5 Countryside Literary Festivals

Pack your hamper and stow your reading glasses: it’s time for a trip to the country!

Whilst the Havant Literary Festival may be on hiatus for the time being, there are still plenty of other fantastic literary events happening up and down the country. Whilst many of these events take place in the urban metropolises of our great country, there are also dozens of events taking place in the lush, verdant countryside of our great nation. Let’s take a look at the pick of the crops and find the next best literary event for you to attend:

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival


Taking place from the 18th-22nd September 2019, this year’s Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival is looking to be one of the best yet, with an electrifying lineup including¬†Wolf Hall author Dame Hilary Mantel, Robert Harris, Cressida Cowell, Jenny Exlair and James Runcie. This year there will be dozens of speakers from a wide range of backgrounds, as well as some interesting workshops which promise to widen the minds of all who sign up. Tickets are moving fast, so now is the time to get booking!

Lavenham Literary Festival


Buried in the heart of Suffolk you’ll find the village of Lavenham, a place as notable for its historical buildings as for its literary heritage. Although small in stature, the Lavenham Literary Festival nonetheless packs a punch with some of the finest authors of the land regularly making an appearance at their wintery festival. This year, from the 15th-17th November, the Festival will welcome Bridget Holding, Hannah Beckerman and TV’s Ruth Jones.

Jersey Festival of Words


This five-day literary event brings readers of all kinds to the island of Jersey for an enriching and exciting experience. Only in its fourth year, the Festival of Words has had no trouble in attracting all manner of notable writers including Michael Morpurgo, Simon Scarrow and Louis de Bernieres. This year will see another diverse lineup including Jenny Eclair, TV’s Michael Parkinson and Konnie Huq.

Ryedale Book Festival


This charitable organisation is dedicated to promoting a love of reading, storytelling and creative writing throughout Ryedale by working with schools , libraries and venues around the area. The Book Festival hosts a number of events throughout the year for readers of all ages including Ryedale Spookfest, a horror themed mini-festival, evening events and thrilling workshops with successful writers from around the country.

Upton Cressett Literary and History Festival


Tickets are usually extremely hard to come by for this literary event for the creme of the creme, however it’s an event that is more than worth the hassle of getting the tickets. This year’s event (which has already sold out!) will feature William Sitwell, Jane Thynne, Phillip Mould and novelist Nicholas Coleridge. As ever there will be a fine supply of food and drinks on hand, as well as Tudor costume dancing in the gardens throughout the day.

Are you thinking of attending one of these literary events? Or perhaps you’re going to another that we’ve not mentioned here – let us know by getting in touch!¬†