Arts Marketing Association

 

 

 

The AMA is the professional development organisation working with arts professionals

who are passionate about bringing arts and audiences together. The AMA aims to

give them the skills and knowledge to achieve their goals, grow their confidence and

succeed in their careers.

 

 

 
 

Artswords

 

Website for literature development in Swindon

 

 

 

 
 

Blue Nose Poets

 

 

A national poetry organisation, based in London UK, which provides workshops,

cross-artform events, residential courses, platforms for new writing, correspondence

workshops, poetry competitions and services to schools.

 

 

 
 

Book Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An independent national charity that encourages people of all ages and cultures to

discover and enjoy reading.

The reader is at the heart of everything they do. Including: Bookstart, a national

programme that works through locally-based organisations to give a free pack of

books to babies, together with guidance materials for parents and carers; Writing

Together , which aims to ensure that, during their life at school, every child

encounters opportunities to work with professional writers who inspire them creatively;

Children's books: a website to find recommended books for ages 0 to 16, plus

interviews with authors, features, articles and free resources for teachers.

 

 

 
 

Literature Works

 

 

The literature development agency for the South West whose role is to work with

partners to raise funds to ensure that everyone in the South West can have access

to the benefits of reading, writing and enjoying literature.

 

 

 
 

Dead Good Poets Society

 

 

 

 

Based in Liverpool and existing to promote poetry through performance and to

encourage the development of new poets and audiences.

Their aims are: to maintain and develop a strong poetry base in Liverpool and

Merseyside; to make the poetry scene accessible to a wider range of people; to

build up poetry performance as a vibrant and powerful art form.

 

 

 
 

Disability Writes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actively supporting and encouraging disabled writers, whatever their previous writing

experience.

Their aim is that disabled people can, through using thier site, learn and develop

creative writing skills in their own time and at their own pace. They promote the work

of disabled writers to a wide audience of disabled and non-disabled people through

the website and printed publications.

 

 

 
 

Diversity in Publishing Network

 

 

DIPNet has been established to promote the status and contribution of social groups

traditionally underrepresented within all areas of publishing, as well as support those

seeking to enter the industry.

 

 

 
 

Lapidus

 

 

 

The UK organisation for creative writing and reading for health and wellbeing.

Lapidus journal offers diverse articles exploring areas of writing for wellbeing, from

writers reflecting on their own process, to practitioners and researchers involving

writing in their work with others.

 

 

 
 

 New Black Arts Alliance

 

 

 

 

Working across art forms to create productions that challenge perceptions of Black

culture and that celebrate the many dimensions of Black heritages. Employing the arts

as a learning vehicle to assist disadvantaged and disenfranchised individuals particularly

where they run the risk of civil law infringement. Using the wide ranging creative skills

and social experiences of the company.

 

 

 
     
 

New Writing North

 

 

A development agency for creative writing and creative reading based in the North

East of England.Specialising in the development of talent and acting as a dynamic

broker between writers, agents and producers across the creative industries.

 

 

 
 

New Writing South

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working with all kinds of creative writers and new writing in the south east region:

authors, playwrights, poets, screen writers, radio writers, journalists and more.

Offering writers’ development, encouragement, resources and opportunities to make

new contacts. They also programme numerous events that aim to enhance skills,

stretch creativity and broker partnerships with those who produce and publish work.

Membership is open to everyone involved in creative writing in the south.

 

 

 
 

Poetry Kit

 

A comprehensive online resource for poetry from around the world.

Including: competitions, listings, Events, magazines and news

 

 

 
 

The Friends of Coleridge

 

 

The Friends of Coleridge aims to foster interest in the life and works of the poet

Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his circle, and to support Coleridge Cottage in Nether

Stowey, Somerset, through co-operation with the National Trust.

 

 

 
 

The Poetry Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

A membership-based and Arts Council England-funded registered charity, whose stated

aims are to promote the study, use and enjoyment of poetry. Many professional poets

are members of the Society, although not all.

Membership is open to anyone. Many of the thousands of members around the world

are teachers, librarians, booksellers, journalists - a wide range, in fact, of readers,

writers and lovers of poetry.

 

 

 
 

Writers Net

 

 

 

WritersNet's discussion forums bring writers and publishing professionals from around

the world together to share writing experiences. Join others discussing and exchanging

ideas about the writing life and the business of writing. Share your expertise and

experience or benefit from the expertise and experience of others.

   

 

   

 

Quick link to National Festival listing here

 

South West Festivals

 

Bath Lit Fest logo

 

 

 

BATH LITERATURE FESTIVAL (February)

The Bath Literature Festival programmes over 100 different literary events from debates and lectures

to readers' groups, workshops and films in venues throughout the city. In addition there are a number

of events for children and young people.

www.bathlitfest.org.uk
 

 

 

 
  Daphne Dumarier Festival logo

DAPHNE DU MAURIER FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND LITERATURE Fowey, Cornwall (May)

A festival to celebrate the life and works of Daphne du Maurier featuring writers, entertainers and

celebrities of national and international renown in Fowey Cornwall.

www.dumaurierfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
  Saliabury Arts Festival logo

SALISBURY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL (May)

the Festival invites artists from around the world to perform over seventeen days & nights in Salisbury

and the surrounding area. It contains a light literary component.

www.salisburyfestival.co.uk
 

 

 

  St Ives Festival Arts Club

ST. IVES LITERATURE FESTIVAL (May)

A host of events each day during the eight days of the festival - readings, talks, walks, workshops

and performance. Each day will start with open readings.

www.stiveslitfest.co.uk

 

 

 

 
  Poetry&Words Glastonbury logo

POETRY&WORDS AT GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL (June)

Spoken word and performance poetry from National and International poets as part of the UK's

biggest performance arts and music festival.

www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

 

 

 

 
     
  Dartington Ways With Words photo

DARTINGTON HALL FESTIVAL - WAYS WITH WORDS (July)

The Ways with Words Festival - set in the medieval courtyard at Dartington Hall, Devon, this large

literature festival has around 200 speakers.

www.wayswithwords.co.uk

 

 

 

 
     
  Port Elliot Lit Fest logo

PORT ELIOT LIT FEST (July)

Featuring an eclectic mix of writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians. this is one of GBs most original,

magical, bohemian, bookish, colourful, musical and comic festivals.

www.porteliotfestival.com

 

 

 

 
     
  Appledore Book Festival logo

APPLEDORE BOOK FESTIVAL (Sept)

The Appledore Book Festival takes place over nine days in the fishing village of Appledore North

Devon. The festival remit to spread a love of reading and learning with innovative events and raise

money for the Appledore Library and reading projects for disadvantaged children.

www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 
  Bath Festival of Children's Literature logo

THE BATH FESTIVAL OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE (Sept)

The Bath Festival of Children’s Literature is a 10-day celebration of children’s books and reading,

and will feature some of the biggest and most creative names from the world of children’s publishing.

www.bathkidslitfest.co.uk

 

 

 

 
  Poetry Can logo

BRISTOL POETRY FESTIVAL (Sept)

Poetic readings and performances selected to showcase and celebrate the diversity of poetry in all

it's forms. Discover the power of poetry to transform.

www.poetrycan.co.uk

 

 

 

 
  BudSaltLogoweb

BUDLEIGH SALTERTON FESTIVAL (Sept)

Budleigh Lit Fest is set beside the sea with Hilary Mantel as its president and five days of top level authors both fiction and non-fiction, workshops and events for children and free events for schools.

www.budlitfest.org.uk

 

 

 

 
     
  Bournemouth Literary Festival logo

BOURNEMOUTH FESTIVAL Of WORDS (Oct)

Bournemouth Festival of Words celebrates the written and spoken word in South East Dorset.

Theirr small team has a big vision: to invite everyone who loves words to take part in an annual

non-commercial literary festival.

www.bournemouthfestivalofwords.co.uk

 

 

 

 
     
  Cheltenham Lit Fest

THE TIMES CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE (Oct)

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is a celebration of award-winning writers, world-renowned

thinkers and international star names – with more than 450 events over the ten day Festival.

At its heart the Festival rejoices in the joy of books, the thrill of debate and the unique interaction

between writer and reader.

www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

 

 

 

 
  Exeter Poetry Festival

 EXETER POETRY FESTIVAL (Oct)

A four day celebration of poetry in Exeter, Devon featuring poetry writing workshops, poetry

readings, spoken word, a poetry bookshop and much more.

www.exeterpoetryfestival.com

 

 

 

 
  Mere Lit Fest logo

MERE LITERARY FESTIVAL (Oct)

A small literary festival that includes events, talks, workshops and a short story competition.

www.merelitfest.co.uk

 

 

 

 
  Poole Literary Festival

POOLE LITERARY FESTIVAL (Oct)

A chance to meet leading authors, attend discussions, storytelling events, literary walks, workshops,

poetry and much more in the historic Dorset seaside town. Events for adults, children and families.

www.poolelitfest.com

 

 

 

 
     
  Torbay Poetry Festival logo

TORBAY POETRY FESTIVAL (Oct)

A long weekend devoted to poetry through readings, workshops, and various imaginative events.

