We receive no public funding for the Festival and are dependent on the generosity of the participating authors and illustrators, who very kindly appear for no fee or expenses, and to kind gifts from sponsors. Please don’t hesitate to contact us  via this form if you would like to make a donation or know of local organisations who might be happy to help.

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Our new Festival map has been kindly sponsored by Hawkesbury Writers (Map copyright T E Shepherd)

With thanks to Current and Past Sponsors & Supporters

You may sponsor with a financial donation or in kind, and you may pick an individual event to sponsor, or provide a general donation to be used where most needed.


Hawkesbury Writers, the group of local writers responsible for the Monument to Hawkesbury trilogy of local history books, have been long-term supporters and frequent sponsors of HULF. Over the years, they have donated thousands of pounds from sales of their books to village organisations and ventures. With their trilogy now complete, and with several of their members moving away from the parish, they are now winding up their bank account, and are very kindly sharing their closing balance with local groups, including a generous £125 donation to the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. We are hugely grateful for all their support over the years and will continue to recommend their excellent books to our audiences.


We are enormously grateful to the Hawkesbury Parish News for sponsoring us to the sum of £280, to be used to cover the hire of the Bethesda Chapel for four HULF Talks, in April, June, October and November 2022. The Parish News is an amazing local publication, run by volunteers, and they donate all their profits to local causes. So not only do they benefit the community by keeping us all up to date with local news and events, they also help fund countless activities and facilities for local residents.


After nearly two years of no Festival events due to the pandemic, we were extremely grateful to receive sponsorship from one of the world’s leading rare book dealers, Peter Harrington. They kindly funded the venue hire for our November 2021 and January 2022 HULF Talks, and we were thrilled to also share the film made for them by Hawkesbury author, award-winning documentary maker and HULF guest speaker John Ruthven. One Hundreds Seconds to Midnight, about a unique collection of books about climate spanning the last 2,000 years.


With thanks to the pledges received for 2019 for the following:

  • Hawkesbury Parish News has presented us with a generous donation of £250 which will cover the cost of hiring all the venues involved in the Festival and also leave change to make a significant contribution towards our printing costs for programmes, postcards and bookmarks.
  • Hawkesbury Writers have kindly sponsored the cost of commissioning a beautiful and useful map by T E Shepherd to help festival-goers find the various venues
  • Head Start Studio is to sponsor the British Film institute licence required for our public showing of the Suffragette-themed vintage film, Make More Noise. This will be financed by the money raised there all year round via the sale of secondhand books.
  • Non-fiction author, travel writer and content marketing specialist Jay Artale is also kindly providing social media support to help us raise awareness of the Festival via Twitter. Find out more about Jay’s books and services at her website: www.birdsofafeatherpress.com.
  • Sid Crighton of Orange Dog Audio will generously provide audio systems in each of our venues to make all our events more accessible for all
  • Thelma Amer, for sponsoring the materials for the art workshops and the art exhibition
  • Badminton Estate, Hawkesbury Primary School, Renishaw and Bill and Linda Fairney for allowing us to display our publicity banners on their property
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Hawkesbury Writers is a local group raising funds for village causes through sales of their trio of Monument to Hawkesbury history books, pictured here in the garden of the Beaufort Arms


Many thanks to the Hawkesbury Writers for kindly sponsoring the new Art Exhibition, which was a great success in the beautiful setting of the Methodist Chapel and Schoolroom.

Thanks too to Natasha Harding at Head Start Studio in the High Street for selling secondhand books for us all year round, to help us keep our Festival free to attend.

Special thanks to Thelma Amer for her generous personal donation.


We are extremely grateful to two previous sponsors for their continuing generosity in helping us keep the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival free for everyone to attend in 2017:

  • Hawkesbury Parish News, for sponsoring us in kind by printing a programme for each of their subscribers
  • Hawkesbury Writers, for a £100 grant to cover the costs of promotional bookmarks to help us spread word about the Festival in advance and to provide a free souvenir for visitors on the day
  • Waitrose Chipping Sodbury, for nominating us as a beneficiary of their fabulous green token Community Matters scheme in February 2017

We would also like to thank the generous support of the three Festival venues for allowing us to use their premises: The Fox Inn, the Methodist Chapel and the Bethesda Chapel. These very special places all add to the Festival’s special charm.


Huge thanks to our sponsors for the 2016 Festival:

  • Flavours of Italy at the Fox Inn, for allowing us to use them as a venue and for their practical support and advice – and lots of furniture shifting!
  • Hawkesbury Parish Council, for a £25 grant towards our operating costs
  • Hawkesbury Parish News, for a £50 grant towards the cost of printed programmes
  • Hawkesbury Village Hall Committee, for lending us their chairs in return for a token donation
  • Hawkesbury Writers, for a £100 grant to cover the costs of promotional bookmarks to help us spread word about the Festival in advance and to provide a free souvenir for visitors on the day
  • South Gloucestershire Library Services, for lending us the Mobile Library van for the day
  • Waitrose Chipping Sodbury, for a £15 gift voucher used for cafe supplies
  • Lisa White for kindly sponsoring the hire of the Methodist Hall and Chapel


Our sponsors in 2015 were Hawkesbury Writers and Waitrose Chipping Sodbury, and we are very grateful to them for their support.

Waitrose, via its Chipping Sodbury branch, provided a share of its April 2015 green token scheme takings. For more information about how that works, read our news story here.