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LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival
Dates: 20 - 25 February 2017
The LSE Space for Thought series was created to celebrate the completion of the New Academic Building at LSE, which was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 5 November 2008. These celebrations included an inaugural lecture series, with some of the world's leading academics, and LSE's first ever Literary Festival, which has now become an annual even each February/March. Guests will include Laurie Penny, Diarmaid McCulloch, Elif Shafak, Pankaj Mishra, Eimear McBride, Luce Irigarary and Ned Boulting.


Jewish Book Week (JBW)
Dates: 25 February - 5 March 2017
Designed to appeal to all ages, faiths and ethnicities, focusing on subjects ranging from the spark that ignited all life on this planet to the inevitability of death and much that lies between. When? Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 March, 2017 Where? Kings Place, London N1 JW3, London NW3.


Chagword - Dartmoor's Literary Festival in Chagford
Dates: 17 - 19 Marcy 2017
Chagword aims to establish Chagford as a focus of literary excellence by attracting high quality speakers, nurturing and showcasing local writing talent, and providing new opportunities for local people to experience literature in direct, accessible and dynamic ways. Guests this year will include double BAFTA winner Peter Moffat, Marnie Dickens, and Hisham Matar.


Oxford Literary Festival
Dates: 25 March - 2 April 2017
Over 350 writers flock to the famous university city to discuss affairs literary, political, historical, environmental and culinary - to name just a few - for the eight-day Oxford Literary Festival, hosted by the atmospheric Christ Church College with its Tudor hall and cloisters. Visitors can also book to join guided literary walks, lunches and dinner parties with prominent authors. Since 2008, a creative writing course has also formed part of the programme.


Cardiff Children's Literature Festival
Dates: 25 March - 2 April 2017
Founded in 2013, the festival returns in April 2017 and will once again feature some big ticket events, presentations by popular children's authors and illustrators, and educational sessions for schools - all for youngsters who appreciate the magic of books, and grown-ups who want to write them. With over 50 events to choose from, book lovers from toddlers to teens will be inspired by some of the best local and national contemporary authors and illustrators in both English and Welsh.


Cambridge Literary Festival
Dates: 19 – 23 April 2017
Founded in 2003, Cambridge Literary Festival is a staple of the city’s cultural calendar. Every Spring and Winter we invite you to join us in venues in the city's historic centre to engage with the newest fiction, cutting edge commentary and science, children's events and lots more.


Birmingham Literature Festival
Dates: 21 – 23 April 2017
Birmingham Literature Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with the launch of a Spring Edition. This year, the festival will host literary events in April as well as October. Running from Friday 21-Sunday 23rd April 2017, the Spring Edition will take festival goers on bikes, canoe and foot, and into Birmingham’s hidden spaces. It will feature events for families and children as well as a variety of exciting speakers.


Stratford Literary Festival
Dates: 23 - 30 April 2017
The Stratford Literary Festival is the highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading. Celebrating its 10th year in 2017, it's a mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Alongside this is a programme of education events in Stratford and local schools involving favourite authors, poets and illustrators, entertaining and inspiring children from 2 to 18.


Colonsay Book Festival
Dates: 29 - 30 April 2017
A small but quality group of Scotttish authors gather to entertain in this lovely location. Guests will included Alexander McCall Smith, Sue Lawrence, and Christine de Luca.


The Carnival of Words
Dates: 29 April - 6 May 2017
The Carnival of Words is a festival to promote reading and writing across the Wrexham area and its communities, regardless of age or background. The focus is very much on performance and events are organised by Wrexham Library Services in conjunction with Glyndwr University, Waterstones Wrexham and groups of local volunteers. Each day and evening of the week-long festival features "headline" writers plus a full programme of pop-up events.


Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival
Date: 30 April - 2 May 2017
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event at Chiddingstone Castle, the organisers are delighted to reveal the line-up for next year’s Literary Festival, taking place during and after the May Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 30 April-Tuesday 2 May 2017.Chiddingstone Castle will welcome an impressive selection of authors covering a wide-range of topics, including Terry Waite, biographers Artemis Cooper and Adam Sisman, Radio 4 presenter Rev. Richard Coles, and many more.


Barnes Children's Literature Festival
Dates: 13 -14 May 2017
Barnes has a rich literary legacy. From Henry Fielding writing about London life in the mid-eighteenth century, to the legendary Judith Kerr, who has written and illustrated more than thirty books for children from her home in Barnes, in addition to Britain’s best loved poet Roger McGough, who has lived here for over twenty years. 2015 witnessed the area's first children's literature festival, and it's back again in 2017!


Edinburgh International Book Festival
Date: 12 – 18 August 2017
Each summer Charlotte Square Gardens in the heart of Edinburgh is transformed into a tented village for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.This three week celebration of the written word is the largest of its kind in the world. In the gardens, visitors can soak up the atmosphere, browse the bookshops, and choose from a programme of over 800 events. Many events are free to attend, including daily readings, signings, workshops and children’s activities.


Nairn Book & Arts Festival
12 - 17 September 2017
The 14th Nairn Book and Arts Festival invites writers to have their senses assaulted, minds stimulated, and spirits raised with the programmes they offer. The festival’s literary events and topics discuss real life adventure, travel, crime real and fictional, and politics. The varied visual arts programme consists of an open exhibition in Nairn. Also included are a range of workshops led by highly regarded artists.