Delve deeper into England’s literary heritage on a visit to these special events celebrating the lives and works of the country’s greatest writers, and well-loved fictional creations.
This annual celebration of books has planned an all-star line-up of authors and illustrators to help it celebrate its 20th anniversary.
25 March – 2 April
Enjoy a packed programme of literary, political, historical, environmental and culinary talks and events, as well as join guided literary walks, lunches and dinner parties with prominent authors.
11 – 19 May
This year, a series of screenings accompanied by live orchestras will help mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
11 March – 8 July
This exhibition gives a unique insight into the origins of some of Quentin Blake’s most popular creations, from his illustrations for Roald Dahls classic children’s books to The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams.
June – September
Follow the Sitting With Jane public art trail of 25 ‘book benches’ in and around Basingstoke as part of the global celebrations on the 200th anniversary of the novelist’s death.
17 – 25 June
This nine-day festival will be packed with all things Austen, including Regency-style music, dining, drama, talks and guided walks and tours, as well as Victorian cricket and a Regency Ball.
11 March – 3 September
This series of events celebrates 75 years of The Famous Five and will feature across all four RHS gardens, each will offer family activities inspired by Enid Blyton’s adventure tale, including themed adventure trails, garden displays, craft workshops and storytelling.
14 – 17 September
Britain’s boldest, bloodiest crime-writing festival returns to the medieval lanes of Norwich and the atmospheric Dragon Hall, mixing together author talks and Q&As with workshops for aspiring writers.
Enjoy over 500 talks, workshops and performances touching upon subjects as diverse as history, politics, sport, food and fashion.
Find out more about the Cheltenham Literature Festival
20 October 2017 – 28 February 2018
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the British Library will host a new exhibition dedicated to the magic of Harry Potter.
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