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Worldwide Summer Literary Festivals

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There is a wealth of literary festivities to enjoy across the world. This is just a smattering of possibilities, so get out and explore the world of reading and writing this summer.

Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival
June 20-22, 2014
Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival will be the first of its kind in the area with the aim of giving local people the opportunity to find out more about the art and craft of writing and the joys of reading.
Over 15 nationally known and local authors will be present during the weekend including names such as Joanna Trollope, David Starkey, Andy McNab, Melvyn Bragg, Lauren Child and Emma Bridgewater.

Elephant Mountain Literary Festival
July 10-13, 2014
Nelson, BC, Canada
This year’s theme of the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival is Intersections: Geography, Genre, Genius. Join a host of internationally celebrated Canadian presenters as we explore what happens in the crucible of the imagination. What factors converge to produce inspiration, creativity, and productivity? Appreciate what happens when different literary geographies and perspectives meet.

Africa Writes
July 11-13, 2014
London, England
Africa Writes – the Royal African Society’s annual literature and book festival promoting contemporary African writing – returns to The British Library. Africa Writes 2014 will bring together over 50 authors, poets, publishers and experts for a stimulating three days, including book launches, readings, panel discussions, performances, children and young people’s workshops, and a book fair.

Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival
July 17-20, 2014
Harrogate, England
Now in its 12th year, the Festival engages 13,000 people in lively thought-provoking debates about the written word, the changing roles of writers and readers, and literature’s response to, and effect upon, wider society. The Festival attracts attendance from the world’s leading Crime Fiction Authors, Publishers, Editors and Agents. This year there will be an exclusive appearance by J.K. Rowling, writing as Robert Galbraith.

Melbourne Writer's Festival
August 21-31, 2014
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The event aims to create conversations between writers and readers, so we have invited many of Australia's leading authors - and some exciting new talent -to do just that. Isobelle Carmody, Cath Crowley, Jackie French, Andy Griffiths, Shaun Tan and many more share their stories, ideas and inspiration.

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