NEXT HULF TALK: Saturday 27th November 2021, 2-5pm
(ticket by advance booking only – more info here)

NEXT FESTIVAL: Saturday 30th April 2022 (a whole-day event)
(free admission, no booking required)

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

Unfortunately Covid restrictions obliged us to put the Festival on hold during 2020 and 2021, but we plan to be back in April 2022 with a bigger and better programme than ever.

line drawing of Hawkesbury Primary School

Hawkesbury Primary School is just one of six village venues that host HULF (illustration copyright T E Shepherd 2017)


The Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival takes place in the 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.


All the events at our main 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:

  • Our new HULF Talks – occasional single-venue, single-panel events held in between the main Festivals
  • Our stall at the
  • A literary scarecrow for the village scarecrow festival in October
  • A book-themed Christmas tree at the parish Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Church, in December
  • Stalls at community events such as Hawkesbury Horticultural Show in August,  jumble sales, table-top sales and Christmas shopping evenings and fairs

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