Felixstowe Book Festival


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After a hugely popular first year, Felixstowe Book Festival returns for another exciting weekend of events. There’s something for everyone, from writing workshops to children’s storytelling, sporting memoirs to crime fiction. We have a brilliant programme full to the brim with poetry, non-fiction, fiction and writing events. Our Suffragette-themed Vintage Tea Parties and Gala Dinner with Steven Gauge are not to be missed. In this centenary year we have many events to commemorate the First World War including a multi-arts extravaganza Holding the FortWe’ll also be exploring contemporary Polish literature. We are delighted to have as our festival read the latest book by acclaimed author Tobias Hill, What Was Promised.

The first Festival took place in June 2013 and exceeded all our expectations! The idea for the festival was born when Felixstowe resident Meg Reid attended the Cambridge Word Fest and thought to herself “why can’t Felixstowe have its own book festival? Why should other towns have all the fun?” Nearly all the 41 events in 2013 sold out, and the town was buzzing all weekend.

We received great feedback from festival goers, who said that it was a “brilliant weekend” with an “unbelievable array of writers and events”that they “enjoyed every minute of the weekend” and “wow what an amazing event!”

On this website you will find all the information you need about our festival events and visiting speakers. Budding writers

Authors Rosie Thornton (left) and Linda Gillard (right) talk to Hannah Rowe (centre) at 2013 festival.

Authors Rosie Thornton (left) and Linda Gillard (right) talk to Hannah Rowe (centre) at 2013 festival.

make sure you check out our  Short Story Competition and Workshops pages. For the young (and young at heart) we have an exciting Children’s Programme and Poetry Competition. On our Schedule you will find a handy colour-coded chart that will help you plan your weekend at the festival. Early bird weekend passes go on sale on Monday 7th April and all other tickets are available from Monday 14th April, visit our ticket page for all the information about how to get your hands on the hottest tickets around!  


Felixstowe Book Festival is the perfect opportunity to meet your favourite authors and discover some new ones. It’s a weekend for all who love to read and it’s not to be missed!


Media partner

Felixstowe Book Festival couldn’t take place without our wonderful funders and sponsors: Arts Council England, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, The British Council, The Polish Cultural Institute, Jackamans Solicitors, Seaport Freight, The Co-op, Kingsfleet Wealth, The Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe Town Council and Gipping Homes.

Keep a look out in our Media Partner publication, Suffolk Magazine, for exclusive festival articles and interviews.