Guernsey Literary Festival: The first ever Guernsey Literary Festival will taking place from May 12-15, 2011 and will be featuring writers inspired by Guernsey. Just some of the speakers and performers Guernsey will be welcoming are Annie Barrows, Tim Binding, Mary Horlock, Edward & Olivia Chaney and John Cooper Clark. For full Festival information click on the link above.
Writing, Creativity and Ritual: A Writing Retreat for Women on the Ancient Isle of Avalon! Glastonbury, England, July 25 to August 4, 2011.
UBUD Writers & Readers Festival: Workshops 5-9 October, 2011. Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Open to anyone who appreciates the Arts and Literature. The program will feature challenging and stimulating venues including: Bi-lingual readings, discussions, poetry, workshops, bookshops, perfomances, exhibitions, book & magazine launches, literary lunches, musical events, cultural tours. If you would like to be included in the program please send a brief bio to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derbyshire Literature Festival: A month-long celebration of reading and writing, held in June every two years.
Derbyshire County Council
Cultural & Community Services Department
Tel: 01773 – 832497
Obadiah Christian Publishing House and Magazine: Announces 3rd Annual Christian Writer’s Conference. Speakers include: Shirley Kawa-Jump, author of How to Publish Your Articles, several Silhouette Romances, and numerous other books; and Don Woods, sales and marketing consultant at Action Printing.
Middlesex University: For more information contact Adam on (020) 8202 0982 or check out the website.
North East Lincolnshire Annual Literature Festival
Aims to make literature accessible to all ages and abilities.
Arts Development Unit
North East Lincolnshire Council
Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LN
Phone: 01472 323007
Knutsford Literature Festival
King’s Lynn Fiction Festival
An annual festival which brings together 8 published novelists for the weekend for readings and discussions.
19 Tuesday Market Place
Norfolk PE30 1JW
Phone: 01553 691661
Bath Literature Fesitval
An annual 9-day festival. Leading guests writers, including readings, discussions and workshops.
Bath Festivals Trust
5-6 Broad Street
Bath BA1 5LJ
Phone: 01255 462231
The London Festival of Literature: The Word
Features the world’s largest gathering of writers, musicians and artists. The programme includes performances and conversations.
245 John St
London EC1V 4NB
Phone: 020 7837 2555
Cambridge Conference of Contemporary Poetry
Annual weekend of poetry readings, discussion and performance in the modernist tradition.
Dr Rod Mengham
Cambridge CB5 8BL
Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers Festival of Writing
A weekend festival of readings, workshops and discussions. Promotes working class writing as an alternative to establishment literature.
PO Box 540, Burslem
Stoke-on-Trent ST6 6DR
Phone/fax: 01782 822327
Web site: http://www.thefwwcp.org.uk/
General arts festival, covering a broad range of subjects. Leading guest writers.
Multi-arts festival with a programme of literary events.
75 New Street
Wilts SP1 2PH
Phone: 01722 323883
Swindon Festival of Literature
The Sunday Times Hay Festival
Aims to celebrate the best in writing and performance from around the world. Commissions new work and promotes young writers of excellence and potential. May/June.
Dublin Writers’ Festival
Presented by Dublin City Council and the Arts Council of Ireland, the Dublin Writers Festival is the largest event of its kind in Ireland, taking place annually in mid June and featuring some 40 Irish and international writers over four days of readings, discussions and other events.
Dublin Writers Festival
Address: 13 Moyclare Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13, Ireland
Fax: 0044 870 127 2089
Female Eye National Festival of Women’s Writing
A non-profit organisation to promote writing by women. A chosen theme each year. The festival comprises performance, writing workshops and discussion. Also collaborative events with other festivals and provides a networking base.
Watersmeand, Norwood Green Hill
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Phone: 01274 670181
An annual arts festival with a programme of music and literature events.
Canon Gate House
Chichester PO19 1PU
Phone: 01243 785718
City of London Festival
Multi-arts festival with a programme of literary events, including leading guests writers. June/July.
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Festival
Promotes the Welsh language and the culture of Wales. Over 200 competitions in all artistic fields. A contemporary art exhibition with over 4000 submissions each year.
Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales
40 Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen
Cardiff CF4 5WU
Phone: 029 2076 3777
Includes a programme of literary activities.
Exeter EX1 1JJ
Phone: 01392 265200
Web site: www.exeter.gov.uk
Festival at the Edge
A weekend of stories, music and song. Also residential story-telling workshops.
c/o 3 Highpoint
Telford TF6 5BT
Phone: 01952 504929
Harrogate International Festival
Annual international multi-arts festival.
Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival
Annual festival which aims to present poetry of many different ages. Provides opportunities for readings by contemporary poets.
Annual festival celebrating the life and work of Dylan Thomas. Performance, lectures, debates, poetry, music, and film. July-mid August.
The Dylan Thomas Centre
Swansea SA1 1RR
Phone: 01792 463980
Warwick & Leamington Festival
Music festival which includes some literature and poetry; readings performance and workshops.
Warwick Arts Society
Warwick CV34 4JL
Phone: 01926 410747
Ways with Words Literature Festival
Festival includes readings, talks, interviews, discussions, seminars, workshops with leading guest writers. Literary weekends and writing courses.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Europe’s largest book event. Over 350 writers contribute to the programme of events. Runs concurrently with the Edinburgh International Festival.
An annual festival featuring novelists, biographers and political writers.
