At each annual Festival, we have a terrific line-up of writers and artists, including a mixture of new faces and old friends who return each year because they enjoy it so much. 

As this is a free community event, we are dependent on these writers and artists giving their time free of charge, and we are extremely grateful for their support.

A list of the speakers at the 2018 Festival, at the foot of this page, provides an indication of the high quality and wide variety of our programme.

The 2019 programme has now been scheduled and will be announced as soon as we have confirmation from all the invited speakers.

  • No further applications can be considered for the 2019 Festival.
  • Applications for the 2020 Festival will open in September 2019..
  • The Festival Director’s decision is final.

Please note: applying does not guarantee a place in the Festival – spaces are limited. If you are not selected this year, please feel free to come along on the day as a member of the audience and to reapply for future Festivals.


This is list of authors, poets and illustrators who took part in the 2018 Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. Please feel free to contact any of them directly – they are all always very glad to hear from readers.

  • AA Abbott – author of thrillers and short stories
  • Ali Bacon – author of novels and short stories, who gives talks on her writing and performs her work at live events
  • Simon Bendry – WWI historian and author of a biography of all those on the Hawkesbury’s war memorial (and those who returned)
  • Lucienne Boyce – author of historical fiction and non-fiction
  • Celia Boyd – historical novelist
  • Dawn Brookes – memoirist and children’s writer
  • Martin Brown – writer for children and adults
  • Angela Buckley – true crime writer
  • Jean Burnett – historical and contemporary novelist
  • Bobbie Coelho – poet
  • Jason Conway – poet
  • Hereward Corbett – bookseller and proprietor of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
  • Professor William Fairney – retired Chartered Engineer who took up publishing after writing some biographies of 19th century engineers, also a member of Hawkesbury Writers
  • Barry Faulkner – crime writer
  • Angela Fitch – official Festival photographer
  • J J Franklin – aka Bren Littlewood, comes from a mental health and counselling background and wrote scripts before penning her first novel, a psychological thriller set in and around Stratford-upon-Avon featuring DI Turrell
  • Kate Frost – author of time-slip novels for children and contemporary women’s fiction
  • Dan Gooding – writer, Chair of CILIP Library & Information History Group and contributor to Information Professional magazine
  • Chris Gooding – photographer & curator of the Festival art exhibition
  • Jacci Gooding – short story writer, community radio presenter and Stratford Literary Festival Fringe organiser
  • Mel Golding – novelist and short story writer
  • Rod Griffiths – author of novels and short stories
  • Suzie Grogan – writer, researcher, blogger and broadcaster
  • Jenefer Heap – author of short stories about life and love for grownups, and rhymes about toast and poorly pythons for children
  • John Holland – award-winning short fiction writer from Stroud in Gloucestershire where he runs a twice-yearly event called Stroud Short Stories  which showcases and promotes local writers
  • Dan Holloway – novelist and performance poet who has spent his life trapped in a 1990s French art movie
  • Nicola Kelsall – novelist and artist
  • Mari Howard – novelist, poet and artist
  • Deborah Jones – novelist and short story writer
  • Joy Kenward – writing coach and author of historical fiction
  • Josephine Lay – author and poet
  • Peter Lay – non-fiction author
  • Michael MacMahon – nonfiction author and coach specialising in public speaking, retirement/ reinvention, and debt management
  • Rosalind Minett – character-based writing, impish tinges, dark edge rarely avoided
  • James Minter – novelist and children’s writer
  • Nastasya Parker – short story writer
  • Lynne Pardoe – author of social work stories with heart
  • David Penny – historical novelist
  • Mark Rutterford – writer and performer of short stories and flash fiction
  • Betty Salthouse author of children’s novels and a member of Hawkesbury Writers
  • Caroline Sanderson – journalist and author
  • Thomas Shepherd – author of magic realism stories set in this, or closely-related, worlds, and owned by seven cats, four chickens, two bunnies, and some fish
  • Katharine E Smith – novelist and founder of Heddon Publishing
  • Ellie Stevenson – coffee-fuelled author of history and mystery with a dash of the supernatural
  • Trevor Stubbs – author of young adult novels
  • Margaret Taylor – historical novelist
  • Jann Tracy – author of historical biography
  • Jo Ullah – writer and artist whose first novel, The Locksmith, – a psychological thriller, won Kindle Scout and is published by Kindle Press
  • Miranda Walker – children’s author and screenwriter
  • Edmund Weiner – Deputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary
  • Stella Wilkinson – novelist for young adults and new adults
  • David Williams – sharing the poetry of his late wife Joyce Williams
  • Shirley Wright  – poet, novelist and adoring cat owner
  • Debbie Young – author of the Sophie Sayers Village Mystery novels, short stories, and non-fiction, and founder and director of the  Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival

A great line-up of speakers kicking off the first panel discussion of the day: Ali Bacon, Jenny Heap, Mari Howard, Lynne Pardoe, Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn and Jackie Kabler (Photo: Thomas Shepherd)