Writing and Literature Festivals in the Best of the Web UK Directory

Writing and Literature Festivals

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail - The Royal National Mod

Annual celebration of Scotland's Gaelic language, culture and arts; includes a programme and venue details for the current year's event, a history, and plans for future Mods.

Aye Write!

An annual festival endeavors to build on the tradition of writing in Glasgow and wider Scotland. Includes a programme, with information for visitors and participants.

Birmingham Book Festival

Provides a festival diary as well as information on workshops and events which will take place.

Birmingham Literature Festival

Annual festival. Includes event listing and booking details.

Black Isle Words

Annual festival of writing and literature held in Fortrose and Cromarty; includes a programme and contacts.

Bloody Scotland

An international crime-writing festival established to build on Scotland's reputation for crime fiction; with a programme and venue details, author profiles, competitions, and news. http://www.facebook.com/bloodyscotland BloodyScotland

Book Festival Scotland

Scotland has more literary festivals per capita than any other country; offers a guide to the book, storytelling, and poetry festivals around the country, with a calendar, news, links, and contacts.

Borders Book Festival

Annual literary festival held in Melrose; includes a programme and visitor guide, competition information, and contacts.

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Offers a programme to download, information about their year round projects, and an archive of past festivals. Held in September, in Devon.

Cambridge Wordfest

Brings new and established writers to Cambridge for two annual festivals, in spring and autumn; includes programmes, news, and contacts.

Cheltenham Literature Festival

A well established festival that has been running for over 60 years; includes a programme, with venue and ticket details.

Du Maurier Festival

Annual festival celebrating the life and works of Daphne du Maurier and the association of her work with the County of Cornwall, and Fowey in particular.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Annual book festival; provides news and visitor information.


Annual Hebridean book festival covering Gaelic and English authors; includes a programme, guide to getting there, and practical information for visitors.

Folkestone Literary Festival

Annual festival of talks, workshops, fringe and other events. Includes programme, venues and booking information.

Guildford Book Festival

Offers information on authors appearing at this annual book festival and also describes the festival's history.

Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

Held annually; includes a programme and venue details, with information about competitions and awards.

Hay Festival Wales

Official site of Hay-on-Wye's annual literature festival provides news, festival programme, FAQs, accommodation links and dedicated children's section.

Hexham Book Festival

Features downloads of previous year's programmes plus promotion of the current year's programme of events at this book festival.

Ilkley Literature Festival

Provides FAQ for this literature festival as well as the programme of events and other useful information for visitors.

Inverness Book Festival

Held annually; includes a programme, ticket details, news, and contacts.

Islay Book Festival

An annual festival of reading and books held in Port Ellen; describes their programme and history, with an archive from previous years' events.

Jewish Book Week

A celebration of Jewish writing and culture held annually in London; includes programme and venue details, events and prizes, and contacts. jewishbookweek

Lincoln Book Festival

Presents the programme for this annual book festival, plus information on the various venues and photographs from the previous year's festival.

Literary Dundee

An annual literary festival; includes their programmes for children and adults, details of the Dundee International Book Prize, and their support for new writers.

Literary Festivals

Maintains a listing of literary and book festivals around the UK and Ireland, and of British and Irish book awards.

Manchester Literature Festival

Features a downloadable brochure for this annual literature festival, plus photographs and audience survey.

Mere Literary Festival

Offers the schedule of events for visitors and entry details for short story and poetry competitors in the annual week-long event held in mid-October. Wiltshire.

Nairn’s Book and Arts Festival

An annual event; includes a programme, profiles of participants, and information about venues.

Oxford Literary Festival

Offers an annual programme of world-class authors and speakers; includes details of events, including for children and young adults, author listing, and information about a creative writing course.

Oxford Literary Festival

Annual event offering a range of talks, discussions, debates, readings, literary lunches and dinners in Christ Church and Corpus Christi and Merton Colleges, Oxford.

Swindon Festival of Lierature

Offers an annual programme of writers, novelists, poets, thinkers, speakers, and storytellers; includes an events diary and information for visitors.

Ullapool Book Festival

An annual festival of literature and the arts. Includes details of past years' events.

Ways With Words

Organises a variety of literature festivals around the UK and holidays for writers and painters in Italy and France. Includes festival details and gallery.

Wells Festival of Literature

Provides their programme and venue details, with a brochure to download and details of their annual writing competitions.

West Port Book Festival

An annual festival of the literary history of Edinburgh, run by six independent bookshops and a bookbinder. Includes a programme, details of venues and tickets, news, and contacts.

Wigtown Book Festival

An annual event in Dumfries and Galloway; includes a programme, details of competitions, ticket information, and visitor guide.


The University of Aberdeen's annual writers' festival; includes a programme, press releases, and details of venues in the city and throughout Aberdeenshire.


An annual month long festival to explore the spoken and written word in performance, held in Aberdeen and around North-East Scotland. Includes an event calendar and artist profiles, with ticket and venue information.

World Book Night

To celebrate World Book Day, a million books are given away by passionate readers to members of the public, or distributed in places like prisons and hospitals; describes the scheme, the books, and related events.

World Shakespeare Festival

Taking place across Britain in April 2012. Includes ticketing information, what's on and news.

Writing on the Wall

An annual community festival of writing in Liverpool, involving local, national, and international writers; with a programme, details of year-round projects, venue details, and news.

York Literature Festival

Offers a programme of diverse events for adults and children at venues all over the city. Includes a what's on section, links, news, and contacts.

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