day literary feast for book lovers, showcasing some of the best in writing on a variety of themes.

When? 2 - 5 November 2017 Where? Stroud, Gloucestershire Who? Adam Horowitz , John Dougherty, Polly Toynbee,, The Emergency Poet, Hopeless Maine, Katie Fforde, Jane Bailey, Caroline Sanderson. Read more

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