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'A unique celebration of the written word, the Althorp Literary Festival takes place against the backdrop of one of England’s most beautiful private, historic houses.' Held Early October.

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‘A celebration of music and literature with a diverse programme of more than 120 events over ten days.’ Held Mid MayALERT The Bath Literature Festival  itself was held between 1995 and 2016 before being superseded by the multi-arts The Bath Festival.

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

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

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‘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.

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‘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.

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

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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.

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

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'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.'

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

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Usually held each year during March.

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‘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.

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‘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.

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‘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.

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

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'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.

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Usually held mid-September.

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'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).

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

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Usually held late August/early September.

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'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.'

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

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

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Usually held September/October each year.

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'The aim is to run an annual book festival the purpose of which is to promote and encourage the study, appreciation and knowledge of literature in Ullapool and the surrounding district. We include work written in Gaelic and Scots. We have a strong Gaelic element bearing in mind our heritage and the fact that there are many Gaelic learners in the area as well as native speakers. Literature has a significant place in Highland culture and life. The book festival is not just a showcase for Highland writers but also for writers from other parts of Scotland, and indeed the world, to come and create an inspirational atmosphere. It gives an opportunity for local people and visitors alike to hear the best the world of literature has to offer.' Held Mid May.

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‘Originally a celebration of all things Betjeman, the Wantage Literary Festival is now a collection 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 written (and spoken) word in all its forms. The Festival is organised by a Festival Director and run by a team of local volunteers. In addition to the main Festival week of events we also run a lively charitable schools’ programme and host various Quiz Nights throughout the year.‘

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Usually held early October.

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Usually held late September/early October.

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Ethos is ‘to bring Wimborne an eclectic, informative programme of authors, poets, workshops and events during the day and most evenings’. Held Mid May.

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'Features an inspiring mix of star authors, talks, events, workshops and film, all celebrating history, landscape, nature and people, with a strong focus on Scotland.' Held Mid February.

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Usually held September/October.

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