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The best literary festivals happening around the UK this summer and autumn

What could be more of a summer fantasy than a literary festival?

The perfect combination of stimulating talks, bright sunshine and a tasty glass of wine, some might say they’re more fun than a music festival. After all, there’s no mud and (hopefully) no one peeing in your tent.

Britain, luckily, is blessed with a wealth of literary festivals, and here we’ve rounded up some of our favourites coming up in the next few months. There’s something for every type of reader, from the bestselling Hay Festival to Harrogate’s Festival of Crime Writing, and a mix of literature and music at Latitude Festival. 

Simply scroll down to find your perfect match.


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“If my novel is a dystopia, then we are living in a dystopia right now”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
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Gender equality is still a problem for children's books, says leading author

by Anna Brech
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He's saved 20,000 books so far

by Sarah Biddlecombe
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The bestselling author’s much-anticipated second novel is out now.

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06 Jun 2017

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