Book festivals

Book festivals throughout the UK are a great place to hear and meet authors, and get inspired. Here are some of our favourite festivals with a strong nature writing presence.

Kendal Mountain Literature Festival

Live literature, spoken word and the Arts exploring creativity and connection in landscape, nature, people and place.

Wealden Book Festival

Wealden Literary Festival offers a chance to unearth some of the magic of the natural world and celebrate our relationship with place through literature, arts, crafts and food as well as creative workshops and hands-on outdoor activities.

Wigtown Book Festival

Fresh from celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018, the Wigtown Book Festival is one of the UK’s best-loved literary events and holds activities and events for all ages, including music, theatre, food and visual arts.

Hay Festival

An annual literature festival held in Hay-on-Wye in Wales for ten days from May to June.

Words by the Water Festival

Words by the Water is always challenging and thought-provoking. What better to do in spring than engage with some of the best thinkers, writers and commentators over the ten days of the festival?

Fort William Mountain Festival

A celebration of all things adventurous and outdoors, and what better place to hold the festival than in the Outdoor Capital of the UK itself. By bringing together outdoor enthusiasts from a whole variety of backgrounds, the festival aims to encourage others to get out and explore the wilderness around them.

Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festivals is a charity which feeds the human spirit. Its participation programmes reach out year-round and culminate at the town’s internationally-acclaimed Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland’s capital city. The current programme director is Nick Barley.