The Isle of Wight Literary Festival is back for another year in October 2016, with some great speakers lined up and some brilliant workshops to get involved in- save the date

It’s all change for the Isle of Wight Literary Festival as it enters its fifth year. In addition to the programme of speakers for 2016, the Literary Festival has achieved charitable status, adopted a new logo and has commissioned a new website (

One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the aim to present an informative and inspiring programme of speakers, which is the hallmark of the Literary Festival. Programme Director, Anthea Parker, said: “We have been working hard to put together a varied and interesting programme for this year’s Literary Festival. We are delighted to have among our speakers Michael Portillo, Alan Johnson MP, Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington author of ‘The 101 Greatest Plays’,  Rosamund Lupton bestselling author of ‘Sister’ and ‘The Quality of Silence’  and Nicholas Jellicoe, grandson of Britain’s naval commander in 1916 Admiral Sir John Jellicoe,  talking about his book  ‘Jutland: The Unfinished Battle’.”

Victoria Orr-Ewing, President, said the Literary Festival was pleased to have been granted charitable status. She noted that the objects of the charity are to promote the arts for the public benefit, and in particular the art of literature, by the establishment and maintenance of an annual arts festival and to advance the education of the public by promoting and providing opportunities for the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of literature.

To celebrate its fifth anniversary the Literary Festival has adopted a new logo. The distinctive IWLF logo features blocks of bright colours with a diamond in the middle. “The diamond,” Maggie Ankers, Chair explained, “represents the Isle of Wight—the diamond of the Solent.”

The Literary Festival’s new website, which will be going live very shortly, is user friendly and contains details of confirmed speakers and ways to support the Literary Festival. Additional speakers will be announced as the programme develops.

The Literary Festival will take place from 13th to the 16th October and will again be based at Northwood House in Cowes.



Northwood House Ward Avenue Cowes PO31 8AZ

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