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Festival guide 2016

Plan your literary year with our definitive listing of literary festivals and events for 2016. Whether you prefer big name talks or family-friendly workshops, find the right event for you here.

Essex Book Festival

1-31 March 2016

35 venues across Essex

Writers, poets, film-makers, artists, politicians and thespians, Essex Book Festival is a celebration of the book in all its forms

Essex Book Festival is the only month-long, countywide festival of its kind in the UK. As such, it reaches the places other like minded festivals can’t reach. With stellar Essex artist and icon Grayson Perry opening the Festival in his hometown, Chelmsford, this year’s programme promises an explosion of literary talent. That includes literary luminaries Louis De Bernieres and Helen Dunmore, historians AN Wilson and David Starkey, while also dipping into the world of theatre with thespian Simon Callow. The fabulous Park Inn Palace Hotel in Southend will be stepping back in time to celebrate The Golden Age of Crime, as Colchester explores what it means to have a home - or not - via a series of events at first site gallery. Writing workshops, ceilidhs, storytelling, lm screenings, art installations, tea parties, and lectures, Essex Book Festival really does have that something for everyone. Spread the word - or words - and come along.


Contact: Ros Green,

Essex Book Festival, Centre for Creative Writing, University of Essex, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ Tel: 07913 061948


Dylan Thomas Centre

Year-round literature programme and annual Dylan Thomas Festival from 27 October to 9 November

Dylan Thomas Centre

Jo Furber, Somerset Place, Swansea SA1 1RR 01792 463980

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Year-round events at the five Shakespeare houses in Stratford-upon-Avon

13-15 January: Winter School themed around 2016’s 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW

01789 204016

The Wordsworth Trust

Ongoing events in Grasmere

Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Trust Museum, and the Jerwood Centre

Events include: Discovering Paradise Lost: Its Pleasures for Us Now (13 Jan and 3 Feb); The Romantic Pastoral (2 Feb); Wordsworth, Portraiture and Romantic Icons (9 Feb); Reimagining Wordsworth (9 Feb); Wordsworthian Childhood (27 Feb); Necessities of Life (19 Mar)

The Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9SH

015394 35544

University of East Anglia Spring 2016 Literary Festival

Weekly events, February-April

University of East Anglia, University Plain, Norwich NR4 7TJ; 01603 592286

Purbeck Literary Festival

14-27 February, Purbeck

Small festival celebrating classic and contemporary authors, with Jill Mansell as this year’s headline author

Hearth micro-festival

6-7 February

Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Flintshire Micro-festival; workshops with Gulwali Passerlay, Rebecca Farmer, Natasha Pulley, Dan Richards Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF, 01244 532350

Winter Words Book Festival

12-20 February

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Perthshire An inspiring mix of star authors, historical fiction and the great outdoors, including a screening from Banff Mountain Film Festival Port Na Craig, Pitlochry PH16 5DR 01796 484 626



Jewish Book Week

20-28 February, Kings Place, London N1 Usually attracts big guests; last year included Alain de Botton, Andrew Sachs, Robert Harris and Julie Burchill.

Pam Lewis, Administrator, ORT House, 26 Albert Street, London NW1 7NE

020 7446 8771;

LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival

22-27 February, LSE, London WC2A 2AE The theme for the 2016 festivial is ‘utopias’ Louise Gaskell, LSE Festival Organiser, Conference and Events Office, 3rd Floor, Tower 3, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE 0207 955 6043; Thought/ LiteraryFestival2016/Home.aspx

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