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'The Aldeburgh Literary Festival was started in 2002 by John and Mary James of The Aldeburgh Bookshop. It has featured an extraordinary variety of talks, from the local to the global, the serious to the hilarious, the scientific to the philosophical. The Festival is proud to be located in Aldeburgh at the Jubilee Hall and we are delighted that our audience fills the streets of Aldeburgh with visitors and conversation in a winter weekend. The intimate atmosphere makes it very special. We are also proud that this is a completely independent Literary Festival receiving no grants or sponsorship.' Normally held September.

'Appledore Book Festival is a charity founded in 2006 by Nick Arnold, author of Horrible Science, in a bid to raise money to save Appledore Library. His campaign brought our community together and saved the library, which is still at the heart of our village. Today, the Appledore Book Festival continues to thrive and has become one of the biggest cultural festivals in Devon, attracting world-class authors, speakers and artistes. Run almost exclusively by a team of volunteers, who do everything from stewarding the events to adorning the village with bunting, our Festival is a unique experience.'  Normally held September.

'Showcasing superb writing talent from all over the island of Ireland ... Bring people together to enjoy lively discussion, new perspectives and to soak up the intimate atmosphere the Festival is renowned for.' Normally held September.

'Aye Write is Glasgow's Book Festival, and Scotland’s second biggest book festival. It was founded in 2005 and since 2007 has been an annual fixture on Glasgow's culture calendar. Celebrating the best in national, international and local writing, Aye Write annually brings authors from all over the world to Glasgow. Events usually take place in the festival’s main home, the beautiful Mitchell Library, one of Europe's largest public libraries and along with other key cultural venues across the city. ' Normally held May.

'Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival with a vibrant array of talks and activities for children.' Normally held September

'Taking place every year in October, the Birmingham Literature Festival is a leading festival in the Midlands, showcasing the very best writers, speakers, thinkers, activists and artists from the UK and across the world. We programme and commission a wide range of innovative literature and literature-inspired work, creating unique opportunities for audiences to experience high quality events via our annual festival programmes and associated projects.'

Scarborough Book Festival, normally held Mid June.

'Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.' Normally held Early October.

'The Festival has grown over the years to be more than just books. Discover health and wellbeing classes and drop in sessions, film, opera, comedy, workshops, youth theatre as well as fine food and drink from the Borders and Scotland in the Orchard.' Normally held Mid June.

'Normally held at the magnificent Dumfries House, the Festival has become one of the most prestigious cultural events in Scotland and has attracted a host of writers and personalities ... Inspired by the great Ayrshire writer James Boswell of Auchinleck, the unique theme is taken from the genre at which he excelled, namely the telling of people’s life stories.' Usually held Mid May.

'BRIDLIT has expanded significantly over the years and we hope that our programme of events ... is more intriguing, illuminating and entertaining than ever before. An eclectic mix of writers on a variety of subjects promises to engage audiences of all tastes and interests.' Normally held Early November.

'An annual celebration of the creative word in Bristol. The festival is organised by a voluntary community group.' Normally held October.

Dickens and Broadstairs  'In 1937, to commemorate the centenary of the author's first visit, Gladys Waterer, the then resident of Dickens House, conceived the idea of putting on a production of David Copperfield and of having people about the town in Victorian dress to publicise it. Thus the Festival was born and, with the exception of the years of World War 2, has been held annually ever since.' Normally held Mid June.

'Situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on East Devon’s Jurassic Coast, Budleigh Salterton hosts South West England’s most outstanding literary festival. Our mission is to celebrate great writing with as wide an audience as possible.' Normally held Mid September.

'Spring & Winter festivals | Literary events throughout the year ... Cambridge Literary Festival (CLF) began as Cambridge Wordfest in 2003, when we had our first annual Spring Festival. We began hosting Winter Festivals in 2008 ... We now welcome over 350 writers and speakers to Cambridge each year and stage events that cover a huge variety of topics.'

'Cheltenham Literature Festival is the world’s first literature festival, leading the way in celebrating the written and spoken word, presenting the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats and high-profile speakers, while inspiring over 9,000 school children with a love of books through its Literature for Schools programme. ' Normally held Mid October.

'Cheltenham Poetry Festival offers an annual 10 day program of exciting live literature events. As well as the Spring programme, the Festival celebrates the power of words throughout the year at readings, performances and workshops.'

Normally held Mid November: 'One of the longest-running annual literature events in the country ... with a packed programme of visiting poets, writers, broadcasters, wordsmiths and actors'.

'We aim to offer lively, entertaining and informative events: performance, illustrated talks, lectures, conversation, interviews and discussions.' Normally held Mid September.

'Chipping Norton Literary Festival is created and run by volunteers. All the fizz and sparkle of the Festival days is a result of year round tireless work by a small army of people who put their enthusiasm and skills – and above all their love of books - to work for their festival and their community.'  Normally held Mid April.

'Brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books.' Normally held Early September.

'Crickhowell is a picturesque and proudly independent town nestled into the south east edge of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The town takes its name from the iron age fort that stood on top of the famous Crug Hywel, also known as Table Mountain ... Book-ish is Crickhowell’s independent book shop, located at the heart of the High Street. Book-ish offers an ecclectic mix of stock with books curated by owner Emma Corfield-Walters sitting alongside staionery, cards, gifts and educational toys. Book-ish are the festival organisers alongside the Dragon Inn and official bookseller for the festival.' Festival held over five days Mid-October.