Usually 20 - 25 events, many free, combining local and national poets.

www.torbaypoetryfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
     
  Wells Festival of Books

WELLS FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE (Oct)

With lectures, readings, children's events, poetry workshops and international poetry and short story

competitions.

www.wlitf.co.uk

 

 

 

 
     
 
   

WONDERFULWORDS - CORNWALL LIBRARY BOOK FESTIVAL (Oct)

The countywide festival comprises of children's literary events during September, a week long Poetry

Festival in early October along with a month of adult literary events throughout October.

www.cornwall.gov.uk

 
     
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National Festivals (Chronologically)

 
 

Jan      Feb       Mar      Apr      May      Jun      Jul     Aug      Sep      Oct      Nov      Dec

 
  February  
 

 

 
  BATH LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Over 100 different literary events from debates and lectures to readers' groups, workshops and films in venues throughout

the city. Including a number of events for children and young people.

www.bathlitfest.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

CAOMHNU LITERARY FESTIVAL     N Ireland.

Caomhnú Literary Festival brings together the very best literary talent in the country for an interesting mixture of readings,

workshops, performances and surprises

www.cavancoco.ie

 

 

 

 
 

JEWISH BOOK WEEK       Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1

Jewish Book Week has contributors from around the globe. With over 50 sessions in London and 30 nationwide on contemporary

issues which radically affect our sense of ourselves as individuals and members of diverse communities.

www.jewishbookweek.com

 

 

 

 
 

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (LSE) LITERARY WEEKEND

The LSE 'Space for Thought Literary Weekend' forms part of the celebrations surrounding the completion of a New Academic

Building at LSE showcasing a series of events exploring the interaction between the arts and social sciences.

www.lse.ac.uk/spaceforthought

 

 

 

 
  NORTH HERTS BOOK FESTIVAL

A rolling series of book events, readings, theatre, storytelling, a bit of local history, second-hand book bonanza, and performances.

www.north-herts.gov.uk/bookfair_final_version_4_3_08.pdf

 

 

 

 
 

WORD MARKET WRITERS' AND READERS' FESTIVAL

Designed for all levels of ability from the complete beginner to the seasoned professional, local writing and reading groups host

a programme of readings, workshops, training, performances and special events. The Festival is a celebration of the work

undertaken by Word Market and its member groups throughout the year, to inspire as many people as possible to put pen to

paper, pick up a book, or sit back and listen to some of the best new writing around.

www.wordmarket.org.uk

 

 

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March

 
  AYE WRITE! GLASGOW'S BOOK FESTIVAL    Mitchell Library and Theatre

Aye Write! celebrates the rich variety of Glaswegian writing and also brings the best of Scottish and international writers to the city.

The programme includes a mix of fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose, screenwriting and graphic novels along with sessions

on illustration and storytelling.

www.ayewrite.com

 

 

 

 
 

BRIGHTON CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL

Aimed at young people and adults, the Brighton Children's Book Festival celebrates the way children's books leap from the page

into film, theatre, radio, TV, digital media and much more.

www.writewords.org.uk/news/1028.asp

 

 

 

 
 

ESSEX BOOK FESTIVAL

A month long festival bringing readers and writers together throughout the county, with many events in libraries.

The festival showcases new writers as well as bringing a range of established writers to Essex.

www.essexbookfestival.org.uk

 

 

 

 
  FORGE AT GORT LITERATURE FESTIVAL

The Forge at Gort Literature Festival is organised by the Western Writers’ Centre.

Author readings and workshops take place in venues throughout the town of Gort over a two day period in March.

The festival is themed around Yeats' symbolic use of the old Gort forge in his poetry: the forge is still there in the main street

of the town.

www.twwc.ie

 

 

 

 
 

HUDDERSFIELD LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Since its inception in 2006, the aim of the Huddersfield Literature Festival has been to provide innovative and distinct events to

support and showcase new, emerging and established writers/artists, offering a platform to promote new work as well as the

opportunity to attend intensive writing workshops and masterclasses.

www.litfest.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

KING'S LYNN FICTION FESTIVAL

A fiction festival featuring readings and talks.

www.lynnlitfests.com

 

 

 

 
 

KING'S SUTTON LITERARY FESTIVAL

A literary festival featuring readings and talks.

http://kslitfest.co.uk

 

 

 

 

THE LONDON WORD FESTIVAL

London Word Festival explores words in all forms, from the spoken and sung to the scribbled and scrawled.

From Blogs to comic books; from poetic lyricism to lyric poetry; from pop culture to the plain cult.

The Festival will generate new work, with specially commissioned performance pieces, and artist-led collaborations.

www.londonwordfestival.com

 

 

 

 

OUNDLE FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE

Featuring a programme of author events, poetry, philosophy, politics, story telling, biography, illustrators and novelists for young

and old.

www.oundlelitfest.org.uk

 

 

 

 

SAFFRON WALDEN LITERARY FESTIVAL

A literary festival organised by Harts Events bringing to life the best (and worst) of Britain.

www.hartsevents.co.uk

 

 

 

 

STANZA: SCOTLAND'S POETRY FESTIVAL       St Andrews

An opportunity to engage with a wide variety of poetry, to hear world class poets reading in exciting and atmospheric venues,

to experience a range of performances where music, film, dance and poetry work in harmony, to view exhibitions linking poetry

with visual art and to discover the part poetry has played in the lives of a diverse range of writers, musicians and media

personalities.

www.stanzapoetry.org

 

 

 

  THE SUNDAY TIMES OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL

The Festival reflects the great literary traditions of The University of Oxford, and its historic Colleges, as well as the contemporary

reputation of its Departments and Institutes in every field of scholarship, research and enquiry.Novelists, biographers, historians,

poets, critics, politicians, soldiers, public servants, scientists, and medics will be joined by artists, philosophers, theologians,

architects, engineers, botanists, environmentalists and children's writers.

www.sundaytimes-oxfordliteraryfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

WINDSOR FESTIVAL

A mix of classical music, walks and literary events.

www.windsorfestival.com/index.shtml

 

 

 

 
 

WORDS BY THE WATER       Cumbria

Literature festival organised by Ways With Words. For ten days writers and readers get together to share the pleasure of books,

words and ideas.

www.wayswithwords.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

YORK LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Celebrating the written and spoken word in one of the UK's most beautiful cities. Over 50 events throughout York, including

theatre, storytelling, workshops, author signings and much more.

www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk

 

 

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April

 
     
  CAMBRIDGE WORD FEST

An annual literature festival held in the spring in Cambridge and surrounding area aiming to provide a richly packed weekend of

some of the best in contemporary fiction, political debate, workshops and events for children. It is a festival for writers as well

as readers.

www.cambridgewordfest.co.uk

 

   
 

CUIRT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE

Features an eclectic and exciting range of Irish and international writers.

www.galwayartscentre.ie

 

 
 

EYPE AUTUMN 2010 ‘BOOK ‘N AUTHOR’ WEEKS LITERARY FESTIVAL

The first of two annual Spring and Autumn intimate and informal Literary Festivals with a cornucopia of top national and local

writers presenting their current titles with active audience participation, book sales and signing sessions.

www.eypechurcharts.co.uk

 

     
 

HEXHAM BOOK FESTIVAL

A weekend celebration of all that's exciting and new in books. A mix of fiction and non-fiction.

www.hexhambookfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
  KINGSTON READERS' FESTIVAL

A range of events including philosophy, poetry, health and well-being, crime, history and politics, science, food, wine and gardening.

