Welcome

NEXT FESTIVAL: Saturday 25th April 2020 (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 a Saturday close to World Book Night, the global celebration of books and reading that is focused on readers rather than authors.

Click here to download a printable pdf of the 2019 Festival programme.

line drawing of Hawkesbury Primary School

Hawkesbury Primary School is just one of five village venues to be used at the 2019 Festival (illustration copyright T E Shepherd 2017)

WHERE 

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, including:

  • Hawkesbury Primary School
  • Hawkesbury Village Hall
  • The Bethesda Chapel
  • The Methodist Chapel and School Room
  • The Church of St Mary the Virgin
  • The Fox Inn

With the exception of St Mary’s, these venues are all a pleasant five-minute walk apart down the High Street. St Mary’s is a longer but beautiful walk or short drive.

ADMISSION

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.

OTHER EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

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.

We will also be sponsoring a Christmas tree at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Church, Hawkesbury, in December.

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

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