'A week-long bilingual arts heritage and literature festival in Mold, Flintshire and surrounding area dedicated to author Daniel Owen. It is held around the end of October the anniversary of his birth and death.'

'Organised by writers for all those who enjoy the written word. Our aim is to give you the opportunity to hear stimulating talks and discussions by leading authors in a relaxed and beautiful setting.' Normally held Mid October.

'Durham Book Festival is a Durham County Council event produced by New Writing North and is part of Durham County Council’s exciting festivals programme. The Festival traditionally takes place in and around the beautiful city of Durham each October.'

'Off the Shelf Festival of Words festival is one of the best known festivals in the UK ... Books, reading, ideas and conversations are at the core of what we do ... Over the years the Festival has introduced a series of commissioned poems from lead writers, and is responsible for the Text in The City initiative – mounting poems in public places.' Normally held Late October.

'Established in 2002 as a successful springtime event, the Oundle Festival of Literature has evolved into an all year-round celebration of literature, a format that is popular with our performers and authors, and offers our audience a variety of events throughout the year. The Festival prides itself on featuring both fiction and non-fiction, including contemporary and genre-based fiction and an eclectic mix of non-fiction including environmental, political, historical and local interest topics.'

'In reviving the Oxford Festival – we are determined to reinforce our longstanding commitments to: * freedom of speech, debate, and diversity; and maintaining our tradition of courteous dialogue, allowing for contentious and difficult subjects to be publicly examined; * the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching; * providing platforms for as wide a range of published topics as possible.' Normally held Late March.

'Our first festival was in November 2016 and we hold them annually. We also work with local and national organisations in the arts & literary fields to support poetry in our area. We continue to be very heartened by the level of personal support and encouragement for our collaborative and volunteer led venture.' Normally held Early November.

'Rooted in Richmond Upon Thames, providing a window on the world, we bring writers and communities together. We're a hub of thought-provoking experiences for bookworms, arts lovers and discerning minds. Whether you’re an avid reader or seeking literary inspiration, join us for entertaining and meaningful events.' Normally held Mid November.

Provides a unique mix of daytime walks and evening talks to both inspire and invigorate you: Be inspired: meet celebrated authors, discover new ones and engage in a full programme of evening book events, and the occasional afternoon talk; Be invigorated: explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales in autumn - enjoy daily walks for amblers, ramblers and serious walkers led by friendly guides, keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the Dales.' Normally held Mid September.

'Sea Fever is North Norfolk’s festival of poetry and prose. It aims to celebrate all forms of the written word inspired by this exceptional coast-line; and to bring to the coast writers with national reputations.' Normally held Late June.

'Established in 2002 with the aim of bringing the brightest and best of current authors to the area ... It has always included a broad range of speakers: novelists, biographers, activists, poets, historians, politicians, political commentators and journalists.' Normally held Early October.

'Small Wonder Festival is the UK’s only festival dedicated to short stories and short form writing.' Normally held Late September.

'StAnza's mission is to celebrate poetry, to bring poetry to audiences and to enable encounters with poetry. The organisation works all year round to deliver poetry events and projects in Scotland and beyond ... StAnza is very much a cross-arts festival with poetry at its core. As well as readings, the festival features performances, in conversations, an annual lecture, workshops and masterclasses, films and video projections, children’s events, stand-up sessions and a range of exhibitions and installations.' Normally held Early March.

'Ullapool Book Festival is an intimate and welcoming literary festival on the shores of Loch Broom in the Highlands of Scotland.'  Normally held Early May.

'An eclectic and lively mixture of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. Held during the October school holiday, the Festival is dedicated to promoting the love of literature in all its forms to everyone in Wantage, Oxfordshire & Beyond!'

'Set up in 1992 to promote the love of books and of reading throughout the community ... Our main objective is to promote the enjoyment and excitement of books and to encourage a love of the written word. We do this by bringing to Wells a wide range of international, national and local writers to entertain, challenge, inspire and inform audiences of all ages and tastes. This extensive selection of events does not pose a dilemma for our audience; unlike many other literary festivals, no two events run at the same time, so it is possible (if ambitious!) to attend every single one.' Normally held Mid October.

'A ten day literary celebration in Scotland's National Book Town. Wigtown is a traditional market town, set in the beautiful countryside of Dumfries & Galloway, south-west Scotland. It is also Scotland's National Book Town, a designation that reflects its dozen or so secondhand bookshops and annual literary festival.' Normally held Late September.

'Wimbledon BookFest is a not for profit charity promoting arts, culture and education. Our aim is develop the cultural offering for the locality through provision of: * An annual public festival of author events based on Wimbledon Common; * Educational projects for schools & young people in Merton & South London (9 London Boroughs).' Normally held Mid June.

'Writing is for everyone. It’s turning up, sharing our stories and creating change on the page. We host two annual literature festivals, WoWFEST in May and Black History Month in October, which welcome writers, activists and artists. Our creative writing projects are focused on supporting writing in Liverpool, in our communities and schools, all year long.'

'The Festival began in 2007 under the auspices of York City Council. After the cuts which followed the crash of 2008, it was adopted by a voluntary group and has grown steadily to become one of the foremost literature festivals in the North of England ... The Festival prides itself on having a diverse range of events including talks, lectures, panels, debates, performances, storytelling pieces and workshops. It features both fiction (literary, contemporary and genre-based), non-fiction and poetry while focusing on a number of themes including history, current affairs and a small programme for children.' Normally held Late March.

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