Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post listing literary festivals taking place in the UK throughout the UK that have caught my eye.  To read the full list, please click here.

This post is to remind you of those taking place this Autumn.


The Festival of Writing

  • Date: 7 – 9 September
  • Location: York
  • Tickets:  Various

You can attend individual days or the whole weekend. The event has been running for twelve years at the university and includes workshops, one-to-ones and helping writers getting an agent or with publishing independently.

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

  • Date:  13-16 September
  • Location: Norwich
  • Tickets:  Various

This event is run by Norwich Writers’ Centre and I think this is its fifth year. You pay for the events you wish to attend (some are free) which range from author talks to workshops.

Wigtown Book Festival

  • Date: 21 – 30 September
  • Location: Wigtown
  • Tickets:  TBC

This year, they are celebrating their 20th anniversary as Scotland’s National Book Town.

There are hundreds of events and you by tickets for those you wish to attend. There are free events for children and if books aren’t your thing you will find other arts featuring at the event such as music, film and theatre.

Children’s Bath Literature Festival

  • Date:  TBC (last year it was 29 Sept to 8 Oct)
  • Location: Bath
  • Tickets:  TBC

At the time of writing this years date and prices were yet to be confirmed. I included it because last years line up was full of house hold names (like Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, Miranda Hart, etc).  I’m sure this year will be just as promising – this is one to watch!


Cheltenham Literature Festival

  • Date:  5 – 14 October 2018
  • Location: Cheltenham
  • Tickets:  TBC (Advanced booking for members)

The information for the site is currently about last years event which was aimed at families and young adult.  I recognised a lot of the names and books in attendance and the event is supported by The Times and The Sunday Times.  I expect it will be very promising again this year.

Manchester Literature Festival

  • Date: 6 – 21 October 2018
  • Location: Manchester
  • Tickets: Various

Once called Manchester Poetry Festival, this event has grown year upon year. It now hosts a wider range of events. The main events take place in October but there are literary events outside of this window. You pay for the events you wish to attend.

Liverpool Literary Festival

  • Date: 19 – 21 October
  • Location: Liverpool
  • Tickets:  Various

Held by Liverpool University is a weekend of literary events in this cultural city full of history. It is a varied programme with some big name in attendance and you buy tickets to the events you wish to attend.


Ways With Words (Southwold Festival)

  • Date: 8 – 12 November
  • Location: Southwold
  • Tickets:  £30 to £50 (day ticket)

Literary events are planned over the weekend and you can by a day ticket to attend all of them that day. It’s a small event but with good variety. Plus, Southwold is a beautiful seaside town to visit.

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