The best festivals for books this summer
Whatever you do this summer, it won't be complete without a trip to at least one of these brilliant festivals. As ever, this is an incomplete list and there are many others with equally wonderful events. If you've got a suggestion, we'd love to hear it!
Stoke Newington Literary Festival, London
5 – 7 June 2015
Founded in 2010 to celebrate Stokey's radical and literary history (previous residents include Mary Wollstonecraft, Edgar Allen Poe and Daniel Defoe), this north London festival is not to be missed. This year you'll catch Picador and Pan Macmillan's Anna Thomasson, David Whitehouse, M. J. McGrath, Pete Brown and Rebecca Wait, as well as Will Self, Nikesh Shukla, Caroline Criado-Perez and many more; there's also a Game of Thrones pub quiz, poetry galore, and a visit from the White Rabbit of Alice in Wonderland fame. Don't miss Literary Death Match on the Saturday night. Full programme.
16 – 19 July 2015
Where to start with this one? A stunning setting in the Suffolk countryside with alt-J, Laura Marling, The Boomtown Rats, The Vaccines among many fantastic others, PLUS: a whole tent devoted to all things literary, another for poetry and yet another for theatre (programmes coming soon). We also have our very own stand, which this year will have an Alice in Wonderland theme in honour of the book's 150th anniversary.
6 – 9 August 2015
Head over to the Secret Forum Fiction tent for some fiction, arts and philosophy fun, where Picador authors David Whitehouse and Sunjeev Sahota will be talking about falling in love with books; Molly McGrann, author of The Ladies of the House, will talk about the houses in London's Primrose Hill which serviced the workers building Kings Cross station; Rebecca Wait and Dylan Evans discuss cults and the psychology behind them; some of our very own editors give a behind-the-scenes look at how to get published AND there will, of course, be a literary classics quiz, in honour of our Picador Classic series.
And finally, join us for a glimpse into the dizzying world of the prominent, pioneering women who lived, loved and lost in the 1920s. Going beyond the clichés of the Roaring Twenties, we discover what was really going on inside these women’s heads and the intimate details of their numerous and often unlikely relationships.
Here's the full run down of Pan Mac events at Wilderness; there are loads of other fantastic sounding talks, debates and performances too – see you there!
Edinburgh International Book Festival
15 – 31 August 2015
We can reveal that these Picador authors will be in attendance: Ryan Gattis, author of All Involved, Belinda McKeon, whose novel Tender is out now, the inimitable Kate Tempest, the award-winning poet Robin Robertson, Liza Klaussmann of Tigers in Red Weather and Villa America fame, Station Eleven author Emily St John Mandel, Best of Young British Novelists winner Sunjeev Sahota, Aatish Taseer, author of The Way Things Were, Robert Seethaler will be coming over from Germany to talk about A Whole Life and, last but not least, Aleksandar Hemon will speak on The Making of Zombie Wars. Phew! You can catch the final two weeks of the Fringe Festival while you're there, too.
Green Man, Brecon Beacons
20 – 23 August 2015
The literature events for this infinitely wonderful festival are yet to be announced, but if the music and comedy line-ups are anything to go by then you should be rushing to get your tickets for this one. Screenings of Paddington, Inherent Vice, Under Milk Wood and more have been programmed, and the Nature Nurture area is always a welcome treat.
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