Family Learning days, and a schools, museum and library programme.

www.kingston.ac.uk

 

     
  THE LAUGHARNE WEEKEND

A weekend music and literary gathering in the small West Wales town of Laugharne, one that has proved popular with both

performers and crowds.

www.thelaugharneweekend.com

 

     
  LEIGH & WIGAN WORDS TOGETHER LITERARY FESTIVAL

An annual literary festival consisting of a fortnight of literary and associated events, a rich mix of fiction and non-fiction, poetry

and prose with workshops, poetry slams, music and storytelling there is something for every age and taste.

www.heckforddigital.co.uk

 

     
 

SCARBOROUGH LITERATURE FESTIVAL

A chance to meet your favourite authors at Scarborough Literature Festival. There is something for everyone!

www.scarboroughliteraturefestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON-POETRY-FESTIVAL

Sponsored by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. It comprises a mixture of established contemporary poets reading their own

work, and well-known actors, mainly from the Royal Shakespeare Company, reading verse on different themes or concentrating

on past poets.

www.shakespeare.org.uk

 

 

   
  STROKESTOWN INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

Aiming to provide a forum for excellence in poetry, of different types and in both English and Irish, and to create new audiences

for poetry.

www.strokestownpoetry.org

 

     
 

TEXT FESTIVAL (BIENNIAL) Bury

An international festival of contemporary poetry and text art that will consist of exhibitions, public art commissions, performances

and workshops. The festival continues for 12 weeks.

www.textfestival.com

 

 

 

 
 

TY NEWYDD FESTIVAL (BIENNIAL)


A biennial, trilingual festival in the North Wales countryside.

www.tynewydd.org

 

 

 

 
 

UEA INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL     University of East Anglia


A year-long series of readings and discussions by literary figures.

www.uea.ac.uk/litfest

 

 

   
 

WORDS LIVE: HARROW LITERATURE FESTIVAL

A festival that includes performance, talks, workshops, book readings, exhibitions, music, poetry and storytelling.

www.harrowarts.com

 

 

 

 
  WORDSWORTH TRUST - POETRY SEASON

Various readings held at St Martin's Students Union Bar, Ambleside.

www.wordsworth.org.uk

 

 

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May

 
   
     
 

THE ASIA HOUSE FESTIVAL OF ASIAN LITERATURE            Marlybone, London


The only Festival in the UK dedicated to writing about Asia, The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature celebrates the newest

and best of writing across Asia from the Persian Gulf to the Pacific in a series of talks, debates and discussions.

www.festivalofasianliterature.com

 

 

 

 

BRIGHTON FESTIVAL

Brighton Festival is a contemporary celebration of British and international performing arts, bringing and commissioning events

to and for Brighton, many that cannot be seen elsewhere in the UK and reflecting the thriving creativity of its own artistic

community.

www.brightonfestival.org

 

 

 

  BRISTOL SPRING POETRY FESTIVAL

Poetic readings and performances selected to showcase and celebrate the diversity of poetry in all it's forms.

Discover the power of poetry to transform.

www.poetrycan.co.uk

 

     
 

BURY ST. EDMUNDS FESTIVAL

A general arts festival with over two week's of arts including music, theater, comedy and poetry.

www.buryfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

CAMBRIDGE STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

Showcasing the best in the oral tradition, including Young Storyteller of the Year award, and many workshops, open tellings

and networking events.

www.cambridgestorytellers.com

 

 

 

 
  CHALFONT ST GILES AND JORDANS LITERARY FESTIVAL (BIENNIAL)

A themed festival which includes guest authors talking about their own books, creative writing workshops, story telling and

recitations designed to appeal to all ages.

www.chalfontstgilesliteraryfestival.org.uk

 

 

CHARLESTON LITERARY FESTIVAL

This annual festival never fails to bring international writers and thinkers to the Sussex countryside.

www.charleston.org.uk

 

 

 

 

COUNTRYBOOKSHOP PEAK FESTIVAL             Peak District National Park

Includes talks by authors and literary figures.

www.countrybookshop.co.uk

 

 

 

 
  DAPHNE DU MAURIER FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND LITERATURE           Fowey, Cornwall

A festival to celebrate the life and works of Daphne du Maurier featuring writers, entertainers and celebrities of national and

international renown.

www.dumaurierfestival.co.uk

 

 

DORCHESTER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND ARTS (BIENNIAL)

An arts fesival that includes a literature programme.

www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

DULWICH FESTIVAL

A community arts festival that features literary talks and readings, poetry, historical/architectural/wildlife walks, theatre, music,

art and family entertainment.

www.dulwichfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY ARTS FESTIVAL

A regional general arts festival involving music, visual arts, drama, film, dance, children's events and literature.

www.dgartsfestival.org.uk

 

 

 

   
 

THE GUARDIAN HAY FESTIVAL

One of the largest literary festivals in the UK. Past programme events and performances crossed literature with cabaret, cinema,

circus, comedy, environment, film, music, politics, science, screenwriting and visual arts. Children's Festival Hay Fever runs

alongside the Guardian Hay Festival every year.

www.hayfestival.com

 

 

 

 
 

KEMPSFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL

www.kempsfordliteraryfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

LINCOLN BOOK FESTIVAL

The Lincoln Book Festival aims to celebrate books but also includes some other art forms that books initiate and inspire - comedy,

film, performance and conversation. The festival aims to celebrate local, national and international writers and artists, historical

and contemporary works of art as well as offering the public a chance to see both emerging and well-known writers and artists.

www.lincolnbookfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
  LISTOWEL WRITER'S WEEK       Co Kerry, Ireland

The festival attracts acclaimed authors, poets, journalists, artists, singers and storytellers. There are also treats in store for

children with award-winning writers, children’s workshops, fun with music and stories. Readings, interviews, workshops, drama,

music, poetry slams and exhibitions.

www.writersweek.ie

 

     
 

PERTH FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

Mainly a music festival with a small literary content.

www.perthfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

POETRY-NEXT-THE-SEA

The festival is held on the quay at Wells-on-the-Sea, Norfolk including readings, discussions and workshops.

www.poetry-next-the-sea.com

 

 

 

   
 

SALISBURY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

the Festival invites artists from around the world to perform over seventeen days & nights in Salisbury and the surrounding area.

It contains a light literary component.

www.salisburyfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

ST. IVES LITERATURE FESTIVAL

A host of events each day during the eight days of the festival - readings, talks, walks, workshops and performance.

Each day will start with open readings.

www.stiveslitfest.co.uk

 

 

 

SWALEDALE FESTIVAL

A general arts festival with some literature events such as poetry workshops.

www.swaledale-festival.org.uk

 

 

  SWINDON FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE

Comprises talks, readings, and question and answer sessions with authors, performers, and poets; plus writing workshops,

discussions, storytelling, and a 'Performance Poetry Slam Competition'. Authors attending include the famous, the infamous,

and the unknown.

www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

 

 

ULLAPOOL BOOK FESTIVAL

A three day literary gathering with a balanced programme with readings, talks, workshops.

www.ullapoolbookfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
  WENLOCK POETRY FESTIVAL

Annual celebration of the very best in poetry. The festival will build upon Shropshire's rich poetic heritage to make Much Wenlock -

the heart of Houseman country - a national centre for poetry; celebrating its creativity, recognising its relevance and revelling

in its beauty.

www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org

 

 

WORD - UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN WRITERS FESTIVAL

Word attracts over 50 authors for a weekend of readings, lectures, debates, music, art exhibitions and film screenings.

New festival developments include an extended Schools' and Children’s programme, and a Festival of Gaelic!

www.abdn.ac.uk/word

 

 

 

 
 

NEW WORDS (WORDFRINGE)      Aberdeen

New Words 2010 presents poets, fiction writers, dramatists, storytellers, comedians, translators, musicians, composers and

sound artists, from North-East Scotland and beyond, in the innovative festival exploring the spoken and written word in

performance.

www.wordfringe.co.uk

 

 

 

 

WOMEN'S ARTS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (Biennial)   Kendal, Cumbria

www.womensartsinternational.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

YOUNG READERS BIRMINGHAM

Young Readers Birmingham is an annual festival for children, young people and their families offering over 150 events, including

a two-day 'Book Bash' at Aston Hall.

www.birmingham.gov.uk/youngreader

 

 

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June

 
 

ALTHORPE LITERARY FESTIVAL

An array of talks, readings and debates in some of the most beautiful rooms of Althorp House.

www.althorp.com/literaryfestival

 

 

 

 
 

ASHBOURNE FESTIVAL

This multi-arts festival has some literary content. Featuring creative writing workshops, poetry, Peak District Writers' Forum,

and the songs, stories and music of Derbyshire and the East Midlands.

www.ashbournefestival.org

 

 

 

 
 

BORDERS BOOK FESTIVAL

A literary festival on the Scottish Borders, taking place at Harmony Garden, Melrose.

www.bordersbookfestival.org

 

 

 

 

BROADSTAIRS DICKENS FESTIVAL

A mixed arts family festival inspired by the works of Charles Dickens. Literature events include readings and talks.

www.broadstairsdickensfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

CHICHESTER FESTIVITIES

A mixed arts festival of international orchestras, jazz, contemporary sculpture, including an expanding talks and literature

programme.

www.chifest.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

CORSHAM FESTIVAL

A mainly music festival focusing on contemporary music and arts with a small literary content.

www.corshamfestival.org.uk

 

 

 

 

DERBYSHIRE LITERATURE FESTIVAL (BIENNIAL)

The Derbyshire Literature Festival is a county-wide literature festival celebrating reading, writing and literature in all its forms.

www.derbyshire.gov.uk

 

 

 

 
 

DUBLIN WRITERS FESTIVAL

Irish and international writers and poets explore themes including war, loss, national identity and modern Irish values.

www.dublinwritersfestival.com

 

 

 

 
  GRASSINGTON FESTIVAL

A general arts and music festival that includes some literary events. The main acts are housed in a festival marquee, but there

are shows held in a series of venues including pubs and churches around the village.

www.grassington-festival.org.uk

 

 

HEBDEN BRIDGE ARTS FESTIVAL

A general arts festival with literary events. Includes music, spoken word, comedy, children's events, open studio trail, open garden

trail, exhibitions and film.

www.hebdenbridge.co.uk

 

 

 

 

HUMBER MOUTH: HULL LITERATURE FESTIVAL

The Humber Mouth literature festival focuses on local contemporary literary talent as well as visits from well-known poets,

authors and performers.

