Last month, I took a look at some of the literary events that had been going on in March, so I thought I’d give you another insight this month as to what was going on in the literary world in April.
2nd – 10th April Oxford Literary Festival
It was the 20th Oxford Literary Festival this April and was hosted by Oxford University’s Christ Church College. Visitors have the opportunity, over the 8 days of the festival, to go on guided literary walks and have lunches and dinners and with prominent authors. There is also a creative writing course as part of the programme that has been available since 2008. Events included: writing workshops for children, an interview of Ian McKellen, tours of Bodleian Libraries, African storytelling and philosophy workshops.
12th – 14th April London Book Fair
It celebrated its 45th anniversary and is a forum for the global distribution, sales and negotiation of content for a variety of different media outlets such as print, audio and television. Held in London, the event normally plays host to around 25,000 publishing professionals who partake in the trade exhibition.
16th – 24th April Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival
Aimed at children, all the way up from toddlers to teens, this festival, held at the National Museum in Cardiff, contains around 50 events to help inspire book loving children.
24th – 1st May Stratford Literature Festival
This festival has numerous events, such as debates, workshops, celebrity author events etc. and is dubbed as one of the most poignant literary festivals in the literary calendar based in the UK. The group that brings you the Stratford Literature Festival, also hosts education events for school children in the Stratford area using famous poets and authors in order to inspire children to read and work on their own writing.
27th April – 9th June European Literature Festival 2016
This is the 8th year that this festival has run with events being based all over the UK during the 6 week period that the festival is running for. The festival is a celebration of literature all over Europe, with more than 30 countries being involved. The first event will be on the 27th April at the British Library Piazza which is now home to the new Poetry Periscope. The periscope acts as a ‘Poetry Jukebox’, playing poems from 30 different countries and will remain at the Piazza of the British Library until 19th May. To find out more about what’s on during the festival, please use the following link to take a look at the programme