Pack up your exhibition graphics and head to one of these book festivals!
There’s nothing quite like a good book festival to widen your reading horizons and open your mind to new ideas. The UK’s literary history is a truly iconic one, so it’s unsurprising that the country is littered with excellent festivals and events that bring book lovers from all over the country together to take part in discussions, panel interviews and readings. Publishers small and large, from all over the country gather at these festivals to show off their new publications, tout their new authors and build hype for upcoming releases.
The best book festivals give readers the chance to expand their library, meet like-minded readers and talk to some of the people that have written their favourite books. Whilst major publishers tout their wares with vinyl decals, smaller book sellers are content to simply lay out trestle tables with a chalk board sign and gingham cloth as their only advertising ploy. Take a look at a few of the UK’s most notorious book festivals and see if any take your fancy…
Edinburgh International Book Festival
10th-26th August 2019
If you’ve not visited Scotland before then why not take a trip to the Edinburgh International Book Festival? Once a year a tented village is erected in the centre of the city and over 1000 authors including philosophers, comic creators, historians and economists gather to show off their new books. Political leaders such as Jeremy Corbyn have spoken at the even and his year’ event is likely to be no different.
20th-22nd September 2019
If your tastes in reading are particularly gruesome then you may want to time your trip to Scotland a little later in the year so that you can pop in to Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival. Every sub-genre of crime will be in attendance, including fictional forensics, psychological thrillers and even a bit of cosy crime, for those who can’t stand the gory details.
Verve Poetry Festival
20th-23rd February 2020
The UK is well known for its poetry pedigree and there’s no better place to get a grip with it’s historic lineage (and its exciting upcoming stars) than by visiting Birmingham’s newest, most exciting literary festival. Taking place in the centre of the city and just a short walk away from New Street Station, Verve offers visitors the opportunity to meet award-winning poets, take on a challenge at an open mic and attend workshops to help them sharpen their craft.
23rd May-2nd June 2020
Arguably one of the best known literary festivals in the world, the Hay Festival attracts thousands of readers young and old for a huge range of events that are intended to inspire and educate. On top of this fantastic literary lineup you’ll also find a wide range of award-winning food stalls and a plenty of opportunities to fill up a glass of real ale or lovely artisan drinks.