The event incorporates the Hull Festival and includes a range of day-time and evening events for all ages.

www.humbermouth.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

AMMRAMA LISMORE FESTIVAL OF TRAVEL WRITING

aN event that investigates the intricacies of travel writing and its associated literature. Local and international writers take part

with readings, workshops, exhibitions and film helping to explore the elements of the travel genre.

www.lismoreimmrama.com

 

  LEOMINSTER FESTIVAL

The 'all arts' Leominster Festival includes some literary content.

www.leominster-festival.co.uk

 

 

LOWDHAM BOOK FESTIVAL

A festival including nationally-known fiction and non-fiction writers, poets, plays and music. In addition to the public events there

is an associated schools programme and a year-round programme of literary events in the village.

www.lowdhambookfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

LUDLOW FESTIVAL

A multi-arts festival.

www.ludlowfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

MIDDLESBOROUGH LITERARY FESTIVAL

The ethos of the festival is to celebrate the word in all its forms: written, spoken, sung and created.

www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/litfest

 

 

 

 
 

ST MAGNUS FESTIVAL

A midsummer celebration of the arts with a mixed programme of music, drama, dance, visual arts and literature.

www.stmagnusfestival.com

 

 

 

 
 

THAME ARTS & LITERATURE FESTIVAL

A celebration of the written word in all its forms. Over its three days, festival- goers will be able to listen to and meet authors

and publishers; talk about books, join in debate and take part in writing and creative workshops.

www.talfestival.org

 

 

 

 
 

TS ELIOT FESTIVAL   Little Gidding

A weekend of lectures, readings and music, celebrating the life and work of TS Eliot.

www.littlegidding.org.uk/eliotfestival

 

 

 

 
 

POETRY&WORDS AT GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL

Spoken word and performance poetry from National and International poets as part of the UK's biggest performance arts and

music festival.

www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

WINCHESTER WRITERS' CONFERENCE AND BOOKFAIR

Enjoy a feast of 43 workshops, 60 lectures and 500 one to one appointments designed to help you harness your creative

ideas and develop your professional practice under the guidance of more than 60 leading novelists, poets, playwrights, producers,

commissioning editors, literary agents and industry specialists.

www.writersconference.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

WORLDS LITERARY FESTIVAL

Writers’ Centre Norwich invite you to come along and meet writers from countries including India, China, the USA and the UK

at five days of events, readings and workshops.

www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

 

 

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July

 
 

BBC PROMS LITERARY FESTIVAL

BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, is accompanied by a Proms Literary Festival which looked at the relationship between writers

and composers, with talks from experts on Russian, English and contemporary writers as well as number of special literary

commissions.

www.bbc.co.uk/proms

 

 

 

 
 

BEYOND THE BORDER: THE WALES INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

An international festival celebrating oral tradition and bringing together storytellers, poets and musicians from around the world.

Beyond The Border International Storytelling Festival is the largest event of its type in the UK.

www.beyondtheborder.com

 

 

 

 
 

BUXTON FESTIVAL

A major festival of opera, music and literature.

www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

DARTINGTON HALL FESTIVAL - WAYS WITH WORDS

The Ways with Words Festival - set in the medieval courtyard at Dartington Hall, Devon, this large literature festival has around

200 speakers.

www.wayswithwords.co.uk

 

 

 

 
  FESTIVAL AT THE EDGE

Festival at the Edge is a story telling festival. Stories to make you laugh, cry and wonder. FATE is a festival for everyone, as well

as for those already bitten by the story bug. The festival has commissioned a major new storytelling performance each year to

premiere at the festival.

www.festivalattheedge.org

 

 

 

 
 

HENLEY FESTIVAL

The festival has a mixed programme of classical, opera, jazz, world music, comedy, poetry, street theatre and the visual arts,

with nightly firework events.

www.henley-festival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

JOHN CLARE FESTIVAL   Helpston near Peterborough

The festival is a celebration of the life and works of John Clare with poetry readings, talks, discussions and entertainment.

www.johnclare.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

LATITUDE FESTIVAL      Henham Park Estate, Suffolk

A large music and arts festival with a stage dedicated to performance poets and writers.

www.latitudefestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL

Britain’s largest Poetry Festival, brimming with events over ten days every summer.

www.poetry-festival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

LICHFIELD FESTIVAL

A general arts festival with a small literary content.

www.lichfieldfestival.org

 

 

 

 
 

LIVERPOOL ARABIC ARTS FESTIVAL

A festival showcasing and celebrating cultural achievements from across the Arab world and its diaspora. Artistic representation

comes from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Palestine, France, America and Britain.

www.arabicartsfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

MANCHESTER CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL

Manchester Children’s Book Festival is aimed at everyone who has ever loved children’s books, with an exciting series of events

will run at Manchester Metropolitan University’s city centre campus as well as in a variety of schools, libraries and other venues

across the region.

www.manchesterchildrensbookfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

LONDON LITERATURE FESTIVAL

London Literature Festival has an enticing programme of some of the world’s best writers, performances by internationally

renowned musicians and hard-hitting debate on contemporary issues by leading commentators.

www.londonlitfest.com

 

 

 

 
 

MIDDLESBOUROUGH LITERATURE FESTIVAL

www.lit-tees.com

 

 

 

 
 

MILVERTON LITERARY FESTIVAL

With invited speakers, authors, poets, writers, editors, writing workshops, story telling, debates & book reviews, book clubs and

book sellers alongside our Short Story and Poetry competiton for any age.

www.red-hot-media.com

 

 

 

 
 

PORT ELIOT LIT FEST

Featuring an eclectic mix of writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians. this is one of GBs most original, magical, bohemian, bookish,

colourful, musical and comic festivals.

www.porteliotfestival.com

 

 

 

 
 

SHOREDITCH FESTIVAL - AROUND THE WORD IN SHOREDITCH

A stellar line-up of internationally-renowned and locally based writers and performers in Shoreditch Park from 1pm-7pm as part

of the free Shoreditch Festival.

www.shoreditchfestival.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

THEAKSTON'S OLD PECULIER CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL, Harrogate

A murderous mix of panels running the entire gamut of crime fiction from nursery tale misdemeanours to hard-boiled, modern

ultra-violence.

www.harrogate-festival.org.uk/crime

     
 

WEST CORK LITERARY FESTIVAL

Readings, workshops, seminars, children's events, exhibitions, music

www.westcorkliteraryfestival.ie

 

 

 

 
 

WEST MEON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

Festival with visiting authors, bookbinding, children’s events. A Small informal festival in village setting in South Downs Country Park

www.westmeonfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

WINCHESTER FESTIVAL

A multi-arts festival including classical music, literary events, childrens events, drama, jazz suppers and an open air concert.

www.winchesterfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

 

NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD OF WALES    Swansea

The Eisteddfod is a cultural, artistic festival; one of the largest perepetic festivals in Europe alternating between south and north

Wales. Although competition based, it is a plethora of different arts events - singing, literature, dance, theatre, rock music, art

and craft exhibition along with sports elements, science and technology.

www.eisteddfod.org.uk

 

 

 

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August

 
     
 

CHAPEL ALLERTON ARTS FESTIVAL

Last year the festival included a street party with live music, stalls, music, food, dance and drama.

www.chapelallerton.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE

An open arts festival comprising over 1,500 events including children's shows, comedy and revue, dance and physical theatre,

music, musicals and opera, talks, theatre, spoken word, poetry and visual art.

www.edfringe.com

 

 

 

 
 

