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The UK’s Best Literary Festivals: Spring/Summer 2020

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Music festivals not your bag? Try a book festival instead!

Nothing says British summer time quite like a festival, but loud stages and packed crowds don’t quite fit the bill for everyone. Avid readers and fans of all thing’s literature should check out the UK’s generous offerings of book festivals, a great chance to find a new favourite author, hear beloved wordsmiths’ talk and perhaps pick up a paperback or two! 

York Literature Festival
19 – 28 March 2020 
York, North Yorkshire 
Start the year off right with a trip to York for the North of England’s foremost literature festival. With events spread across a variety of beautiful venues, this festival simultaneously celebrates award-winning literature and the beauty and history of the city of York. Filling York St John University, St Peter’s School, York Art Gallery and many more, the festival offers written and spoken word events for both adults and kids. This year’s speakers include Melvyn Bragg and Milly Johnson, with further events on how to write and how to be published giving you a dose of insider knowledge. Our favourite event? Get your kids together for a live performance of Roal Dahl’s favourite The Twits.  
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Aye Write
12 – 29 March 2020
Glasgow, Lanarkshire 
You’re not too late to catch Glasgow’s premier literature festival, taking place from now until the end of March. With events in three city centre locations, The Mitchell Library, Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, this three-week event offers a range of events to suit everyone. Bringing back their popular series ‘The Book that Made Me’, this is the chance to see your favourite celebs and writers talk about the books that inspire them. Catch Joanna Trollope, Prue Leith and Tom Kerridge (amongst many others, of course) in Glasgow throughout March, covering topics such as politics, social media, feminism and other vital social issues. 
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Black British Book Festival
25 April 2020 
Aston, Birmingham 
If you only have one day to fit in a literary fair, make sure it’s this one. Located at the Legacy Centre of Excellence, this Birmingham festival promises to celebrate black authors across all genres of adult and children’s literature! Their guest speakers haven’t yet been announced but the day’s itinerary is filled with live workshops, exhibitions, author talks and a children’s reading corner! Taking place from 11am till 8pm, this will certainly be an excellent day out for finding a brand-new book to read and possibly discovering some brand-new authors and novelists on the scene. 
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Stratford Literary Festival
9 – 17 May 
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Where better to celebrate literature both old and new than in the hometown of William Shakespeare? Now in its 13thyear, the Stratford Literary Festival boasts plenty of events and activities for both young readers and adult bookworms. A selection of talks taking place at a variety of venues across the town include renowned children’s author Sir Michael Morpurgo, SASbad-ass Ollie Ollerton and environmental campaigner Chris Goodall. Each event is separately ticketed and discount tickets are available for students – check out the listings before the more popular events sell out! 
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Hay Festival
21 – 31 May 2020 
Hay-on-Wye, Powys 
A natural spot for one of the best UK literary festivals, Hay-on-Wye is a book-based town with over 20 bookshops! True bookworms can double up with a trip to the town in May, attending Hay Festival as well as rooting through half a dozen second-hand bookshops. The full line-up of events for 2020 has yet to be announced, but events featuring Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour, Gloria Steinem and Sandi Toksvig are already selling fast. Each festival day promises plenty of stuff to do for both kids and adults alike. Get hands-on with some DIY at the Make & Take section, enjoy story telling at the Cube workshop or simply enjoy some tasty street food and catch an author’s talk! 
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