5 on Friday: 5 Summer Literary Festivals

Literary FestivalOne of the things I love to do is listen to writers and authors talk about writing and books.  Living in London I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity almost any day of any given week to find an author speaking at an event somewhere in the city.  And in recent years I have been to a number of events.  From evening talks in book shops, libraries and historic buildings to festivals in Hampstead, and a particular favourite last year Kew Gardens.

However,  there is an abundance of literary festivals all over the UK these days.  I have selected 5 which all take place in places you might just be visiting as part of your summer holiday staycation.

  1. The Althorp Literary Festival at the Althorp estate in Northamptonshire  30th June – 3rd July.   “A unique celebration of the written word that takes place against the backdrop of one of England’s most beautiful, private historic houses” 
  2. Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall 28th – 31st July “a glorious mixture of big names and more than its fair share of surprises”
  3. Buxton Festival in Derbyshire 8th – 24th July “a happy marriage of opera, music and books”
  4. Raworths Harrogate Literary Festival 2nd to 5th July “featuring a diverse programme from the worlds of politics, economics, science, music and literature”
  5. Henley Literary Festival 26th September – 2nd October “one of the UK’s most popular literary festivals, bringing together punters and pundits from far and wide in an annual meeting-of-minds set across its stunning riverside hometown”

What better way to fill a few summer days than surrounding your self with books, and people talking about books.

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    • June 21, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      You are so right. I really am.

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