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the largest celebration of the written word in the world. It gives the public the chance

to debate, discuss, discover new horizons, take part in creative workshops and meet favourite and brand new authors.

www.edbookfest.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

GRAHAM GREENE FESTIVAL

A festival celebrating the life and work of Graham Greene featuring a mixture of films, talks and other events.

www.grahamgreenebt.org

 

 

 

 
 

WORDS IN MOTION AT THE BIG CHILL

A literary event within a music festival, including cutting-edge debates and poets sampling and mixing their voices to create

sound landscapes.

www.bigchill.net

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September

 
     
 

APPLEDORE BOOK FESTIVAL

The Appledore Book Festival takes place over nine days in the fishing village of Appledore North Devon. The festival remit to

spread a love of reading and learning with innovative events and raise money for the Appledore Library and reading projects

for disadvantaged children.

www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

ATHLONE LITERARY FESTIVAL

The festival is aimed at readers and writers and all those who enjoy good conversation and good literature.

www.athloneliteraryfestival.com

 

 

 

 
 

THE BATH FESTIVAL OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

The Bath Festival of Children’s Literature is a 10-day celebration of children’s books and reading, and will feature some of the

biggest and most creative names from the world of children’s publishing.

www.bathkidslitfest.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

BIG OAK LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL     Londonderry

The literary stream takes palce alongside music, poetry and a few recitals.

www.bigoakartsfest.com

 

 

 

 
 

BRISTOL POETRY FESTIVAL

Poetic readings and performances selected to showcase and celebrate the diversity of poetry in all it's forms.

Discover the power of poetry to transform.

www.poetrycan.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

BUDLEIGH SALTERTON FESTIVAL

A historically themed literature festival.

www.budlitfest.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

CHISWICK BOOK FESTIVAL

The Chiswick Book Festival hosts a wide range of different litrary events, lectures, workshops and childrens’ events.

www.chiswickbookfestival.org

 

 

 

 
 

ESSEX POETRY FESTIVAL     Chelmsford

Featuring special guests, mass workshops and open mic events.

www.essex-poetry-festival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

HAMPSTEAD AND HIGHGATE FESTIVAL

The Hampstead and Highgate Festival is a celebration of the Arts, embracing music, film, visual arts, theatre, literature and dance.

www.hamandhighfest.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

HENLEY LITERARY FESTIVAL

One of the country's leading literary events among authors and publishers, as well as audiences that features readings and

discussions by poets, authors and celebrities.

www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

INDEPENDANT WOODSTOCK LITERARY FESTIVAL

A mix of national and international speakers, controversial debates, lectures, discussion and book launches, together with a pub

quiz, literary lunches and teas. There are opportunities to meet and talk with authors, novelists, critics, journalists and

commentators in a relaxed and informal atmosphere

www.woodstockliteraryfestival.com

 

 

 

 
 

ISLAY BOOK FESTIVAL

A book festival for children and adults.

www.ohhnice.com/islaybook

 

 

 

 
 

RYE ARTS FESTIVAL

A general arts festival with some literature events.

www.ryefestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

SEVENOAKS LITERARY CELEBRATION

www.sevenoaksliterarycelebration.com

 

 

 

 
 

SMALL WONDER      Charleston

The UK's only festival dedicated entirely to the short story featuring celebrated contemporary writers in an array of thought-

provoking talks and debates.

www.charleston.org.uk/smallwonder

 

 

 

 
 

SW11 LITERARY FESTIVAL

The Festival offers book lovers the opportunity to meet well known authors and the chance to discover new ones, at book

signings and readings all over SW11. Visitors may attend workshops to sharpen their own writing talent, plus there are children's

author events, foodie events and even a poetry event from our very own, poet in residence.

www.clapham-Junction.com

 

 

 

 
 

 

TENBY ARTS FESTIVAL

A music, arts and literature festival. This seaside event includes classic orchestral performances and jazz, Welsh choirs and soloists,

sand sculptures and sambas and an increasingly strong participation of writers and performing poets.

www.tenbyartsfest.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 
 

THROCKMORTON LITERARY FESTIVAL        Warwickshire

Over three days, the Throckmorton Literary Festival hosts a stimulating line-up of writers for discussions and readings

www.coughtoncourt.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

WIGTOWN LITERARY FESTIVAL

Held in Scotland's national Book Town with literary readings, group discussions, interviews and book launches plus music and

children's events.

www.wigtown-booktown.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

WORDPLAY SHETLAND

Run by Shetland Arts, Shetland's annual Book festival features a variety of events for children and adults: readings, book signings,

talks, book launches and workshops in creative writing as well as a chance to browse round a variety of book stalls.

www.shetlandarts.org

 

 

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October

 
 

BAY LIT FESTIVAL (BIENNIAL)

Biennial, bilingual, (Welsh and English) multicultural celebration of Welsh literature. Organised by the Welsh Academi.

www.baylit.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

BELFAST FESTIVAL AT QUEEN'S

The Festival covers all art forms including theatre, dance, classical music, literature, jazz, comedy, visual arts, folk music and

popular music including the ever-popular BT Talks programme featuring big names from the world of literature.

www.belfastfestival.com

 

 

 

 
 

BEVERLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Ten days of writing, conversation, reading groups, workshops and performances.

www.beverley-literature-festival.org

 

 

 

 
 

BEWDLEY FESTIVAL

A general festival with music and entertainment. The festival has a small number of literature events.

www.bewdleyfestival.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

BIRMINGHAM BOOK FESTIVAL

Featuring appearances from leading contemporary authors plus a range of special events, book launches, late-night events,

installations, canal boat writing, film screenings and workshops (e.g. writing for radio, travel writing, writing for children).

www.birminghambookfestival.org

 

 

 

 
 

BOURNEMOUTH LITERARY FESTIVAL

An international and multicultural festival that exhibits and introduces new and old fiction and poetry set in an international arena

both in original English text and translations with music, dance and drama as a backdrop.

www.bournemouthliteraryfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

BURNHAM MARKET BOOK FESTIVAL

A weekend of talks from an exciting list of well-known authors

www.whitehouse-books.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

CANTERBURY FESTIVAL

General Arts Festival featuring International artists, returning favourites and quirky twists on the classics.

www.canterburyfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

CHAPTER & VERSE LITERATURE FESTIVAL LIVERPOOL

Merseyside’s new literature festival bringing a wide selection of events for lovers of words - readings, book signings, talks,

discussions, performances and workshops.

www.thebluecoat.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

THE TIMES CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is a celebration of award-winning writers, world-renowned thinkers and international

star names – with more than 450 events over the ten day Festival. At its heart the Festival rejoices in the joy of books, the

thrill of debate and the unique interaction between writer and reader.

www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

 

 

CHESTER LITERATURE FESTIVAL

From Roman street names and medieval scripts to modern literature. Chester celebrates a mix of top authors, book signings,

workshops and events throughout the month.

www.chesterfestivals.co.uk

 
 

 

 

 
 

CRYSTAL PALACE CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL

A boutique literary festival for children It’s for one day only, and runs more like a music festival stage, allowing the audience to hear

and see new authors and illustrators without needing tickets. The free events and workshops take place in the local bookshop,

gallery and library.

www.palacefestival.org

 

 

 

 
 

DURHAM BOOK FESTIVAL

Durham Book Festival remains the longest running and largest literature festival in the North East of England and includes a

programme of forty seven events over a ten day period, across twelve different venues throughout the County.