Lamb House, West Street
East Sussex TN31 7ES
Phone: 01797 224982
National Association of Writers’ Groups Open Festival of Writing
St Aidan’s College, University of Durham
Dozens of high-class workshops, good food, friendly atmosphere, Gala Dinner and Presentation Ceremony, Afterglow. Details from Brian Lister email@example.com or write to NAWG Secretary Diane Wilson, 40 Burstall Hill, Bridlington, East Yorkshire YO16 7GA
A celebration of contemporary Irish writing. Includes readings, discussions, workshops and a children’s day.
North Down Heritage Centre
The Castle, Bangor
Co. Down BT20 4BT
Phone: 01247 271200
Ballymena Arts Festival
General arts festival which inlcudes literary events.
Ballymena Borough Council
Ardeevin, 80 Galgorm Road
Ballymena, Co. Antrim
Phone: 01266 660300
Birmingham Readers & Writers Festival
9-day festival which aims to promote the best in contemporary literature, both from the city and internationally. 100 events on offer, including workshops, performances and talks.
Festival Office, Central Library
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham
Phone: 0121 303 4244
A general arts festival with a literature programme.
Christ Church Gate, The Precincts
Cantebury, Kent CT1 2EE
Phone: 01227 472820
Cheltenham Festival of Literature
A wide range of events, including talks and lectures, poetry readings, novelists in conversation, exhibitions, discussions and workshops. Book It! is a festival for children within the main festival.
Town Hall, Imperial Square
Phone: 01242 521621
Web site: www.cheltenhamfestivals.co.uk
Chester Literature Festival
Festival including international and national writers, events by local literary groups, events for children and workshops.
8 Abbey Square
Chester CH1 2HU
Phone: 01244 319985
Dublin Theatre Festival
Address: 44 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
Guildford Book Festival
An annual festival on a chosen theme. A programme of over 40 events at 12 venues, including readings, literary lunches, discussions, performance poetry, and competitions.
Lancaster Lit Fest
Annual festival including readings, performances and workshops by contemporary writers.
Leicester Literature Festival
A biennial festival with a set theme. Includes readings, discussions, exhibitions and workshops.
Leicester Ciy Council, 12th Floor
New Walk Centre, Welford Place
Leicester LE1 6ZG
Norfolk and Norwich Festival
General arts festival with some literary events.
Off the Shelf Literature Festival
The festival comprises a wide range of events for adults and children. Author visits, writing workshops, competitions and theatre performances.
c/o Sheffield Libraries and Information Services
Central Library, Surrey Street
Sheffield S1 1XZ
Phone: 0114 273 4716
The biggest poetry festival in the British Isles. Bringing together a wide range of poets from around the world. Readings, workshops, discussions and events for children.
Wells Festival of Literature
Annual festival featuring leading guest writers and poets. Includes writing workshops and competitions.
Tower House, St Andrew Street
Wells, Somerset BA5 2UN
Phone: 01749 673385
Web site: www.somersite.co.uk/wellsfest.htm
Writearound: Middlesbrough’s Annual Festival for Writers and Readers
Independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging, promoting and developing literary activity on Teeside and surrounding areas. Includes workshops, performances, poetry and children’s events.
Durham Literature Festival
c/o Durham City Arts Ltd
Durham DH1 4TD
Phone: 0191 301 8821
Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
International poetry festival of contemporary poetry. The weekend includes readings, workshops, a public masterclass, a lecture and children’s event.
Aldeburgh Poetry Trust
Goldings, Goldings Lane
Leiston, Suffolk IP16 4EB
Phone: 01728 830631
Belfast Festival at Queen’s
Largest annual arts event in Ireland. Includes literature evetns.
Annual Literature Festival. Leading British guest writers and poets hold discussions, talks and debates.
Leisure Service Department
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Langholm Lodge, 146 Petersham Road
Richmond, Surrey TW10 6UX
Phone: 020 8332 0534
Hastings Poetry Festival
Includes the prize-giving of the Hastings National Poetry Competition, Poems are invited for consideration for the bi-annual First Time poetry magazine.
c/o The Snoring Cat, 136 Harold Road
East Sussex TN35 5NN
Phone: 01424 428855
International Playwright Festival
An annual competition for full-length unperformed plays. Entry forms available from the theatre. The weekend festival includes readings of selected plays and works from the leading Italian Festival, the Premio Candoni Arti Terme.
Many literature festivals are held throughout the year on a seasonal basis:
An annual festival which includes commemoration services, theatre productions, exhibitions and readings. Takes place in London, Cantebury and the County of Kent in the Spring (Easter), Summer (June-July) and Autumn (Oct).
Chaucer Heritage Trust, Chaucer Centre
22 St Peter’s Street
Cantebury, Kent CT1 2BQ
Phone: 020 7229 0635
Huddersfield Poetry Festival
This festival consists of a Spring season (April) and an Autumn season (October). Both seasons include multi-arts performances, projects and workshops.
Ilkley Literature Festival
The 10-week Word of the North event is an international festical of regional significance. There will be 40 events featuring international writers, performers and poets.
Lincolnshire Literature Festival
A monthly series of literary events throughout Lincoln. Occasional festivals throught the UK.
Education and Cultural Services Directorate
Lincolnshire County Council
County Office, Lincoln LN1 1YL
Phone: 01522 552831
An all-year-round literature programme including workshops, readings, performances and exhibitions, as part of a larger programme of arts work.
The Plough Arts Centre
9-11 Fore Street, Torrington
Devon EX38 8HQ
Phone: 01805 622552
Royal Court Young Writers’ Festival
A national festival which anyone up to the age of 25 can enter. Promising plays are then developed and performed at the Royal Court’s Theatre. Biennially.
The Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme
London SW1W 8AS
Phone: 020 7565 5000
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