Below is a list of some of the major literary festivals that take place every year within the LIPSSEE catchment area. So that we can keep the information as accurate as possible we would appreciate any input from members.
ESSEX BOOK FESTIVAL (March).
A month long festival with events held throughout the county. The festival showcases new writers as well as bringing a range of the biggest names in the literary world to Essex.
OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL (March/ April).
Over 350 writers descend on Christ Church College to talk, debate, and discuss ideas. There is always a great programme of events for children and young people.
CAMBRIDGE LITERARY FESTIVAL (April & November).
There are two festivals a year – the main spring festival at the end of April and the winter festival in November. The spring festival lasts several days and brings to Cambridge some of the best established and new writers.
BARNES CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL (May) London’s largest dedicated children’s literary festival
”26 LETERS” AT THE BRIGHTON FESTIVAL(May).
The Brighton Festival is a contemporary celebration of British and international performing arts, and “26 Letters” is one of the events. It is a four day festival of children’s literature.
CHARLESTON FESTIVAL (May).
Set in the tranquil country home of the Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, this annual festival never fails to bring international writers and thinkers to the Sussex countryside.
DULWICH FESTIVAL (May).
This is a community arts festival that features literary talks and readings, poetry, historical/architectural/wildlife walks, theatre, music, art and family entertainment.
BROADSTAIRS DICKENS FESTIVAL (June ).
This is a mixed arts family festival inspired by the works of Charles Dickens.
CHISWICK CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL(September)
Part of the annual Chiswick Book Festival this takes place over a weekend. After each event, readers can buy copies of the latest books from Waterstones’ Festival bookshop, and have them signed by the authors.
BATH CHILDREN’S LITERARY FESTIVAL (September/ October)
Established in 2007 this is the largest dedicated children’s book festival in Europe, and presents over 80 public, ticketed events and an extensive programme of events in schools. The Festival regularly attracts some of the biggest children’s authors and illustrators from the UK and internationally
HENLEY LITERARY FESTIVAL (September/ October).
This is a 3 day celebration of the written word to include readings, creative writing workshops and live poetry performances..
WIMBLEDON BOOK FESTIVAL (September/ October).
This festival, in early October, offers a diverse range of readings and book events at a selection of venues in Wimbledon.
CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL (October)
Established in 1949, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of oldest literary events in the world and Book It! is their festival within a festival for families and young readers.
GUILFORD BOOK FESTIVAL (October/ November).
The Festival was established in 1990 and has now become the biggest pure literary festival in the South of England. The festival has a schools programme enabling school children to meet and interrogate authors
SOUTH KEN KIDS FESTIVAL (November)
Held at the Institut français in London this week-long literacy festival promotes cross-cultural exchange and cultural diversity by offering a range of literary events and workshops specially tailored for children in French, English or bilingual in order to give children unforgettable experiences of the world of book-making, story-writing and illustration.
This website (http://www.literaryfestivals.co.uk/) lists the details of 350+ Community Literary Festivals that take place throughout UK & Ireland plus English speaking gatherings throughout Europe.