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'Established in 2007, Literary Festivals UK provides a dedicated online platform to promote community Literary Festivals and authors from the UK and Ireland. Over 350 literary festivals are listed and hundreds of authors. The site gets 10,000 visitors a week in peak season with social media reach in excess of 3 million pa.'

* Literary Festivals UK

Usually held late February/early March.

Aldeburgh Literary Festival, The
Appledore Book Festival
Aspects Irish Literature Festival
Aye Write: Glasgow's Book Festival
Bath Children's Literature Festival

‘A celebration of music and literature with a diverse programme of more than 120 events over ten days.’ Held Mid May.

Bath Literature Festival

The Proms have held 'free introductory events each day designed to give you a fascinating context to the music and artists featured in the BBC Proms season ...' ALERT Does not seem to have been held as such in recent seasons.

BBC Proms Plus Literary
Biggar Little Festival
Birmingham Literature Festival

ALERT 'We're taking a wee break this year to properly plan for the future.'

Black Isle Words
Blenheim Palace Literary Festival at Woodstock, The

Latest Dates 18 April - 16 June 2013. ALERT No Festivals more recent found.

Book & Media Festival

ALERT The Festival with this Title does not seem to have been held recently.

Books, Borders & Bikes
Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival
Borders Book Festival
Boswell Book Festival

Usually held early November.

Bridport Literary Festival

Held 'each October, with extra events during the year'.

Bristol Festival of Literature
Also indexedUnputdownable | LoveBristol
Broadstairs Dickens Festival
Brontë Society Summer Festival
Brympton Festival - Literature Music Art
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Latest Dates 1-3 November 2013. ALERT Festival not held in recent years.

Burnham Market Book Festival, The
Caerleon Festival, The

Usually held Late June, with a Winter Festival late November.

Cambridge Literary Festival
Chalfont St Giles and Jordans Literary Festival, The

‘The largest festival in the UK dedicated entirely to History ... So much to see and do. Offering a unique blend of talks, discussions & debates alongside a vast living history through-the-ages encampment, interactive living history events, fabulous food and drinks, shopping emporium and stunning air displays ~ a celebration of history like no other ...’ Held Late June.

Chalke Valley History Festival
Charleston Festival

‘One of the UK’s oldest literature festivals. It was established in 1989 by volunteer organisation Chester Arts 89 and booksellers in the city.’ Held November.

Chester Literature Festival
Also indexedStoryhouse
Chipping Campden Literature Festival
Chipping Norton Literary Festival
Chiswick Book Festival

Usually held early March. Throughout the year an extensive series of book talks, signings etc hosted by the Chorleywood (and Gerrards Cross) Bookshop.

Chorleywood Children's Litfest

Usually held mid-October.

Daniel Owen Festival

Dulwich Books is an award-winning independent bookshop based in West Dulwich. We were shortlisted for Best Independent Bookshop in London at the British Book Awards 2017. We host literary events at a range of venues across South London ... The Dulwich Literary Festival is presented in partnership with Dulwich College, our generous venue sponsor. Dulwich College, founded in 1619 by Edward Alleyn, is an academically selective independent boys’ school. In 2019 the College will celebrate its quatercentenary with a programme of special events and activities, several of which will be open to the public.’ Festival held Early November.

Dulwich Literary Festival
Also indexedDulwich Books | Dulwich College
Durham Book Festival

'An alternative book festival of ideas by two of Edinburgh's leading independent bookshops.' The 'Fringe Festival' has been held mid-August.

Edinburgh Book Fringe

'An independent company and charity based in Edinburgh and we run reading and writing projects. We believe that literature in its broadest sense enriches the soul and brings joy, and that it is a true way to understand and celebrate ourselves, our city and our nation. We are the founding city in an international network of UNESCO Cities of Literature. We run campaigns and projects to transform our literary city; we create networks and spaces to connect people.'

Edinburgh City of Literature

'The Radical Book Fair is Scotland’s leading alternative political & literary festival; it was launched by Wole Soyinka in 1996.' Held Mid November.

Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Named Lectures & TalksDonald Dewar Memorial Lecture

Usually held each year during March.

Essex Book Festival
Faclan Hebridean Book Festival

‘We are a bright and breezy book festival with a diverse mix of events that cover everything from politics to sport, crime fiction to romance. We exist for those who always have their head buried in a book and those who haven’t yet fully experienced the wonder of reading.’ Held Late June.

