Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Book Festivals in the UK

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| Top Ten… Book Festivals in the UK |

Despite a lifelong love of literature I have been to painfully few book or arts festivals. My only and thus most memorable festival was GollanczFest – a must for fans of modern science fiction and fantasy.

It was at GollanczFest 2015 that I discovered Aliette de Bodard, Richard K. Morgan and Sarah Pinborough; and it was at GollanczFest 2015 that I first met Ben Aaronovitch, Brandon Sanderson, Joe Hill and Joanne Harris. With incredible panels, talks, book sales and signings amongst so many brilliant and like-minded individuals, it really was a memorable experience.

Luckily, under normal circumstances, the UK boasts multiple world renowned literature festivals throughout the year which I have collated, in no particular order, into my Top Ten book festival wishlist.

Scroll down for this week’s Top Ten… Book Festivals in the UK.heart

| Speculative Fiction Festivals |

| 1. |


London / Manchester, England


| 2. |

Cymera Festival

Edinburgh, Scotland


| 3. |

Discworld Convention

Birmingham, England


| The Big Three |

| 4. |

The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts

Hay-on-Wye, Wales


| 5. |

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham, England


| 6. |

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh, Scotland


| Crime Fiction Festivals |

| 7. |

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

Norwich, England


| 8. |

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Harrogate, England


| Something Different |

| 9. |

Wealdon Literary Festival

Kent, England


| 10. |

Port Eliot Festival

Cornwall, England


Which books festivals have you been to? Which would you love to go to?

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47 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Book Festivals in the UK

  1. Frankfurter Buchmesse and Leipziger Buchmesse.
    First one is only 100km away but I’ve never attended. I always thought that my genre is undervalued in that snobby book business.

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  2. Great list! I love the Hay Festival, I was so sad not to be able to go this year, and I went to Cheltenham Festival last year and really enjoyed it. GollanczFest sounds like so much fun! I’d love to go to Port Eliot Festival too, purely because I adore Cornwall.

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    1. Oooh very nice!! Apparently the Port Eliot festival is no more due to costs! I was in awe of the pictures though – it looks so summery and fun!

      I do wish there were a few more up north though! 😂

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  3. At one stage I was on an organising committee for a Discworld convention here in Australia, even though I still haven’t been to one. I would also love to go to Hay.

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    1. I can’t claim them as my own – thank you official websites. I only wish I could have been to them!… Incidentally the only one I’ve been to I dont have any photos of!


  4. I don’t go to book festivals 😦 really should. The events company I work for used to provide all of the power/lighting etc … for Hayfest.

    Considering I live in the (east) midlands, I’m really not massively far away from any of these … well, except Haye 😂 should put the effort in

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  5. I’ve sadly never been to a literary festival, but I would love to and many of these sound great, so I will have to keep quite a few of these in mind once we are back to more normal life. Just got to think of someone to drag along with me 😅

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