NEXT HULF TALK: Saturday 29th October 2022, 2-5pm
with Simon Bendry, Lucienne Boyce, Bill Fairney, Clare Flynn,
Lizzie Lane, Nigel Messenger & Svitlana Rotayenko
at the Bethesda Chapel, Hawkesbury Upton GL9 1BA
Kindly sponsored by Hawkesbury Parish News



The Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival (HULF) is a series of public events celebrating books and reading. Founded by local author Debbie Young, it is now a permanent fixture in the Cotswolds’ cultural calendar.

HULF was originally launched in 2015 on World Book Night (Shakespeare’s birthday), the global celebration of books and reading that is focused on readers rather than authors. Its purpose was to provide an enjoyable and inclusive literary event for the local community, but soon grew to become a major event in multiple venues around the village attracting speakers and audience members from a very wide radius, including France and Australia.

Unfortunately Covid restrictions obliged us to cancel the 2020 and 2021 HULFs, and we have now relaunched the Festival in a different format to keep our community and all Festival-goers safe.


HULF Talks are a single-venue event on a specific theme, to be held every two or three months, with presentations and discussion by a panel of four authors. Our venue is the Bethesda Chapel in Park Street.

Here is our programme of HULF Talks for the rest of 2022:

Holiday Reads – Saturday 25th June 2022
The World at War – Saturday 29th October 2022
Books for Giving: Christmas Shopping Event – Saturday 30th November 2022

For more details and to book tickets, click on the red link at the top of this page.

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line drawing of Hawkesbury Primary School

Hawkesbury Primary School is just one of many village venues that have hosted HULF events (illustration copyright T E Shepherd 2017)


We are lucky to have so many venues in our beautiful village of Hawkesbury Upton 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 steep walk or short drive.


We deliberately keep admission prices as low as we can so that you can save your money to buy our authors’ books!

All our speakers generously give their time for free, so 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 support other local community events.

  • We run a stall at the Hawkesbury Village Show (August)
  • We enter a literary scarecrow in the annual village scarecrow festival (October)
  • We take stalls at community Christmas fairs (November-December)
  • We sponsor a book-themed Christmas tree at the parish Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Church (December)

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