By Maria Bregman
If you are a book lover, there is no better time to visit the United Kingdom than February 2024. The month is packed with literary festivals that offer the chance to meet your favorite authors, discover new books, and immerse yourself in the culture and history of Britain. Whether you prefer classics or contemporary, fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, there is something for everyone at these five literary events.
London Book Fair
The London Book Fair is the ultimate destination for anyone interested in the publishing industry. From March 12 to 14, you can explore the latest trends, innovations, and opportunities in the global book market. You can also attend more than 100 seminars on topics ranging from diversity and inclusion to digital transformation and sustainability. You can also network with publishers, agents, authors, and media professionals from around the world. And don’t miss the chance to see the winners of the prestigious London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, which celebrate the best of the book business.
Oxford Literary Festival
The Oxford Literary Festival is a must-see for fans of intellectual and literary debates. From March 16 to 24, you can hear from some of the most brilliant and influential minds in the fields of literature, politics, science, and art. You can also enjoy performances, exhibitions, and tours in the stunning venues of Oxford, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Some of the confirmed speakers for 2024 include Armistead Maupin, Caroline Lucas, George The Poet, Christian Lewis, and Jackie Kay.
Stratford Literary Festival
The Stratford Literary Festival is a celebration of literature and the arts in the charming town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The festival takes place twice a year, in May and October, and features a diverse schedule of events and workshops for all ages and interests. You can listen to talks by bestselling authors, join creative writing classes, watch theatrical performances, and participate in interactive activities. The spring edition of the festival will run from May 1 to 5, 2024.
The Hay Festival is one of the most famous and influential literary festivals in the world. Every year, it attracts thousands of visitors to the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye, which is also known as the “town of books” for its abundance of secondhand and antiquarian bookshops. The festival brings together literature and the arts, with a focus on global issues and big ideas. You can expect to see some of the biggest names in the literary world, as well as policy makers, pioneers, and innovators from various fields. The festival will take place from May 23 to June 2, 2024.
Cambridge Literary Festival
The Cambridge Literary Festival is another spring festival that showcases the best writers, speakers, and ideas in the country. The festival takes place in the beautiful and historic town of Cambridge, home to one of the world’s top universities. You can attend talks, panels, and workshops with poets, authors, and other literary figures, covering a wide range of genres and topics. The festival will run from April 17 to 21, 2024, and the priority booking will open on February 1.
These are just some of the literary events that you can enjoy in the United Kingdom in February 2024. Whether you are looking for inspiration, education, or entertainment, you will find it at these festivals. So book your tickets, pack your bags, and get ready for a literary adventure.