Announcement and UK Literary Festivals April 2014

Before I launch into this month’s festival highlights, I have a small announcement to make about the posts over the next month. Those who follow regularly will be aware of my participation in this year’s April A to Z challenge and the launch of A Dictionary of Tales.

I’m wanting to keep April (almost) purely for the twenty-six flash fiction posts and so Top Tip Tuesday and Flash Fiction Friday will be on hiatus. Don’t worry folks, both will return in May and as Thain in Vain’s 52 week flash fiction challenge continues so will my murdering…interpretation of her prompts. I may even throw in a review or two…

Anyway, now that you’re all suitably bored…

This month’s picks of upcoming Literary Festivals throughout the UK.

Cambridge Literary Festival (1st – 6th April)

Formerly known as Cambridge Wordfest, the festival is now in its 11th year. This year the organisers are boasting a whopping 112 speakers and 16 workshops with guests including Jacqueline Wilson, Joanna Trollope and Germaine Greer.

Aye Write! Glasgow Book Festival/Wee Write(4th – 12th April)

This is the ninth annual Aye Write! Festival and if you don’t visit for the name alone at least do so for its line-up of guest speakers: Man Booker Prize Winner, Eleanor Catton; Michelle Collins; and, for the kids, Cbeebies presenter turned author, Cerrie Burnell.

London Book Fair (8th – 10th April)

Seen by many as the biggest literary trade show of the year, this year LBF has invited some of the biggest names in the industry. Guests include Kate Mosse, Katie Fforde, Michael Palin and Nick Hornby.

First Fictions (11th – 13th April)

This bi-annual festival aims to champion and celebrate new writing and innovative fiction. Speakers this year include Jackie Kay, William Nicholson and Philippa Gregory. Visitors can expect roundtable discussions on a number of exciting topics such as New Forms of Writing; Graphic Storytelling and New Ways of Reading; and Reinventing Historical Fiction.

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