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The Best Literary Festivals of 2022

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Reading glasses at the ready; there’s plenty for book-lovers to celebrate at these literary festivals

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Calling all book lovers; there’s plenty to be excited about on the 2022 literary calendar. Here are the literary festivals not to miss this year. 

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Best Literary Festivals of 2022

Braemar Literary Festival

What? Renowned hotel The Fife Arms is making its first foray into the world of words with a brand-new literary festival. For its inaugural event, the Braemar Literary Festival is collaborating with The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room to bring a host of authors to the Scottish town, alongside poets, public figures and artists. The line-up includes Scottish writers Ian Rankin and Jackie Kay, novelist and biographer Justine Picardie, former CEO of Faber & Faber Stephen Page, food writer Tom Parker Bowles and actress Genevieve Gaunt. The Fife Arms will also be offering a special package for festival goers complete with a launch dinner cooked by Angela Hartnett.

When? 7 – 9 October 2022

Where? Braemar, Scotland

How? thefifearms.com

Petworth Festival

Sebastian Faulks

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What? You can always guarantee a star-studded line-up of guests at this illustrious literary extravaganza. The 2021 event featured names like Gyles Brandreth, Joan Bakewell, Sebastian Faulks and Max Egremont, plus fun events for children including a Harry Potter wand making session and a quiz hosted by Andrew Pettie, the author of Listified, Britannica’s much-loved book of 300 lists. Stay tuned for details of the 2022 line-up.

When? 29 October – 6 November 2022

Where? West Sussex

How? petworthfestival.org.uk

Cheltenham Literature Festival

What? The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is the UK’s oldest literary festival. Each year’s fantastic line-up welcomes some of the best and brightest of the literary and entertainment spheres for an exciting programme of over 500 workshops, interviews and debates. Highlights for 2022 include Stanley Tucci, Kamila Shamsie, Ian McEwan, Mary Berry and many more top names.

When? 7 – 16 October 2022

Where? Select venues across Cheltenham

How? cheltenhamfestivals.com

North Cornwall Book Festival

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What? North Cornwall Book Festival offers something slightly different. As an independent, locally-run literary festival, this largely unknown event may not pull some of the bigger names you’ve seen at the country’s larger literary celebrations, however, for what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in passion and authenticity. With an abundance of workshops, readings and performances on offer across the weekend, this is certainly not one to miss.

When? 22 – 25 September 2022

Where? St Endellion Church, Port Isaac

How? ncornbookfest.org

DESIblitz Literature Festival

Saima Mir

What? DESIblitz Literature Festival is a celebration of the exceptional writing coming out of South Asia and its Diaspora. This year’s line-up included Sarfraz Manzoor, author of new book They: What Muslims and Non-Muslims Get Wrong About Each Other; writer Tahmima Anam, internationally acclaimed poet Imtiaz Dharker; and novelist Saima Mir, whose Bradford crime novel is currently being optioned for TV.

When? 2022 dates TBC

Where? Birmingham

How? desiblitz.com

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

What? This award-winning festival celebrates crime fiction at its best. Curated by chair Denise Mina, this year’s line-up included The Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins, Lynda La Plante and Michael Connelly, writer of the acclaimed Harry Bosch series. Festival favourite Val McDermid will also be returning with her New Blood panel, showcasing four exciting debut crime writers to look out for.

When? 2023 dates TBC

Where? Harrogate

How? harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

Queen’s Park Book Festival

Queen's Park Book Festival

What? Queen’s Park Book Festival boasts a wonderful literary history as a home to authors, artists, poets, and actors, carrying on this legacy by creating a platform for other young aspiring writers to be discovered. Visitors this year will have the chance to see names like Robert Harris, Clover Stroud and Juliet Rosenfeld, plus Oskar Jensen and Dr John Woolf will discuss the hidden stories of marginalized Victorians.

When? 17 – 18 September 2022

Where? Queen’s Park, London

How? queensparkbookfestival.co.uk

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

Susie Dent

John Lawrence

What? Previous speakers have included a host of literary icons, such as Louise Minchin, Sir Tim Waterstone, and Tom Bradby. In 2019, former Prime Minister David Cameron appeared for an exclusive conversation with James Langlade, the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent, discussing his controversial memoir For the Record. This year, speakers will include Susie Dent, David Lascelles, Stephen May, Susie Dent and more.

When? 20 – 23 October 2022

Where? Harrogate

How? harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

Cliveden Literary Festival

Cliveden House Hotel near London

What? Situated amongst the spectacular surroundings of British country estate, Cliveden House – renowned for its literary salons since 1666, favoured by the likes of Alexander Pope and Sir Winston Churchill – this historic literary festival is not one to be missed. This year, highlights include Succession‘s Brian Cox on becoming Logan Roy, expert panels on Putin’s Russia, and Louise Perry on the sexual revolution.

When? 15 – 16 October 2022

Where? Cliveden House, Buckinghamshire

How? clivedenliteraryfestival.org

London Literature Festival

What? There’s always a heavy-weight line-up of the biggest authors and speakers at the capital’s most talked-about literary festival of the year. Previous speakers have included the likes of Hilary Clinton, Philip Pullman and Tom Hanks take to the stage for individually-ticketed events. An equally sensational programme for 2022 includes Graham Norton, Anne-Marie, Malorie Blackman, plus a panel of climate voices hosted by Greta Thunberg.

When? 20 – 30 October 2022

Where? South Bank Centre

How? southbankcentre.co.uk

Henley Literary Festival

What? Henley Literary Festival returns this autumn with an impressive line-up of speakers, workshops, performances and Q&As with a long list of illustrious authors. Highlights include David Dimbleby, Ella Mills, Lenny Henry, Rosemary Shrager, Jenny Packham, Mel C and many more big names.

When? 1 – 9 October 2022

Where? A series of fantastic venues including Phyllis Court and The Hibernia at Hobbs Boat Yard.

How? henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

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