UK literary festivals

Literary festivals profile literary fiction in the main (as opposed to ‘genre fiction’). Occasionally, you’ll get a kids author, a crime author, even the very occasional fantasy author attending, but it’s usually dominated by celebs-turned-author, ex-politicians and those who pen litfic. Still, if that’s your bag, then you’ll be interested in the following list of the biggest ones…

Edinburgh International Book Festival, 9-25 Aug 2014: the big one! 

Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, 22 May-1 June 2014: Hay-on-Wye has more book shops per head of population than anywhere else in the UK: this festival is a pilgrimmage for many

London Literature Festival, May-June: one of many lit festivals that take place in London: others include Richmond, Stoke Newington and Soho

AyeWrite Fesitval, Glasgow’s Book Festival, mainly in spring:

Bath Literature Festival, March: an independent festival, but attracted JK Rowling in 2013

Nottingham Festival of Words, Feb probably 2014: no info available yet

Cambridge Wordfest, twice a year, winter and spring: well organised, clear info, a committed festival team

Manchester Literature Festival, throughout Oct 2013: well resourced and running since 2006, it attracts international names

Ilkley Literature Festival, 4-20 Oct 2013: extremely well established and long running festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival, 4-13 Oct 2013: a comedian, a musician, a matter of taste

Birmingham Literature Festival, 3-12 Oct 2013: well resourced and attracting big literary names

And there are many more, of course. If you desperately want your own added to the list, just scream.

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