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LoveReading LitFest is the digitally native, all-year-round books and literature festival dedicated to celebrating good writing and great reading - built to bring wonderful writers straight to you.
We are a partnership between the hugely successful team behind www.LoveReading.co.uk and some of the festival professionals that created LockdownLitFest in 2020. What unites us is a passion for books and stories, and an ongoing desire to support authors and readers.
We showcase the very best writing, of all genres, from around the world, through fascinating interviews, panel discussions, MasterClasses and more.
Our particular focus is on superb debut writers at the start of their writing careers, world-beating bestselling authors, and award-winning international writers in translation. And there's also our ever-growing - and utterly fabulous - kids and schools programme.
With an ever-growing library that already features 50 great events, we produce 2 shows a week and continue to build a comprehensive programme that will be archived and accessible to you as a subscriber, anywhere, at any time.
Do sign up to our fortnightly newsletter to keep up with all of our news, or become a member to join us on our fascinating literary journey.
From all of us at the LoveReading LitFest team, welcome aboard.
Win a copy of the 5th anniversary edition of The Good Immigrant
21st writers reflect on race in contemporary Britain
edited by Nikesh Shukla, and with a new preface
“Will make a lot of young Britons feel more powerful and less alone. Easy essay is like another new friend standing up and saying to the reader, ‘I see you’.” - Hari Kunzru
Keep out, Britain is full up. Or so goes the narrative of immigration in this country all too often. We are a country in flux – our media condemns refugees one day, sheds tears over them the next. Our narrative around immigration is built on falsehoods, stereotypes and anxieties about the diminishing sense of what Britishness means.
The Good Immigrant brings together fifteen emerging British black, Asian and minority ethnic writers, poets, journalists and artists. In these fifteen essays about race and immigration, they paint a picture of what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that wants you, doesn’t want you, doesn’t accept you, needs you for its equality monitoring forms and would prefer you if you won a major reality show competition.
The book explores why we come here, why we stay, what it means for our identity if we’re mixed race, where our place is in the world if we’re unwelcome in the UK, and what effects this has on the education system. By examining popular culture, family, profession and the arts, it looks at diversity and questions what this concept even means anymore. The essays are poignant, challenging, funny, sad, heart-breaking, polemic, angry, weary, and, most importantly, from an emerging generation of BAME writers.
We have 5 copies of this 5th anniversary edition to give away - to enter click here!
The Klaus Flugge Prize 2021
The LoveReading LitFest is delighted to support the organisers and judges of the Klaus Flugge Prize, which recognises the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration, with a special event to celebrate 2021’s winner.
The prize was founded in 2016 to honour Klaus Flugge, the founder of Andersen Press and an extremely influential figure in children’s picture books. We are delighted that Klaus together with Chair of Judges, Julia Eccleshare, Judge Posy Simmonds and 2021 winner Flavia Zorrilla Drago were able to discuss with us the importance of the prize and how much it means to win it.
Sir Michael Morpurgo
Many authors have the term “much loved” added to any mention of their names and here in conversation with his friend Paul Blezard, we are reminded why Michael is utterly adored. We are honoured to say, “Welcome to the LoveReading LitFest, Sir Michael Morpurgo.”
In this lovely clip, Michael explains how the pandemic has led to a sorrow spreading across the land and describes how the natural world has been a balm in such trying times and given us a chance to put things right.
In Conversation With Catherine Bruton, Author of Following Frankenstein
In Conversation With Dinah Jeffries, Author of Daughters of War
Calling all Publishers
If you have an author, or authors, who you would like to see appear at the LoveReading LitFest we’d love to hear from you.
We are fully committed to supporting publishers large and small, from industry giants to bespoke independents, and we fully promote each of our events through our social media channels, and through our ever growing and loyal audience of readers.
Our aim is to provide a comprehensive digital shop window for the best of publishing and we’d be pleased to have you join us.
Do contact us on authors@LoveReadingLitFest.com to find out more.