For every taste and every age group, across a range of subjects from fiction and poetry to nature and sports.

www.bookfestival.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

DYLAN THOMAS FESTIVAL: A REFUSAL TO MOURN

A mixture of readings, talks, theatre, music, art, film and celebrity guests.

www.dylanthomas.com

 

 

 

 
 

EXETER POETRY FESTIVAL

A four day celebration of poetry in Exeter, Devon featuring poetry writing workshops, poetry readings, spoken word,

a poetry bookshop and much more.

www.exeterpoetryfestival.com

 

 

 

 
 

EYPE AUTUMN 2010 ‘BOOK ‘N AUTHOR’ WEEKS LITERARY FESTIVAL

The second of two annual intimate and informal Literary Festivals with a cornucopia of top national and local writers presenting

their current titles with active audience participation, book sales and signing sessions. Mainly biographies and autobiographies but

also historical novels, current affairs, travel and some light entertainment.

www.eypechurcharts.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

FRINTON LITERARY FESTIVAL

www.thebestof.co.uk/local/frinton-and-walton/events/252604/frinton-literary-festival

 

 

 

 
 

GUILDFORD BOOK FESTIVAL

An exciting and varied programme of events featuring many of Britain's finest writers and celebrities.

www.guildfordbookfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

HAVANT LITERARY FESTIVAL

A literary festival providing new opportunities for residents and visitors to experience literature in direct, accessible and dynamic

ways bringing the best national writing and performing talent to Havant. Local people of all ages are active in its making through

the poetry and short story competitions, practical workshops and as performers in many of the theatre and outdoor events.

www.havantlitfest.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

ILKLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL

This festival includes top national and international names, authors events, discussions, workshops, poetry and short story

competitions, literary walks, Festival Fringe, readers' events, a popular Open Mic, a Children's Literature Festival Weekend and

special events for National Poetry Day.

www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

INVERNESS BOOK FESTIVAL

Five days of literature featuring fiction and non-fiction readings and events.

www.invernessbookfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

KNUTSFORD LITERATURE FESTIVAL

An eclectic mix of novelists, biographers and writers on specialist subjects including history, fiction, biography, politics and a National

Poetry Day event in which you can take part.

www.knutsfordlitfest.org

 

 

 

 
 

LANCASTER LITFEST

Annual literature festival, running poetry and fiction events and writing workshops through the year.

www.litfest.org

 

 

 

 
 

LEWES LIVE LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Lewes Live Literature presents its annual autumn festival of literature and the arts, as ever featuring an eclectic mix of

performance and spoken word events.

www.leweslivelit.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

LIT.COM

A lighter literature festival featuring guest authors and poets, professional children's theatre productions, workshops and film

screenings as well as the best in UK stand up.

www.nelincs.gov.uk

 

 

 

 
 

LICHFIELD LITERATURE

Four days of author talks, creative writing workshops, education events for children, and a literary dinner, all in this compact

Cathedral City in the heart of England.

www.lichfieldfestival.org

 

 

 

 
 

LITERARY DUNDEE

A combination of workshops, readings and informal talks by national and internationally renowned authors.

www.literarydundee.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

LIVERPOOL IRISH FESTIVAL

The Liverpool Irish Festival Society has developed a permanent, annual, multiple venue event to celebrate Liverpool's considerable

Irish heritage.

The festival includes performance, participation, entertainment and education in Irish traditions, music, literature, theatre and art.

www.liverpoolirishfestival.com

 

 

 

 
 

MANCHESTER LITERATURE FESTIVAL

The programme will feature readings by some of the world's finest authors and newly commissioned work.

www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

MERE LITERARY FESTIVAL

A small literary festival that includes events, talks, workshops and a short story competition.

www.merelitfest.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

MORLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Morley Literature Festival in South Leeds is an annual week-long festival celebrating books, reading and writing

www.morleyliteraturefestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

NEW WRITERS UK BOOK FAYRE      Nottingham

Creative writing talks, workshops, readings, snapshot talks. Books and artwork for sale

www.newwritersuk.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

NORTH PENNINES STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

Eden, Tynedale, Teesdale and Weardale

www.npenninestorytelling.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

POOLE LITERARY FESTIVAL

A chance to meet leading authors, attend discussions, storytelling events, literary walks, workshops, poetry and much more in

the historic Dorset seaside town. Events for adults, children and families.

www.poolelitfest.com

 

 

 

 
 

TORBAY POETRY FESTIVAL

A long weekend devoted to poetry through readings, workshops, and various imaginative events. Usually 20 - 25 events, many

free, combining local and national poets.

www.torbaypoetryfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

SAFFRON WALDEN LITERARY FESTIVAL

www.hartsevents.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL         Edinburgh

Festival events host authentic voices from home and abroad at the hearth of Scotland. Storytelling performance events are

complemented by talks and discussions, film screenings, participative workshops, 'Meet the Storyteller' sessions and an

international networking day for storytellers and network members.

www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

SENTINEL LITERATURE FESTIVAL      London

Features readings and performances of poetry, fiction, drama and comedy. There will also be lectures and talks that will educate

and inspire audiences.

www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

UEA INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL AUTUMN      University of East Anglia

A year-long series of readings and discussions by literary figures.

www.uea.ac.uk/litfest

 

 

 

 
 

WARWICK WORDS - FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE AND SPOKEN WORD

A long weekend festival which holds a poetry competition to find the Warwick Poet Laureate, and creative writing workshops.

The festival also features performances, a literary lunch, Warwick slam competition, afternoon teas, talks and workshops,

children’s book fair, a poetry pub crawl and lots more.

www.warwickwords.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

WELLINGTON LITERARY FESTIVAL

A festival to celebrate and promote a wide range of literature to all ages... accessible for all and working in partnership with the

community

www.wellington-shropshire.gov.uk

 

 

 

 
 

WELLS FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE

With lectures, readings, children's events, poetry workshops and international poetry and short story competitions.

www.wlitf.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

WETHERBY FESTIVAL (BIENNIAL)

Arts festival featuring some literary events.

www.wetherbyfestival.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL

often been described as a sort Hay-on-Wye with a kilt: this is the largest annual literary gathering in Scotland outside Edinburgh.

www.wigtownbookfestival.com

 

 

 

 
 

WOLDS WORDS

This annual literature festival to capture the imagination

www.woldswords.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

WONDERFULWORDS - CORNWALL LIBRARY BOOK FESTIVAL

The countywide festival comprises of children's literary events during September, a week long Poetry Festival in early October

along with a month of adult literary events throughout October.

www.cornwall.gov.uk

 

 

 

 
 

WOODSTOCK CELEBRATES BOOKS

A celebration of all things literary, this event is staged by the same team that organises The Oxford Literary Festival.

 

 

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November

 
     
 

ALDEBURGH INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

Aldeburgh always generates its own unique atmosphere with 47 events – 13 free – you can create your own Festival experience

and mix the main readings with workshops, craft talks, discussions, cabaret, masterclass, exhibitions and even an open mic if you

want to strut your stuff!

www.aldeburgh.co.uk
www.thepoetrytrust.org

 

 

 

 
 

CHORLEYWOOD LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Chorleywood Litfest features fascinating events to suit every taste. We also offer creative writing and events for children.

There are also writing competitions for all ages. Whether you are a budding writer or want to meet your favourite writer,

we are passionate about inspiring you.

www.cwlitfest.org

 

 

 

 
 

FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL

Folkestone Book Festival plays host to a packed week of entertaining live performances from well known and emerging authors

and poets including a wide number of events for children and young people.

www.folkestonelitfest.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL

New work from all over the world brought to life at the Warehouse Theatre's annual International Playwriting Festival.

Celebrating the work of new playwrights and consolidating the theatre's role as a powerhouse of new writing.

www.warehousetheatre.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

LAVENHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL

The festival, backed by the East Anglian Daily Times, will feature bestselling authors.

www.visit-suffolk.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

LENNOXLOVE BOOK FESTIVAL      Haddington, East Lothian

Literary discussions, readings and performances from well known authors and celebrities.

www.lennoxlovebookfestival.com

 

 

 

 
 

NORTHERN CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL      Blyth Community College, Northumberland

NCBF is Europe's largest children's book festival. More than 40 of the UK's finest children's writers, poets, illustrators and

storytellers take.

www.ncbf.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 

RICHMOND UPON THAMES LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Running throughout November, there will be a lively selection of literature events, at interesting varied venues across the borough,

with high-profile authors, TV personalities, journalists, poets, politicians and some newer voices; all of which mean a diverse and

enthralling array of literary delights for all ages to enjoy.

www.richmond.gov.uk/literature_festival

 

 

 

 
 

SMALL PUBLISHERS FAIR

International artists’ book fair featuring over fifty publishers of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and composers.

Plus readings, talks and book launches. Meet and talk with artists, designers, poets and publishers.

www.rgap.co.uk

 

 

 

 
 

SOUTHWOLD LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Part of the Ways with Words series of literature festivals, Southwold Literature Festival is held in a small seaside resort,

gives people a chance to engage with books and ideas.

www.wayswithwords.co.uk

 

 

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December

 
 

BRIGHTON INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

Brighton Poetry Festival has a range of events and activities at venues around the city.

www.thesouth.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This listing of poetry writing groups is taken from the old Poetry Can website and some of the groups have yet to be verified.
The group names in blue are links to their online presence where you will find further information about the group.

If you run or are a member of a group that does not appear in this list, please contact Poetry Can at  admin@poetrycan.co.uk with information about your group.

 

Joining a Poetry Writing Group

 

South West Poetry Writing groups

Listed alphabetically

 

Bath Writers' Workshop

Meets on the first and the third Saturday of every month. New members are very welcome.

Ffi: zoetrouveres@hotmail.com

 

Blue Gate Poets

BlueGate Poets is a poetry group based in Swindon which is advancing the enjoyment and development of reading, writing and listening to poetry by encouraging local talent and voices at every level.

