Literary Festivals for July

2008_Rome_3087689551As the weather hots up, the literary festivals continue.

This month’s selection begins with Africa Writes, a celebration of African literature at the British Library from 3rd – 5th July. Ben Okri will be among those appearing.

If you are near the far south-west over the weekend of July 8th – 11th, check out the Penzance Literary Festival This year it is on the theme of ‘sparks’ and incorporates drop in workshops on publishing and paper making.

The John Clare Society Festival (10th – 12th July) provides an eclectic programme of events, many of them free. John Clare and the Seeds of Change is at Hepston near Peterborough.

The Buxton Festival presents talks from a wide variety of famous names at very reasonable prices. Louis de Bernieres, Helen Castor and Christopher Frayling are just some of the famous names on offer. It runs for a fortnight between the 10th and 26th of July. See

At the other end of the price scale, weekend festivals with camping included are becoming as popular with lovers of literature as they are with lovers of music.

The Curious Arts Festival is at Pylewell Park in the New Forest from 17th – 19th July. It showcases contemporary writers such as Rachel Billington and Huw Powell.
Over the same weekend, the Latitude Festival in Suffolk will be including a large number of poets and performers alongside the music acts. See

Later in the month, The Niddfest Festival will be celebrating nature in writing this year. It makes a special effort to cater for children and is held at Pately Bridge on the Yorkshire Moors from 24th July.

All in all, July is a very busy month with plenty on offer; the perfect opportunity to enjoy yourself and broaden your mind at the same time.

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