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5 Literary Festivals Perfect for Early Summer


Summer is coming. The sun will shine and the days will be warm. Why not escape from big cities and enjoy the countryside or the seaside? There is fresh air there, nice and relaxed people are waiting for you and, above all, amazing literary festivals.


This is a list of five literary festivals which you can find in rural towns or in little villages on the coast.

1) The Althorp Literary Festival

Set to with a backdrop of a stunning historical house, Althorp is a little on the pricey side but makes up for it with its A-list line-up. Boasting the likes of Brain Blessed, Sir Jonathan Bate and Bill Bryson (though unfortunately the latter is sold out) this festival promises to bring equal measures of laughs and academia. This would be the perfect festival to kick off a highbrow summer with its historical links to literature dating back to the 1800s when the 2nd Earl Spencer of Althorp amassed one of the largest private collections in Europe.

When: 30th June-3rd July 2016

Where: Althorp, Northamptonshire

Prices: Single Session £17.55 / Day Ticket £49.50

Info:  http://spencerofalthorp.com/the-althorp-literary-festival/


2) Latitude Festival

In the county of Suffolk, near the sea, there is a park called Henham Park. Each year the quiet park is taken over for the Latitude festival, a massive music and arts festival that also hosts a literary tent. Poets, rappers, storytellers and others will entertain literary lovers, while famous, incredible bands are playing on the main music stage. A must for all culture lovers.

When: 14th – 17th July 2016

Where: Henham Park, Henham, Southwold, Suffolk, NR34 8AQ

Prices: please, visit http://www.latitudefestival.com/tickets

Info: http://www.latitudefestival.com


3) Ways With Words

Started in 1991, Ways With Words, one of Britain’s most prestigious festivals, will celebrate their Jubilee Year, the 25th year in the West Yorkshire town of Dartington. Ten days in which notable speakers and knowledgeable audiences rally together to talk about reading and writing, and share ideas.


When: 8th – 18th July 2016

Where: Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6ED

Price: from £10; please, visit http://www.wayswithwords.co.uk/festivals/ways-with-words-festival-of-words-and-ideas-at-dartington-hall-24/events

Info: http://www.wayswithwords.co.uk

4) Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival~

Over 80 authors will meet in the little town of Harrogate, during the four days of Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. Peter James and Diamond Dagger, both awarded the Crime Writers’ Association’s highest honour, are the organizers of this incredible and unmissable event, dedicated to all crime novel lovers.

Jeffery Deaver, Martina Cole, Neil Cross, Linwood Barclay, Tess Gerritsen, Val McDermid and Gerald Seymour are just few of the hosts who will speak about their thrilling books and this exciting genre.


When: 21st – 24th July 2016

Where: Old Swan Hotel, Swan Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2SR

Prices: please, visit http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/topcwf2016

Info: http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com


5) Port Eliot Festival

In the enchanting Cornwall, close to the coast, St. Germans is a lovely town near Plymouth where Port Eliot Festival (previously known as the Port Eliot Lit Festival) gathers writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians from all around the Britain. The organizers claim that this event is “One of Great Britain's most original, magical, bohemian, bookish, colourful, musical and comic festivals”.

Dipped in an amazing park, you can be distracted by the surroundings. There is a real danger that you forget books for a while...


When: 28th – 31st July 2016

Where: Port Eliot, St Germans, Cornwall, PL12 5ND

Prices: please, visit https://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/buy_tickets_old/events/?id=10038674&wlid=6754;3

Info: http://porteliotfestival.com

Written by Alessandro Volpino

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