NEXT FESTIVAL: Saturday 27th April 2019 (10am-5.30pm) 

The Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival is a FREE public event celebrating books and reading. Founded in 2015 by local author Debbie Young, it is now a permanent fixture in the Cotswolds’ cultural calendar on the closest Saturday to World Book Night, the global celebration of books and reading that is focused on readers rather than authors.


Lynne Pardoe's line drawing of the Methodist Chapel

The Methodist Chapel and Hall provided additional Festival venues from 2016 (Drawing by Lynne Pardoe)

The April Festival beautiful Cotswold village of Hawkesbury Upton (no surprises there), on the Cotswold Way, on the southern border of Gloucestershire. We have used a variety of venues around the village over the years.

In 2018, the Festival’s main programme of talks, readings and children’s events was held at Hawkesbury Primary School in the High Street, a delightful listed Victorian building enhanced by modern amenities. Our Wonderland Cafe Bookshop was situated in the school hall, making the school the hub of our Festival.

We will also ran for the first time an associated Art Exhibition in the Methodist Hall in Back Street, with the Methodist Chapel open a quiet space for rest and contemplation away from the hubbub of the main events.

The School and the Chapel are just a pleasant five-minute walk apart down the High Street.


All the events at our Festival are FREE to make it affordable for everyone. So just come along on the day – no advance booking required.

Save your money to buy our authors’ books! Please try to buy at least one book on the day as a thank-you to those who have given their time voluntarily to make this event free for you to attend.


We also stage smaller events at other times of the year to keep the momentum going, e.g. our Pop-up Festival at the Hawkesbury Horticultural Show in August.

Visit the Downloads page for a printable pdf of the full programme of our most recent Festival to give you a flavour of next year’s event.

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We look forward to sharing our love of books and reading with you.