Book events in the UK

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Editado: Jun 5, 2007, 12:17pm

Here`s your chance to plug any book events you know of that others might like - whether local or national, whether you`re an organiser otr just interested.

I`ll make a start with

Anyone know of any others ?

Jun 5, 2007, 12:18pm

sorry that links not working - there`s one that works in the other Brits group !

Jul 31, 2007, 5:28am


I'm speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August; details are here.

Editado: Sep 27, 2007, 11:42am

The Manchester Literature Festival, 4th- 14th October

October is a busy month it's also when we have our food & drink festival!

Sep 28, 2007, 5:46am

If Manchester is the wrong end of the country, there's also the Cheltenham Literature Festival, 5th-14th October.

Editado: Sep 28, 2007, 6:16am

Oh, Manchester Public Libraries are running a competition to come up w/a design for a Book Bag. The prize is £50 Waterstone's vouchers *yumyum

Sep 28, 2007, 2:45pm

#5: "If Manchester is the wrong end of the country"
My goodness what geography!! Manchester is near Ramsbottom which is the centre of Britain. Now I live in Inverness I know what it's like to live at the edge.

Sep 28, 2007, 6:22pm

"Centre of Britain" or not, Manchester is surely in the North of England.

Mayo 28, 2010, 5:01pm

Administers topic-CPR.... type....two, three, four....type....

I thought, with the Hay Book Festival in full swing (until 6th June), and kicking off a summer of more, this would be as good a time as any to revive this groovy topic idea. Or try to. Smaller events I'm especially interested in myself, especially those in Wales, which I may even be able to get to.

Mayo 29, 2010, 3:43am

I'm off to Hay this morning for a full week of fun! I can't wait!

As others have said, the Cheltenham Festival is very good, as is Bath. There's also a mini-Hay-weekend in the winter (I think usually in December).

And next month I'm trying the first annual Thame Lit Fest.

Mayo 29, 2010, 3:06pm

Enjoy! I'm headed up there for the one day this year. Have added Cheltenham and Bath and Thame (had to Google that one) to diary, though a smidge far off....will see. =)

Mayo 31, 2010, 6:11am

The South Bank Centre has a series of events in the first half of July branded the London Literature Festival, but anyone who has ever been to a genuine literature festival will know it is a pretty poor specimen. Star attraction as far as I'm concerned this summer is Bret Easton Ellis launching his new novel but there's nothing else of interest as far as I can see.

London's best festival is Jewish Book Week, which is at the end of February in the Royal National Hotel off Russell Square. Although there are events squarely aimed at the community, I'd say the likes of Lionel Shriver, Will Self and Jonathan Safran Foer, all of whom were at the 2010 festival, would have a pretty universal appeal.

The Hampstead literary festival made its debut last September with Sebastian Faulks as its star attraction, but I've no idea if it is happening again this year.

Mayo 31, 2010, 6:42pm

Oxfam's Bookfest programme will be running again nationwide in July this year - you can find details of your local events here:

Jun 1, 2010, 2:16am

For perhaps a quieter time of year and an easy to get to venue in central England check out the Birmingham Book Festival:

Now in it's eleventh year!

Jun 20, 2010, 5:06pm

Ah, if I had but more time...

Greenbelt at the end of August has its Literature section again:

A Lit. festival in the midst of a lots-of-other-things one. That sounded better in my head.

Jun 23, 2010, 4:23pm

Hello I am new here, just had to thank you for these. I'm often looking for places to attend in the UK. So glad I found you guys!

Oct 8, 2010, 4:57pm

Great idea for a thread, I will keep an eye on this one!

Oct 10, 2010, 3:51pm


...and thanks for reviving it just in time to remind everybody that this week is the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Sadly for me, my studies prevent me from attending this year.

Oct 10, 2010, 5:15pm

>18 Grammath: Obviously that was my plan all along ;)

Oct 12, 2010, 10:10am

#15 Just seen this thread. Are you a Greenbelt regular? I was there this year and saw Roger McGrath among others.

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