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Five Literary Festivals for April

Like most book lovers, I am prone to the occasional literary festival to meet others like myself with a passion for reading and writing. So I’ve assembled five of the best UK festivals coming up in April 2016 for you to discover! This is also a chance for you to see performances by, and often meet and talk with your favourite authors. 

Cambridge Wordfest, Cambridge

 From 5th-14th April, Cambridge Wordfest is an unmissable event for both readers and writers. With intriguing speeches from the likes of Ben Miller, Meg Rosoff, Holly Smale, Alexei Sayle, Lee Child and many more. There is also an entire timetable of events for younger readers to enjoy.


For more information please visit: http://www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com/ 

Chipping Norton Literary Festival, West Oxfordshire

From 21st-24th April, west Oxfordshire will again be holding its wonderful literary festival. One can expect competitions with prizes to be won, educational classes and noteworthy events from bestselling authors such as SF Said. This is another festival that includes many activities for the younger generation so why not bring along the kids? 

For more information please visit: http://www.chiplitfest.com/ 

Wenlock Poetry Festival, Shropshire

From 22nd-24th April, this lovely festival will be bringing the audience the best of the best in the poetry sphere. From instructive workshops to emotional poetry readings, this is the place to be for all aspiring poets. Enjoy a poetry breakfast with the Candlestick Press or maybe a session on the open mic with William Brookes and Matt Windle. 

For more information please visit: http://www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org/ 

Stratford Upon-Avon Literary Festival, Stratford Upon-Avon

From 24th April- 1st May, Stratford Upon-Avon will be hosting one of England’s best literary festivals. From master classes in self-publishing to speeches from the likes of Mary Portas (queen of shops) and Howard Jacobson (Booker Prize winning author). There will even be many interactive events for youngsters including the theatrical realisation of the Gruffalo by none other than Julia Donaldson herself. 

For more information please visit: http://www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk/ 

Colonsay Book Festival, Colonsay, Scotland

Colonsay Book Festival and gives a chance for people in Scotland, outside the main cities, to enjoy a festival on this beautiful island. It’s only small but has been running since 2011, includes a literary quiz, discussions with the authors and an event with James Naughtie on Sunday evening.

For more information please visit: http://www.colonsaybookfestival.org.uk/festival/ 

More festival dates will be appearing in the coming months so don’t forget to check back here for new events! 

Written by Lauren Noding


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