Literary festival

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A literary festival, also known as a book festival or writers' festival, is a regular gathering of writers and readers, typically on an annual basis in a particular city. A literary festival usually features a variety of presentations and readings by authors, as well as other events, delivered over a period of several days, with the primary objectives of promoting the authors' books and fostering a love of literature and writing.

Writers' conferences are sometimes designed to provide an intellectual and academic focus for groups of writers without the involvement of the general public.

There are many literary festivals held around the world. A non-exhaustive list is set out below, including dates when a festival is usually held (where available).

List of literary festivals[edit]

Notable literary festivals include:




Middle East[edit]


North America[edit]


South America[edit]


  1. ^ "Port Harcourt Book Festival". Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  2. ^ "Home – Edinburgh International Book Festival". Retrieved 20 December 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • Driscoll, Beth. "Sentiment analysis and the literary festival audience." Continuum 29.6 (2015): 861-873.
  • Driscoll, Beth, and Claire Squires. "Serious fun: Gaming the book festival." Mémoires du livre/Studies in Book Culture 9.2 (2018).
  • Johanson, Katya, and Robin Freeman. "The reader as audience: The appeal of the writers' festival to the contemporary audience." Continuum 26.2 (2012): 303-314.
  • Ommundsen, Wenche. "Literary festivals and cultural consumption." Australian Literary Studies 24.1 (2009): 19.
  • Robertson, Martin, and Ian Yeoman. "Signals and signposts of the future: Literary festival consumption in 2050." Tourism Recreation Research 39.3 (2014): 321-342.
  • Murray, Simone. The adaptation industry: The cultural economy of contemporary literary adaptation. Routledge, 2012.
  • Stewart, Cori. "The Rise and Rise of Writers’ Festivals." A Companion to Creative Writing (2013): 263-277.
  • Weber, Millicent. "Conceptualizing audience experience at the literary festival." Continuum 29.1 (2015): 84-96.
  • Weber, Millicent. Literary Festivals and Contemporary Book Culture. 2018.

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