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. 

Brad Borkan, keynote speaker at HULF 2019

“Speaking at Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival has been one of the highlights of my career as an author.” – Brad Borkan, Keynote Speaker, HULF 2019

To find out what Brad Borkan and other past speakers have thought of their HULF experience, please visit the Festival blog here: www.hulitfest.com/blog

Applications for each Festival will open in the previous September and close at the end of November. For 2022, we will be reviving the programme we had planned for the 2020 event, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Please note that because this is a free Festival, entirely staffed by unpaid volunteers including the director, no speaker fees or expenses are paid. (This stance has the approval of the Society of Authors, as no ticket prices are received.) Please only apply if you agree to take part on this basis.

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 apply for future Festivals.

2022 FESTIVAL SPEAKERS (subject to confirmation early 2022)

  • AA Abbott – author of thrillers and short stories
  • Sallie Anderson – short story writer
  • Jay Artale – travel writer and digital nomad
  • Ali Bacon – author of novels and short stories, who gives talks on her writing and performs her work at live events
  • Cath Barton – short story writer
  • Anna Belfrage – author of historical and time travel novels
  • Steve Berry – mountaineer, explorer and non-fiction author
  • Lucienne Boyce – author of historical fiction and non-fiction
  • Brad Borkan –  author and motivational speaker
  • Jean Burnett – historical and contemporary novelist
  • Anna Chelmicka – author of non-fiction
  • Heather Child – children’s author
  • Carol Cooper – author of contemporary fiction
  • Terri Daneshyer – children’s author
  • Jayne Davis – historical novelist
  • Valerie Dickenson – crimewriter
  • Felicity Everett – contemporary novelist
  • 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
  • Christine Foster – novelist and author of self-help guide
  • Lorna Fergusson – writing coach, editor and novelist
  • Clare Flynn – historical novelist
  • Kate Frost – author of time-slip novels for children and contemporary women’s fiction
  • Helena Halme – author of Nordic contemporary fiction
  • 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
  • Helen Hollick– author of historical fiction and fantasy
  • Dan Holloway – performance poet, novelist and creator
  • Mark Horrell– mountaineer and travel writer
  • Edward James – historical novelist
  • Phil Kirby – poet and director of Writers at the Goods Shed, Tetbury
  • Alexandra Killworth – novelist, artist and the youngest author at the Festival
  • TD Lama – children’s author
  • Nima Lee– author of short stories set in the Chinese Cultural Revolution
  • John Lynch – novelist, ghostwriter and publisher
  • Kate Macdonald – publisher
  • Michael MacMahon – nonfiction author and coach specialising in public speaking, retirement/ reinvention, and debt management
  • Patricia Main – biographer
  • Elaine C Miles – short story writer
  • Rosalind Minett – character-based writing, impish tinges, dark edge rarely avoided
  • Alison Morton – author of alternative historical fiction
  • Justin Newland – author of historical fiction and fantasy
  • Stephen Oram – author of near-future speculative fiction
  • David Penny – historical novelist
  • Lexi Rees- children’s author
  • Jenifer Roberts – author of historical non-fiction
  • Orna Ross– novelist, poet, and founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors
  • 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 – books journalist and author
  • Thomas Shepherd – author of magic realism stories, artist and illustrator of The Booklover’s Guide to Bookshops (coming soon)
  • John Simpson – Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary
  • Katharine E Smith – novelist and founder of Heddon Publishing
  • Amanda Staples – short story writer
  • Ellie Stevenson – coffee-fuelled author of history and mystery with a dash of the supernatural and consultant to authors
  • Trevor Stubbs – author of young adult novels
  • Roger Turner – poet and author of fiction and non-fiction
  • Jann Tracy – author of historical biography
  • Jo Ullah – writer and artist
  • Edmund Weiner – Deputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary
  • Steve Wheeler – author of short stories
  • Shirley Wright  – poet, novelist and adoring cat owner
  • Debbie Young – author of village mystery stories, short stories and non-fiction, and founder and director of the  Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival
photo of Gerri Kimber addressing the audience

At HULF 2019, Dr Gerri Kimber’s talk about Katherine Mansfield went down very well