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Literary Festivals in February 2016

At last the year gets going with literary festivals around the UK.  


Jewish Book Week (JBW), run by the Jewish Book Council, is an annual international cultural non-profit festival held in central London, hosting thousands of people from all London communities and beyond. Over 75 events (for all ages, faiths and ethnicities) are held over nine days, including discussions on contemporary culture and debates on controversial issues, talks that the site says are “from the spark that ignited all life on this planet to the inevitability of death and much that lies between.” 

Events are held in association with many partners in the media, publishing and charity worlds. Festival participants also speak in some London schools and in other British cities all around the United Kingdom. Unique one-off events are presented outside the festival.

Mon 8 – Mon 29 February
Website: www.literaryfestivals.co.uk
Location:Mainly at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG


The Purbeck Literary Festivalof 2016 is returning for a 3rd year. The onetook place in 2014. There will be creative workshops, poetry performances, art exhibitions and events featuring the works of Enid Blyton, T.E. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, Percy F. Westerman and contemporary authors many of whom lived in or were inspired by Purbeck and Dorset.

Website: www.purbeckliteraryfestival.info
Locations:various places across the districtof Purbeck, Dorset

Sun 14 – Sun 27 February


The LSE Literary Festival - Space for Thought was created to celebrate the completion of the New Academic Building at LSE, which was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 5th November 2008. LSE now sets an annual event each February or March.

LSE`s 8th edition, inspired by the anniversary of Thomas Moore's Utopia, explores the power of dreams and the imagination. Stimulating debates about the importance of idealism, dissidence, escapism and nostalgia, the festival try to find the benefits of looking at the world in different ways and points of view.

All events are free and take place on the LSE Campus in London. Booking is required.
Mon 22 Feb – Sat 27 Feb
Website: www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/spaceForThought/LiteraryFestival2016/Home.aspx


Started in 1995, the Bath Literature Festivalis ten days of literary events, about writing in all its forms. It will be presented a mix of local, national and international writers. The festival is quickly gaining a reputation and represents the best local, national and international writers to a growing audience.

Website: www.bathfestivals.org.uk/literature


North Herts Book Festival is a cycle of events, storytelling and readings, with a large second-hand book sector. In the opening, there will be an Offley Morris performance ('Cotswold' Morris dance). The North Herts Book Festival is sponsored by the North Hertfordshire District Council and a variety of other partners.

Website: www.literaryfestivals.co.uk/northherts.html
Locations: various locations around North Herts.

Written by Alessandro Volpino 

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