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 a Saturday close 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, and in 2019 plan to use:

  • The Bethesda Chapel
  • The Fox Inn
  • Hawkesbury Primary School
  • The Methodist Chapel and School Room
  • St Mary’s Parish Church

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.


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.

We also hold occasional fundraisers or take stalls at local events such as the Tennis Club Tabletop Sale on November 10th 2018.

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.