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Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
6th - 8th November
The UK's leading annual celebration of international contemporary poetry with readings, workshops, national and international poets.

Aye Write! Book Festival
17th -25th March
The programme covers new work, well-known authors and thought-provoking debates.

Bath Literature Festival
Feb - March
A well-established ten days of literary events, encompassing writing in all its forms. The festival is fast gaining a reputation for presenting the very best in local, national and international writers to an ever-increasing audience.

Belfast Book Festival
8th - 14th June
Based at the Crescent Arts Centre, the festival will feature readings and talks covering a wide range of literary genres.

Essex Poetry Festival
16th September - 21st October
A series of workshops and readings around the county.

Folkestone Book Festival
20th - 29th November
Takes place over nine days and includes literary events as well as music, comedy and film.

The Guardian Hay Festival
21st - 31st May
An annual festival with over 400 events for writers, comedians and musicians.

Huddersfield Literature Festival
3rd - 13th March
Events are held across the town, offering a mix of genres including poetry, short stories, novels and performance.

Ilkley Literature Festival
2nd - 18th October
Events include discussions, readings, performances, workshops, literary walks and poetry.

International Literature Festival Dublin
16th - 24th May
Readings by well-known Irish and international writers around the city centre.

The King's Lynn Literature Festivals
13th - 15th March, 25th - 27th September
The festivals are held during a single weekend in March (Fiction) and September (Poetry) each year. Events include writers of international repute alongside new writers from all genres.

The Ledbury Poetry Festival
3rd - 12th July
The biggest poetry festival in the UK. The programme features poets and performers from all over the world. There are live readings, performances, workshops, open mics, music, exhibitions, films and family events.

Rye Festival
11th - 27th September
A music and literature festival which includes all genres, discussions and book signings.

4th - 8th March
Scotland's Poetry Festival covers all forms of poetry. Events include readings, performances and discussions

Oxford Literary Festival
21st - 29th March
Events include talks, creative writing programmes, workshops, walking tours and children's events.

Wells Festival of Literature
9th - 17th October
Features well-known writers and poets. Events include readings, workshops, discussions and competitions.

York Literature Festival
28th February - 15th March
Covers a wide range of events including theatre, creative writing workshops, author signings, storytelling, talks, poetry and guided walks around York's places of literary interest.

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