Words, Quotes, Festivals

I was about to compile a list of Literary Festivals in the UK and realised, the job had already been done for me. A heartfelt Thankyou to http://www.thewordtravels.com/

There are now literary festivals throughout the year in the UK. The largest ones include:

•The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, at the end of March

•The Guardian Hay Festival, in late May

•Edinburgh International Book Festival, in August

•Cheltenham Festival of Literature, in mid October

In addition there are many festivals that concentrate on the work of a single writer, such as the Wordsworth Festival in January or the Dylan Thomas Festival in November.

There are also festivals celebrating a particular genre or type of writing, such as the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival or the Clerkenwell experimental writing festival (both in July).

Below is a selection of the leading literature festivals in the UK, together with links for further details (copy and paste into your browser).

We also list a number of other festivals that may be of interest for combining with a literary tour. These include The Chelsea Flower Show and The Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair. For further information or help with any arrangements, please contact us


Bath Literature Festival

A programme featuring over 100 different literary events from debates and lectures to readers' groups, workshops and films in venues throughout the city.


Oundle Festival of Literature

7th-21st March, 2009

2009 highlights include John Simpson; Sky News Adam Boulton and journalist and broadcaster Simon Hoggart examining The Blair years; Kate Summerscale, author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher; Patrick Gale, Paul Torday; Clive Aslet; and James Taylor on Darwin


King's Sutton Literary Festival

A weekend festival in this charming village close to Banbury, Oxfordshire


International Festival of Mountaineering Literature

Bretton Hall Campus, Wakefield



The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

The Festival presents over 200 authors, covering all areas of writing, plus events for children.


Cambridge Conference of Contemporary Poetry

Trinity College, Cambridge


Cambridge Wordfest

The Festival presents a wide variety of writers over three days in Cambridge towards the end of April each year.


Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival

The fourth Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival takes place between 25th April and 2nd May 2011. Working with The Week magazine as media partner, the festival programme includes author events, workshops, performance poetry and lively panel discussions.



The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature

The only Festival in the UK dedicated to writing about Asia, The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature celebrates the newest and best of writing across a broad spectrum of Asian countries in a series of talks, debates and discussions.

May 11 - 22 2009


The Charleston Festival

A literary festival at Charleston, country home of Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell


Daphne du Maurier Festival of Arts and Literature

Fowey, Cornwall


Lincoln Book Festival


The Guardian Hay Festival

One of the largest literary festivals in the UK, in the ‘Book’ town of Hay-on-Wye



Word – University of Aberdeen Writers Festival


Swaledale Festival


Grassington Festival

A general arts and music festival with some literary events



Buxton Festival

A festival of opera, music and literature


Dartington Hall Festival - Ways With Words

A ten-day literary festival set in the medieval courtyard at Dartington Hall, Devon


Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

The Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

Presents many leading UK and international writers of crime fiction


John Clare FestivalThe John Clare School, Helpston nr Peterborough

The festival is a celebration of the life and works of John Clare


Stratford-on-Avon Poetry Festival



Edinburgh International Book Festival

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Major festival of literature and the artshttp://www.edbookfest.co.uk


Bristol Poetry Festival

Vibrant celebration of poetry


Graham Greene Festival


Chiswick Book Festival

In 2010 the festival is taking place the weekend of 17th - 19th September with authors including Terry Pratchett, Michael Wood, Andrew Motion and Val McDermid


Wigtown Festival

Scotland's national book town


Bournemouth Literary Festival

A world or words in Bournemouth


Henley Literary Festival

The 4th Henley Literary Festival takes place from September 29 to October 3 2010. Melvyn Bragg, Antonia Fraser and Craig Brown are among the 100 events being held throughout the town, which will also include Alexei Sayle, Max Hastings and Lionel Shriver



Cheltenham Festival of Literature

A long-established literary festival with upwards of 400 speakers


Burnham Market Book Festival

Takes place on 1-3 October this year (2010) and includes Simon Jenkins, Sara Wheeler, Nicci French,General Sir Richard Dannatt, Ben Macintyre and Jane Fearnley Whittingstall.


Wimbledon Book Festival

A festival in early October which offers a diverse range of readings and book events at a selection of venues in Wimbledon


Wirral Bookfest

11-17 October 2010 - 21 events run by Wirral Libraries in Merseyside including Carol Ann Duffy, Gervaise Phinn, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Ramsay Campbell, emerging fantasy and sci-fi authors, and writing and publishing workshops


Inverness Book Festival


Poole Literary Festival

A new festival with its first major programme in 2010. Takes place from 29th - 31st Oct. Writers appearing include poet laureate Carol Anne Duffy and a varied selection of Dorset writers including Paul Atterbury, Kit Berry, Sarah Challis, Daisy Goodwin and Jason Goodwin


Peak Literary Festival

Held annually in the spring and autumn (May and October/November) in the Peak District National Park



Aldeburgh International Poetry Festival


Dylan Thomas Festival

The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea


Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival

2010 will see the 19th Richmond literary festival. Running throughout November, the line up for 2010 features high-profile authors, TV personalities, journalists, poets, politicians, as well as some newer voices, at various venues throughout the borough


Cambridge Winter Wordfest

At the ADC Theatre in Cambridge


Southwold Literature Festival

Part of the Ways with Words series of literature festivals, held in the lovely seaside resort of Southwold, Suffolk


Enjoy, Gillian.