Line drawing of The Fox

Illustration for our 2015 anthology by Sophie E Tallis

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. For the main event, our venues are The Fox Inn on the High Street and the Methodist Hall and Chapel in Back Street.  The venues for other events will be announced as we go. 


All the events at our April Festival are FREE to make it affordable for everyone. We’d rather you spent your money on buying our authors’ books! Just come along on the day – no advance booking required.


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.

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