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Plan your literary year with our definitive listing of literary festivals and events for 2017. Whether you prefer big name talks or family-friendly workshops, find the right event for you here.


Hearth micro-festival

4-5 February

Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Flintshire Micro-festival that features relaxed opportunities to learn from and talk to four writers. A second Hearth micro-festival will be held on 4-5 November.

Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF 01244 532350;

Winter Words Book Festival

10-19 February

Pitlochry Festival theatre, Perthshire Scotland’s literary year gets into gear with an inspiring mix of star authors, crime fction and the great outdoors, including a spectacular screening from the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Port Na Craig, Pitlochry PH16 5DR 01796 484 626

University of East Anglia Spring 2017

Literary Festival

22 Feb-3 March, UEA

Weekly talks: 22 February: Lionel Shriver; 1 March: Elif Shafak, 8 March: Louise Doughty, 16 March: George Saunders, 22 March: Michael Pennington, 26 April: Ed Balls, 3 May: Ali Smith.

University of East Anglia, University Plain, Norwich NR4 7TJ; 01603 593412

Purbeck Literary Festival

16-25 February

Venues around Purbeck Small festival celebrating classic and contemporary authors, this year featuring Andrew Lownie.

LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017: Revolutions

20-25 Feb

LSE, London WC2A 2AE

A series of free events, open to all, bringing together award-winning authors and academics to celebrate multi-disciplinary thinking. this year’s theme marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, as well as revolutions in literature, international relations, politics, religion and science with speakers including Tim Harford, Elif Shafak, Eimear McBride, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Harriet Harman, Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, Maureen Duffy and many more.

Louise Gaskell, LSE Festival Organiser, Conference and Events Office, 3RD Floor, Tower 3, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE 0207 955 6043

Jewish Book Week

25 Feb-5 March

Kings Place, Kings Cross, London Usually attracts big guests and this year includes Howard Jacobson, Deborah Levy, Elif Shafak, Maureen Lipman, Mark Lawson, Michael Rosen, Susan Green field and Hisham Matar Jewish Book Week, ORT House, 26 Albert Street, London NW1 7NE 020 7446 8771


Essex Book Festival

1-31 March

Venues across Essex Essex Book Festival, the UK’s only monthlong, county-wide book festival, celebrates the book in all its forms from fiction and non-fiction, through to poetry, theatre, storytelling and screen adaptation. this year’s writers include AL Kennedy and Sarah Perry, author of the Waterstones Book of the Year the Essex Serpent.

Essex Book Festival Box Office, Mercury theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester CO1 1PT 07913 061948

Words by the Water

3-12 March

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Ten-day literature festival, with over 100 local, national and internationally acclaimed authors in attendance, this year including Elif Shafak, John Crace, AL Kennedy and Mark Watson

Philip John, Ways With Words, Droridge

Farm, Droridge Lane, Dartington, Totnes,

Devon TQ9 6JG; 01803 867373

Aldeburgh Literary Festival

2-5 March

The Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh Expect a line-up of distinguished speakers at this festival, which has attracted some of literature’s most respected names

Aldeburgh Bookshop, 42 High Street,

Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AB 01728 452389

Lancaster Litfest

3-26 March

Venues around Lancaster The popular festival from Lancashire’s literature festival, publisher and development agency. Lancaster Visitor Information Centre,

The Storey, Meeting House Lane,

Lancaster LA1 1TH 01524 582394

Huddersfield Literature Festival 2017

4-9 March

Various venues in Huddersfield An annual literature festival taking place in venues across Huddersfield, with a diverse and accessible range of events, many of which are free or low cost.

Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director,

Huddersfield Literature Festival, c/0 29

Dartmough Avenue, Huddersfield HD5 8UP 01484 430228

Words in Walden Spring Festival

9 March-13 April

Weekly literary events on Thursday evenings at Harts Books

Harts Books, 26 King Street, Saffron Walden,

Essex CB10 1ES 01799 524552

Aye Write! Glasgow Book Festival

9-19 March

The Mitchell Library, Glasgow and various Glasgow venues Glasgow’s annual book festival, celebrating the best local, national and international writing

The Mitchell Library, North Street,

Glasgow G3 7DN 0141 287 2999

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