The festival includes poetry working with other art forms (in particular visual arts and contemporary crafts), a year-round out-reach programme of participatory poetry activity and a biennial international visual art competition inspired by poems (The "Adrian Henri Prize").
Hay is, in Bill Clinton's words, 'the Woodstock of the mind', and this year the festival looks likely to be one the best in its 26-year history, with talks from Stephen Fry, Judi Dench and Toni Morrison. As well as being a conversation about discovery and intellectual adventure, each night the festival will become a classic party-in-a-field with music and comedy.
This year celebrating its 5th anniversary, this North London festival may be small on scale, but is certainly big on literary punch and cultural critique. The line-up this year is outstanding, including talks and debates from Irvine Welsh, Laurie Pennie, Tariq Ali and Owen Jones.
Devised in 2010 by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Children's Book Festival runs once every two years and includes events at many of Manchester's major cultural venues (theatres, museums, galleries, libraries), and in local and regional school and community settings. Philip Pullman, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson have all taken part in previous years.
Covering every aspect of crime fiction, and welcoming authors you know and love as well as authors you don't but certainly will. This is a festival for any fan of the genre of crime fiction.
This super-cool boutique festival has an all round arty line up that extends far beyond literature to include music, food and fashion. This year's festival is hosted by online nature, music and culture magazine 'Caught By The River', who are bringing their “antidote to indifference” to the beautiful Cornish countryside.
The largest public celebration of the written word brings together over 800 writers and thinkers for entertainment, discussion and pure inspiration. Its concurrence with the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe mean that the city is always a party during all of August.
Nine days of events throughout the city celebrating the writer. Over 80 events, including workshops on clothing and etiquette, minibus tours of the city and locale, concerts and theatricals. The Festival holds the record for 'The largest gathering of people dressed in Regency Costume at 409'.
The event is now firmly established in London's literary calendar and strong links have been built with publishers, authors, the media, and most importantly, the local community.
The largest dedicated children's book festival in the UK, presenting over 80 public, ticketed events and an extensive programme of events in schools. The ethos of the festival is simple: to entertain children, and to enthuse them about reading, creating a friendly, family atmosphere for young book. Events regularly feature much humour and book readings, as well as craft activities, quizzes and games.
Sponsored by the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, the festival brings together writers, politicians and television personalities for talks, interviews and readings.
J.B. Priestly once said, when he wrote in support of the very first Festival: "Ilkley is the right size for a festival town... large enough to provide various amenities and small enough to stroll around and run into everybody".
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