Every year, across the country we celebrate our love of literature at literature festivals big and small. So what better way to enjoy the English summer than by relaxing in the sun with an old favourite, or plunging into a world of reading and literature at an event near you.
Harrogate – 18 – 21 July
Every year, this award-winning Yorkshire-based festival never fails to amaze with its bounty of fascinating and memorable events – from author talks, workshops, gigs and interactive experiences. If being immersed into the thrilling and bloody world of contemporary crime fiction sounds right up your street, look no further than the Old Peculiar.
Visit their website to book and to find out more…
4 – 20 October
The programme and tickets for the festival are due to be released in August, so keep an eye out on their website for further information. If last years’ events are anything to go by though, expect talks from amazing contemporary authors, exciting workshops and days packed with amazing activities for kids and adults alike.
Join their mailing list to keep up-to-date with event releases and information about this years’ festival.
Ongoing and 4 – 20 October
Manchester Literature Festival is famous for welcoming a host of well-known names and faces, from Graham Norton to Michael Morpurgo, and this year is set to be no different, along with engaging events set to entertain kids, adults and everyone in- between. Check out their website for further details and to download the programme, as well as to see what events are happening right now!
5 – 13 October
Durham Book Festival aims to inspire, with events held in some of the city’s most iconic venues. Each year the festival welcomes back literary legends and also an assortment of new, exciting faces in contemporary literature.
Visit their website to get a taste of what the festival has to offer, and watch out for the release of this years’ programme.
Or perhaps something a little bit different…
Lancashire – 2 May – 24 June
From their work with food banks, to their innovative ticket scheme – which helps you donate tickets to those who can’t afford to purchase one themselves, WoWFest is all about shaking things up. This one-of-a-kind Northern arts festival sets out to answer the question ‘Where are we now?’ and reflect upon today’s society through literature and art. There are events happening now, right up to the end of June, so don’t miss out on this amazing experience!