5 Literary Festivals
Summer Festivals Special
FEKP (Festival of the European Short Story)
Expand your horizons at this laid-back, youthful and polylingual Croatian festival happening in and around the cafes, nightclubs and bars of Zagreb, often finishing up with a riotous night of gigging, and attracting some of the best and brightest international writers in addition to some some big UK names.
Zagreb, Croatia, Sun 31 May-Fri 5 Jun, www.festival-price.profil.hr
For those who like even their literature to come with tents and (eccentric, well-heeled) wellies. This year’s lineup includes Vivienne Westwood, Jonathan Coe, Jackie Kay and Andrew Motion, which is not something you could ever say about T in the Park.
Southwold, Suffolk Thu 16-Sun 19 Jul, www.latitudefestival.co.uk
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Setting the standards for book festivals for 25 years now: marquees, civilised conversation and the very best guests. Look out for an appearance by new Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy too.
Edinburgh, Sat 15-Mon 31 Aug, www.edbookfest.co.uk
Brooklyn Book Festival
With Dave Eggers and Paul Auster on the committee, this one-day NYC fest guarantees hipster-lit. Isaac Asimov and his splendid whiskers are in attendance this year.
New York, Sun 13 Sep, www.brooklynbookfestival.org
Wigtown Book Festival
Scotland’s book town has caught Homecoming fever this year, and will be celebrating the Scottish literary diaspora and, er, the power of whisky.
Wigtown, Fri 25 Sep-Sun 4 Oct, www.wigtownbookfestival.com