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  • Writer's pictureIan Brooks

UK and Ireland Literary Festivals - July 2023

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July is a quiet month when it comes to Literary Festivals in the UK and Ireland. There are three festivals going ahead (if you know of any more please let me know and I will update).

West Cork Literary Festival – July 7th-14th

Excitement lies ahead as international and domestic literary heavyweights descend upon the beautiful coastal town of Bantry in West Cork. The West Cork Literary Festival boasts a stellar cast and runs from the 7th to the 14th of July.

Kickstarting proceedings will be Literary Agent supremo, Sallyanne Sweeney of Mulcahy Sweeney Associates with her online talk on being an agent. Also in attendance throughout the week will be Clara Kumagai, Donal Ryan, John Banville, Graham Norton, Dave Rudden and many more.

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – July 20th-23rd

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is set for its 20th anniversary this year as it welcomes crime writing aficionados from all over to the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. This year’s programme boasts a veritable Who’s Who of titans in the crime fiction world, including Val McDermid, Lee Child, Andrew Child, Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware and many more.

Not to be missed if you are a lover of crime fiction!

Primadonna – July 28th-30th

The Primadonna book festival is focused on providing a book festival experience for people not usually interested in such events. The line-up is all-inclusive and gives prominence to women, Black and Asian artist, the LGBTQIA+ community, working class and disabled people. It takes place at the Food Museum in Stowmarket, Suffolk.

The festival is filled with live music, comedy, food, drink, DJs and therapies as well as three days of workshops. The festival also boasts a wellness area, ensuring everyone is well looked after.

Attendees will get the chance to visit events including Jacqueline Crooks, Andi Osho, JB Gill, Emma Kennedy, Angela Saini, Diana Evans, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and many more!

So if you’re a lover of all things literary and are thinking of attending a festival this July, think about checking out one of the three mentioned above. You won’t be disappointed!


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