 

Bournemouth Writers Circle

Meetings are run on a less formal basis. The emphasis is on discussion and participation with the meeting dividing into smaller groups to discuss various subjects. This affords opportunities for members to express themselves and to find out the views of other members in a warm and supportive atmosphere.

 

Brewery Arts Writers, New Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester

On the last Thursday of each month. Doors open 7.00pm - readings 7.30-9pm. £3 on the evening. A friendly group of writers who will be reading their work, including poetry, short stories and life writing. Share your own creative writing, chat about your ideas and inspirations with like-minded people, or just sit back and listen while you sip a glass of wine or a coffee.

 

Brixham Writers Club

A small, professionally-minded club whose members write for pleasure but aim to produce work which will be acceptable commercially. The emphasis is on fiction, both short stories and novels.

 

Circle in the Square

Company Of Poets

Cornwall Poetry Group Listing

Cotswold Writers’ Circle

 

Devon Community Writing Group Directory

'Devon's community directory at the click of a button'

Dillington Poetry Group

 

East Coker Poetry Group

Meetings are entertaining, informal and sociable. They are held either in the Skittle Alley, or the Apple Loft Restaurant of the Helyar Arms. Membership is free and everyone is welcome, including visitors to the village and guests staying at the Helyar Arms. Meetings regularly attract 20 - 30 poetry lovers.

East Dorset Poets

East Street Poets

Exeter Writers Group

A welcoming group of writers who wish to improve their craft through discussion and critique.

 

Exmouth Writers Circle

Falmouth Poetry Group

Falmouth Poetry Group meets fortnightly for critical workshops, and acts as a discussion forum for work-in-progress. FPG endures as a dynamic and influential source of inspiration and encouragement to poets in Cornwall, and has an excellent record of achievement. Meetings are on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30pm in Falmouth Library. New members are welcome to come and “try it out” before joining. Please bring 10-12 copies of your poem. 

 

Falmouth Writers Forum

Fire River Poets

The Fire River Poets group was set up in Taunton in 1988 by a small number of enthusiastic poets to serve Taunton and the surrounding area. They meet on a Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.45 pm once or twice a month. The aim is to provide thoughtful, positive criticism in a supportive setting that is an honest appraisal, but also offers encouragement.

Football Poets

Founded on the work of Stroud Football Poets who were referred to by Radio 4 as "..the world's only known collective of football poets.." This is an online group for all football poets, lovers of football and maybe even lovers of (alternative) poetry. They are actively looking to sign more poets and will be delighted to discover unknown's in the lower leagues right on down to the school playground.

Freedom Writers

 

Frome Writers' Collective
A not-for-profit initiative which aims to help provide an accessible network for local writers of all genres, sharing resources, providing information about different aspects of writing and publishing, running writers' projects, events and market stalls as well as the annual Frome Small Publishers' Fair and administering their own book brand, Silver Crow Books. The Collective operates as a not-for-profit unincorporated association and is run by volunteers.

Honiton Writers’ Circle

Ilfracombe Writers’ Circle

 

Indian King Poets

Kick Start Poets

An independent group of poets, founded in 1997, sponsored by The Arts Council of England, Southwest. Regular meetings are normally on the third Thursday of every month at Sarum College in Salisbury Cathedral Close. Non-members are welcome at all regular meetings. Less formal gatherings devoted to close textual scrutiny of new work are held on the first Monday of every month and are not open to non-members.

 

Mendip Writers

Moor Poets

A Dartmoor-based group of writers with the aim of encouraging creative writing in people of all abilities.

Penwith Writers Group

Plymouth Writers’ Circle

Poetry Appreciation Group - Westbury Library

Poetry Dorchester

 

Poole Writers’ Circle

Fortnightly meetings on Wednesday from September to June at 7.30 - 9.30 PM Poole Advice Centre 54, Lagland St Poole. Varied programme: speakers before Christmas and workshops after January. A support group with competitions and events.

 

Portway Writers

 

Salisbury Poetry Cafe

Salisbury Poetry Cafe is a forum for poets and writers to share their work in a relaxed and friendly environment, providing the opportunity for budding writers to meet people, make new friends and take part in the open mic sessions.

 

Scavel an Gow

 

Sidmouth Poetry Reading Circle

South Molton Writers

 

Southway Community Writers

 

St Austell & Fowey Poetry & Writing Circle

 

The Language Club

 

The Poetry Society of Cheltenham

 

Writers Meet

 

Yate and District Writers Group

Directory of Writers Circles South West

  Acoustic Night logo Acoustic Night

A long running fortnightly open mic night in Bristol for both poetry and acoustic

music primarily aimed at poetry promotion. A friendly and supportive atmosphere

that makes Acoustic Night an ideal place to try out new work or cut your teeth as

a performer/reader.

   

 

 

 
  Apples and Snakes

Apples & Snakes

South West

Englands leading performance poetry organisation whose aim is to 'stretch

the boundaries of poetry in education and performance'. The South West Programme

Coordinator, Gina Sherman, who is based in Plymouth, can be contacted by emailing:

gina@applesandsnakes.org

   

 

 

 
  Asian Arts logo Asian Arts Agency

Dedicated to raising the profile of Asian Arts across the South west region working to

develop and promote Asian arts events and programming; promote participation in

Asian arts; enhance  opportunities for Asian artists and provide a network and resource

to profile Asian arts.

   

 

  Brewhouse logo

Brewhouse Theatre

Taunton

The Brewhouse in Taunton aspires to be a cultural hub for innovation, creativity of local,

regional and national distinction presenting live performance and art exhibitions of the

highest quality. Home to the regular Fire River Poets readings.

   

 

 

 
   Bridgewater logo  Bridgewater Arts Centre

A community Arts Centre dedicated to creating opportunities for people to take part in

and experience the arts as well as developing and supporting the work of professional

performing and visual artists in the region.

   

 

 

 
  Bridport logo Bridport Arts Centre

 

A thriving theatre and gallery venue in West Dorset which is the home of the

Bridport Prize.

 

   

 

 

 
  Epicentre logo

Epicentre Bookshop/Cafe

Paignton

 

A bookshop and vegetarian cafe in the heart of Paignton that run regular writing groups

and poetry reading and performance nights.

 

   

 

 
  Exeter Phoenix logo Exeter Phoenix

 

A large theatre and gallery complex in th middle of exeter that run regular poetry events

and is the home of Uncut Poets.

 

   

 

 

 
  Poetic Licence

 

Poetic Licence organise the monthly Lansdown Poetry Nights readings in Bristol.

Contact Charles Thompson on 07969987102.

 

   

 

 

 
  Merlin logo

Merlin Theatre

Frome

 

A 240 seat theatre on a college campus in Frome (Somerset) with an outstanding

reputation for presenting the very best in performing arts and run an extensive

community and education programme.

 

   

 

 

 
  The Plough logo

Plough Arts Centre

Torrington

 

A small venue with a big reputation! Providing opportunities for all people to

experience a wide and vibrant range of high quality arts events.

 

   

 

 
  Restromel Arts logo

Restromel Arts

St Austel

Restormel Arts aims to promote a programme of professional and amateur arts activity

and to engage the local community as both audience and participants.

Their main focus is on engaging local communities in arts related activities and projects

that engage young people.

   

 

 

 
  Salisbury Arts logo Salisbury Arts Centre

 

A vibrant and exciting community Arts Centre presenting a wide range of professional

theatre, music, dance, film, workshops and visual arts. Home of Salisbury Poetry Cafe.

 

   

 

 

 
  Spiel Unlimited

Marcus Moore and Sara Jane Arbury work together producing poetry slams

and workshops throughout the central southern region including events at Cheltenham

Literature festival, Swindon Literature Festival and others.

Email: slam@scsarum.freeserve.co.uk

   

 

 

 
  The Lighthouse logo

The Lighthouse

Poole

 

A unique mix of venue, programming and culture with a mission to become the leading

regional arts centre in the South West. Occasional poetry events.

 

 

 

 

   
  Poetry Slam logo The Poetry Slam

 

A Bristol-based organisation specialising in promoting slam poetry and using

performance poetry as a tool for working in schools, business training and at

arts festivals.

 

 

 

 

   
  The Winchester

The Winchester 

Bournemouth

 

Pub/club venue holding alternative music and DJ events with a monthly popular poetry

night, Freeway Poets.

 

   

 

 

 
  Wondermentalist logo

Wondermentalist

 

A collective of performing artists based around the Totnes area who organise poetry

events in Totnes and Exeter

   

 

 

 
  Word of Mouth
Bristol

 

Bristol-based spoken word events organisers based at The Thunderbolt and now also running events at The Old Vic, Bristol.

