Previous Years


Included Penelope Lively, Cynan Jones, Kit de Waal, Tessa Hadley, David Szalay, Olive Senior, Nikesh Shukla, Anne Enright, Mark Haddon and Jon McGregor

International Writer in Residence: Helen Klonaris

Read more about Helen and her amazing work on the residency main page.

Read a Q&A with Helen by the British Council here

Listen to a podcast with Helen by the British Council recorded at the Festival here

Read ‘Cowboy’, a fascinating, highly original story from her debut collection.

Picture Gallery 






Listen to an interview we held with local author Alison MacLeod, who appeared at the Festival. 


Included Ali Smith, Elmear McBride, Kei Miller, Sophie Hannah, Elif Shfak, Lional Shriver, Keving Barry, Petina Gappah, Philip Henser, Philip Hoard, Jacob Ross



Included Jane Gardam, Marina Warner, David Constantine, Leila Aboulela, Stuart Evers, Shirley Collins, Tash Aw, James Naughtie, Sarah Churchwell and Anthony Penrose


Included Margaret Atwood, Michel Faber, Kate Tempest, Edna O’Brien, Tatiana Salem Levy, Colin Barrett, Joseph O’Neill, Joao Gilberto Noll, Harriet Walter and Anthony Holden

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