Felixstowe Book Festival

‘Occupying the space where science and culture collide, the festival will bring together design music, art, science, food, books and theatre. We’re working with partners across the city and throughout Scotland to bring you brand new commissions, world class performers, authors and the best events for kids.‘ Held Mid October.

Festival of the Future
Also indexedDundee Literary Festival
Folkestone Book Festival
Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature
Also indexedDu Maurier Festival Society | Fowey Festival of Words and Music
Frinton Literary Festival
Also indexedCaxton Books & Gallery
FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, The
Graham Greene International Festival
Also indexedGraham Greene Birthplace Trust

‘We’re somewhere artistry meets activism, the secular meets the spiritual, politics meets positivity. We’re somewhere to come together once a year, where we’re just as likely to dream up a better world as we are to dance and debate, to pray and to party (ideally all of those things at the same time).’ Held Late August.

Greenbelt Festival
Also indexedGreenbelt Festival
Guildford Book Festival

Held in JW3 - London Jewish Cultural Centre - Mid September.

Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival
Also indexedJW3

‘The Hay Festival’ itself: Usually held late May/early June.

Hay Festival
Headingley LitFest

Usually held late September/early October.

Henley Literary Festival

Usually held late April/early May.

Hexham Book Festival
Huddersfield Literature Festival
Hungerford Literary Festival
Ilkley Literature Festival
Imprint Book Festival
International Agatha Christie Festival

'Set against the stunning backdrop of Scotland's whisky isle, Islay Book Festival is a community event which draws a lively audience from locals and visitors alike. Growing out of a small book club in Port Ellen, our volunteer-run festival is part of Islay's busy annual events calendar and Argyll's thriving cultural scene.' Held Early October.

Islay Book Festival

Usually held mid-September.

Jane Austen Festival
Also indexedJane Austen Centre

'The King's Lynn Literature Festivals are held during a single weekend in March (Fiction) and September (Poetry) each year. Our guiding principle, initiated by King's Lynn's finest, Tony Ellis and co-founder, the late George MacBeth, is to present some of the best contemporary writers of chapter and verse in a friendly and informal setting.' Held Mid March (Fiction).

Kings Lynn Fiction Festival
Knutsford Literature Festival

Usually held mid-March.

Lancaster Litfest
Lavenham Literary Festival

Lichfield Festival runs the annual Literature Festival, a week-long book Festival.’ Held Early March.

Lichfield Literary Festival
Literary Leicester Festival
London Literature Festival
Manchester Literature Festival

Usually held late September/early October.

Marlborough Literature Festival
Mere Literary Festival
Milngavie Book & Arts Festival

Usually held late August/early September.

Nairn Book & Arts Festival

Held Early October. (Created following the demise of the Inverness Book Festival.)

NessBookFest
Off The Page
Also indexedStirling Council Libraries Communities & Culture
Off the Shelf Festival of Words

'The Festival of Literature holds many one-off events throughout the year. They continue to be planned and hosted to a very high standard, but are no longer confined to one week in March.'

Oundle Festival of Literature
Peckham Literary Festival
Also indexedReview Bookshop | Persepolis
Penzance Literary Festival

Festival takes place in the second half of July, with a Literary Weekend in November.

Petworth Festival
Also indexedPetworth Festival Literary Weekend

Usually held late February/early March.

Portsmouth BookFest
Also indexedPortsmouth City Library Service | The Hayling Island Bookshop | CSI Portsmouth
Proms at St Jude's Literary Weekend

‘A festival of books and words, tales, talks and ideas taking place across Richmond upon Thames each November.’

Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival

Usually held late September/early October.

Richmond Walking & Book Festival
Scarborough Book Festival
Also indexedScarborough Literature Festival | Books by the Beach

ALERT 'After careful review of are 10-year work for literature, we have now decided that the best way forward for Sentinel Poetry Movement is to concentrate on publishing books and magazines ... It has been fun organising the Sentinel Literature Festival, but sadly we are not going to continue with it.'

Sentinel Literature Festival

Usually held September/October each year.

Sevenoaks Literary Festival
Small Wonder: The Short Story Festival

Usually held late September. ALERT Could not find any future Festivals described at Review.

Soho Literary Festival

Has usually been held in late October/early November.

South Asian Literature Festival
St Ives Literature Festival
Stoke Newington Literary Festival
Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival
Swindon Festival of Literature
T S Eliot Festival
Also indexedFriends of Little Gidding
Taunton Literary Festival
Also indexedBrendon Books

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