 

       
  davidhalllogoweb The David Hall Programming open and professional poetry events.

The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5AA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis O'Driscoll

 

Poetry Can was very sad to learn of the death of Dennis O'Driscoll on Christmas

Eve, 2012. Dennis, of course, made a remarkable and very beautiful contribution to

poetry, he was a poet, editor, critic, reader and ambassador.

He was also a patron of Poetry Can. 

 Read more

 

Quick links:

Magazine Publishers     Book Publishers 
      Full list of Publishers   Developing a Publishing Strategy

 

www.poetrymagazines.org.uk a website dedicated to poetry magazines


 

Poetry Publishers in the South West include:

Magazine Publishers:

 

 Acumen Logo

 

Acumen Literary Journal

www.acumen-poetry.co.uk

General editor: Patricia Oxley

patriciaoxley@gmail.com

'A beacon of invention in the west, Acumen's guiding light is valued throughout the wider world of letters. Printing the best, and not necessarily the most celebrated, is its policy.'  
Peter Porter

       

 Areopagius Logo

 

Areogagus Magazine

www.areopagus.org.uk

Editor: Julian Barrit

editor@areopagus.org.uk

A quarterly 32 page A4 sized Magazine.
This is a colour printed magazine, not an internet publication. It publishes subscribers' fiction, poetry and articles. Regular features include Letters to the Editor, book reviews, a Prayer Page, and a column called 'Quotations'.
       

Critical Quarterly

 

Critical Quarterly

Editor: Colin MacCabe
'Probably the most influential English literary-critical journal in the academic field over the post war decades.'
John Holloway, New Pelican Guide to English Literature.

       

graffitilogo

 

Graffiti Magazine

www.wilkiemartin.com/graffiti

Editor: Rona Laycock
Members of the Catchword writers group produce a writing magazine Graffiti to help showcase new writers.
The magazine is available from small shops in Cirencester and around the Cotswolds, and from the Brewery Arts Centre in Cirencester.
       

Margins Magazine

 

Margins

www.dartmoorcam.co.uk

Dr. Ann Pulsford
 
a.pulsford@axiom.eclipse.co.uk

A 48-page issue of 4 articles, 12 poems and 12 short stories - on all aspects of Dartmoor and its way of life, past and present.

 

 

       

flarestackweb

 

Obsessed with Pipework

www.flarestack.co.uk

cannula.dementia@virgin.net

Flarestack Poetry's quarterly magazine of new highwire poetry "to surprise and delight".

 

 

       

 Poetry Cornwall

 

Poetry Cornwall /
Bardhonyeth Kernow

www.poetrycornwall.com

Editor: Les Merton

Poetry Cornwall/Bardhonyeth Kernow publishes around 70 poets per issue. This includes a blend of well known names and encouraged newcomers, with a range of themes, poetic forms and styles.
Every issue features poets from around the world.

       

 Quill

 

Pulsar

www.pulsarpoetry.com

Editor: David Pike

pulsar.ed@btopenworld.com

Poetry webzine published quarterly and edited by David Pike.

 

 

       
racemeweb  

Raceme

www.racemepoetry.com

fallingwall76@gmail.com

A Bristol-based literary magazine, published by Loxwood Stoneleigh, and imprint of Falling Wall Press.
Co-edited by Matthew Barton and Jeremy Mulford.
(publication currently under review)

       

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Shearsman Magazine

www.shearsman.com

Editor: Tony Frazer

editor@shearsman.com

A contemporary poetry magazine with a clear inclination towards the more exploratory end of the current spectrum. Notwithstanding this, however, quality work of a more conservative kind will always be considered seriously, provided that the work is well-written.

       

STRIDE

 

 Stride Magazine

www.stridemagazine.co.uk

Editor: Rupert Loydell

A gathering of new poetry, prose poems, articles and reviews (or whatever takes our fancy), Stride is regularly updated with new contributions.

       

Tears in the Fence Logo

 

Tears in the Fence

www.tearsinthefence.com

Editor: David Caddy

tearsinthefence@gmail.com

A 168 page book of poetry, prose poems, fiction, essays, translations, interviews and reviews published three times a year.

 

       

HQ logo

 

The Haiku Quarterly

HQ QuarterlyMagazine

Editor: Kevin Bailey

An international poetry magazine that publishes a broad range of work - from the highly experimental to the very traditional. The emphasis is on quality and originality. About one third of the magazine's space is given over to haiku and haikuesque poetry; the rest to mainstream poetry and reviews and articles.

       

 

 

 The Interpreter's House

www.theinterpretershouse.com

Editor: Martin Malone

email: theinterpretershouse@aol.co.uk

Over 500 writers have appeared in The Interpreter’s House pages, some very distinguished (Elizabeth Bartlett, Ruth Bidgood, Alan Brownjohn, Toby Litt, Sheenagh Pugh, Carole Satyamurti, Penelope Shuttle, R.S. Thomas) and some for the first time ever.

       

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Tremblestone
Editor: Kenny Knight
 
 

Tremblestone is International in outlook and publishes contemporary poetry.

 

 

 

       

Poetry Books Publishers:

       

awen logo

 

Awen Publications

www.awenpublications.wordpress.com

Publisher: Kevan Manwaring

publisher@awenpublications.co.uk

A small press specialising in high-quality writing that may not be highly commercial but deserves to find a readership. They like work that is imaginative, boundary-pushing, eco-conscious, enchanting, and challenging to received wisdoms.

       

Bluechrome logo

 

Bluechrome Publishing

www.completelynovel.com/publishers/bluechrome

An independent publisher of poetry and literary or experimental fiction. They published their first book in January 2003 and have since developed a reputation for spotting interesting and unusual fiction, which they have promoted alongside a growing list of high quality poetry.

 

       

Burning Eye Books

 

Burning Eye Books

www.burningeyebooks.wordpress.com

Founder: Clive Bernie

A small independent publisher in the South West predominately specialising in promoting spoken word artists. We aim to dispel the assumption that performance poetry does not transfer well to page as well as give emerging and established artist opportunities to be published where they might be rejected from other traditional poetry publishers.
       

City Chamaeleon

 

City Chameleon

www.citychameleon.co.uk

Editor: Bertel Martin

admin@citychameleon

Bristol-based small independent press.

       

Etruscan Books Logo

 

Etruscan Books

www.llpp.ms11.net/etruscan/

etruscanpublishing@gmail.com

etruscan books publishes concrete, Gaelic and modernist poetry with an ear for the lyric and the made up word. They give attention to spatiality, experiment and the lyric. The books are carefully edited, and still sewn on good papers.

       

Fal Publications

 

 

Fal Publications

editor@falpublications.co.uk

 

Based in Truro, Cornwall, fal is committed to producing fine books of contemporary writing from Cornwall. The books are beautfully produced and some fully illustrated by local artists. They have attracted local and national reviews and prestigious prizes.

       

 

Flarestack Poets

www.flarestackpoets.co.uk

jacquirowe@hotmail.co.uk

meria@btinternet.com

Poetry that dares outside current trends, even against the grain... collections that aren't bus queues, from poets forging their own linguistic connections with the root-ball of experience.

       
hesterglockweb  

Hesterglock Press

 

 

www.hesterglockpress.wordpress.com

Twitter: @H_G_Press

Bristol-based small press publishing mainly experimental poetry, run by Sarer Scotthorne and Paul Hawkins.
Who also co-curate ANATHEMA events.
       

 

 

 

Hippopotamus Press

01373 466653

 Small press based in Frome, Somerset.

 

       

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Shearsman Books

www.shearsman.com

Editor: Tony Frazer

editor@shearsman.com

Shearsman Books was founded in 1982 in order to offer collections to authors involved with the magazine. In 2003 the shifted up to short-run digital and print-on-demand production for most of their titles.

They also make some e-chapbooks, in PDF form, available for free download from their website.

 
       

Oversteps logo

 

Oversteps Books

www.overstepsbooks.com

Editor: Alwyn Marriage

alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

Oversteps Books publishes some of the best in contemporary poetry, covering a wide range of established and new poets. There is a rigorous editorial policy, and the books are produced to the highest standards both in terms of editorial accuracy and the beauty of the finished books.

 
       

 

       
 

   

For a full list of Poetry Publishers in the UK:  The Poetry Library 

 
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

 

This area of the site contains information on:

poetry competitions

poetry publications

poetry promoters

poetry groups

colleges, universities and libraries

poetry and literature festivals

for young writers

poetry organisations

Online Resources

 

If you are an organiser, or involved with any of these areas of poetry activity in the South West

please email details to admin@poetrycan.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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