Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival is set in Northwood House, a magnificent Grade II* listed late Georgian manor house.

The Festival was launched in 2012 and grows in success each year, attracting prestigious speakers across a wide range of subjects.

Jeremy Irons to open Isle of Wight Literary Festival with Hunting of the Snark

Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons will open the free digital literary festival by bringing Lewis Carroll’s enigmatic nonsense poem - The Hunting of the Snark - to life

Wednesday, 30th September, 2020 8:34am

By Janet Allan with one comment

Isle of Wight Literary Festival goes online for 2020

computer keyboard with a pair of glasses and notepad and pens

Organisers of The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival today announced that, for the first time ever, this year’s Festival will take place digitally, across three days

Wednesday, 12th August, 2020 6:07pm

By Janet Allan

Support independent Isle of Wight bookshops, says MP

bob seely and gail middleton posing in bookshop for photo

Bob Seely says small independent bookshops provide a social hub, as well as contributing to the fabric of our town centres

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 1:12pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 5 readers' comments

Three cheers for champion Isle of Wight storytellers

The winners 2018

Well done to all the young people who took party in the ‘Great Telling Off’ at the 2018 Isle of Wight Literary Festival, especially the champions as voted for by the audiences.

Wednesday, 24th October, 2018 4:44pm

By Sue Bailey

‘Papa Owl Goes to Rocket Island’ out now: See at Literary Festival Youth Zone

Rocket Island Project

You can buy your copy of the latest Papa Owl book written by Michael Lilley and illustrated by Helen Stiles, whilst taking part in a rocket-making activity at the Youth Zone of the Isle of Wight Literary Festival.

Saturday, 20th October, 2018 9:18am

By Michael Lilley

Isle of Wight Literary Festival returns to Northwood House for a seventh year

literary festival image

As well as 60 speakers on a variety of subjects, this year's Isle of Wight Literary festival closes on Sunday with a Politics Panel that promises a lively finale addressing questions posed by the audience.

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018 12:05pm

By Janet Allan

Isle of Wight Literary Festival brings book-loving pupils together

St Francis Primary exterior:

Pupils at St Francis took part in a number of activities last week that included book-related arts and crafts and a whole school ‘theatre in the round’ to share a love of the books.

Tuesday, 17th October, 2017 7:54pm

By Gill Crossley

Head to the Isle of Wight Literary Festival for ‘The Great Telling Off’

Story telling

Book your free seat to see school children tell the stories they created after workshops with storytellers, Sue Bailey and Margaret Bateson Hill. A prize-giving follows the audience's public vote.

Thursday, 12th October, 2017 8:29am

By Sue Bailey

Local author makes a splash with competition to launch her latest book

Zoe Sadler Colouring

To celebrate the launch of her latest book, children’s author and illustrator Zoe Sadler has teamed up with Waterstones to run a colouring competition.

Thursday, 5th October, 2017 8:15am

By Zoe Sadler

Plenty of free sessions at Isle of Wight Literary Festival Youth Zone

Fran Jules Zoe

There are lots of free sessions for children and young people at this year's Isle of Wight Literary Festival, featuring many Island authors.

Tuesday, 26th September, 2017 11:35am

By Krissy Lloyd

Isle of Wight author honours pledge of free book for all schools

Shalfleet Book launch

Pupils from Shalfleet CE School helped the author by giving feedback on her story and illustrations before she published ‘On the Trail of the Missing Pets’, the first in series of fictional adventures set in history.

Tuesday, 13th June, 2017 3:06pm

By Marianne Cheung

New writing group aims to support budding wordsmiths

Zoe Sadler and Krissy Lloyd, founders of West Wight Writers

A new writing group has been founded in West Wight to help other budding writers. The first meeting takes place early next month.

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 2:25pm

By Sally Perry