Summer Literary Festivals

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 Summer.  I have added a few more to the list for the upcoming months.


Greenwich Book Festival

  • Date: 15-16 June 2018
  • Location: London
  • Tickets:  Various (from free to £55)

The event has various activities taking place and you can buy tickets for those you are interested in.  Some of these events are talks by authors and others and workshops or tours.  There are events for a wide variety of genres taking place through the two days.

Felixstowe Book Festival

  • Date: 27 June 2018 to 1 July 2018
  • Location: Felixstowe
  • Tickets:  Various (from free to £9)

Events range from exhibitions, speakers, workshops and children’s activities.  Events are mainly held at the local Library and Orwell Hotel, however, this year will also have events taking place across the coastal town, for example woodland walks and readings on the beach.


UEA Festival of Literature (FLY)

  • Date: 9 July 2018 to 13 July 2018
  • Location: Norwich
  • Tickets:  Free*/Fee £3.50

This event is for young people only (18 and under – hence the student price).   I had to include it because if I was young, I would go.  This event has a number of speakers, workshops and activities and as you would expect a focus on YA and children’s fiction.

My dream is to one day be invited to be a speaker but if I ever want that to happen I need to stop dreaming and get writing.


  • Date: 14 July 2018
  • Location: Buckinghamshire
  • Tickets:  Various (£19.50 to £25 – although more ticket options will be released nearer the date)

The event is set in a small village with beautiful inspirational views.  It is run by volunteers for those that enjoy reading and writing and is continuing to grow each year.  The event runs from 9:00am to 5:15pm, following a programme of events that covers everything from book signing, guest speakers, workshops and can include lunch.

Ways with words (Dartington Hall)

  • Date: 6 – 16 July
  • Location: Dartington
  • Tickets:  Various (from £6  to £350)

This festival is hosted in four different locations across the year.  This even is held at Dartington Hall to enable readers to meet the authors of the books they love.  There is a wide variety of events over the 10 days and you can either pay per event or a collection of events (1 day, 5 days or 10 days ticket).

Young Adult Literary Convention (YALC)

  • Date: 27 July 2018 to 29 July 2018
  • Location: London
  • Tickets:  Fee (£19 to £55)

This  event is in addition to the London Film and Comic Convention.  The YALC have exhibit stands where you can speak to authors, agents and publisher and buy books.  They have agent one-to-ones, workshops and speakers at the convention and lots of space to sit down and read.  The focus her is on YA Literature.

The tickets include access downstairs to the London Film and Comic Convention.  If you are a fan of Marvel, DC, Anime or anything like that you can pop downstairs to see their exhibits and stalls too.

I really want to go but I’ll be 39 weeks pregnant so I don’t plan on travelling into London and being on my legs all day (there’s a lot of walking about).


Edinborough International Book Festival 

  • Date:  11 Augutst 2018 to 27 August 2018
  • Location: Edinborough
  • Tickets:  Various (from free to unknown)

The brochure will be made available on 7 June 2018 and will detail the programme of events.  Previous years have had an impressive line up of over 1,000 authors from household names to debut rising stars, illustrators, musicians and artists attending the event.

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