Events & Workshops

7 Book Events and Festivals around the World That Should Be on Your List

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Jaipur Literary Festival
Where: Jaipur, India
When: January
Why go: This event is touted as the largest free literary festival in the world. It draws a wide array of authors, artists, and book enthusiasts from around the world. Jaipur Literary Festival is held at the The Diggi Palace Hotel — a heritage hotel with sections of the old palace still being used by the royal family.

Words by the Water Festival
Where: Cumbria, UK
When: March
Why go: Words by the Water is a festival of words and ideas. It brings together writers and a wide array of book lovers to celebrate a passion for books and words as well as the ideas that create them. Festival activities include workshops and lectures and others.

PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature
Where: New York, USA
When: April
Why go: PEN World Voices is an American international literature festival that gathers authors and artists from around the world. Its programs include readings and conversations that touch on a wide range of topics like art and politics among others.

Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts
Where: Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, UK
When: May
Why go: Hay Festival in Wales is held in the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye known for its bookshops. Thousands of writers, bookworms, and book enthusiasts flock to this market town to take part in this literary festival that feature activities like lectures, book signings, and workshops.

Edinburgh International Book Festival
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
When: August
Why go: Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the largest and renowned literary events in the world. The festival draws hundreds of writers from across the globe.

Agatha Christie Festival
Where: Torquay, UK
When: September
Why go: Whether you are an Agatha Christie fan or love reading murder mystery books, the Agatha Christie Festival is something that should be on your list of literary events to attend.

Berlin International Literature Festival
When: September
Why go: This festival is a celebration of prose and poetry that draws writers and readers from around the world. It gathers book lovers together to celebrate not just the love of reading but to explore not just literature but other topics like history and politics among others.