The Royal Literary Fund has been sponsoring lectures at literary festivals since 2014. Starting with a carefully selected few, it has gradually expanded this initiative. In 2017 it supported eleven festivals, some large and well-known, others smaller but nonetheless distinctive, across the length and breadth of Britain. The RLF values the educational and imaginative encounters between writers and readers that festivals foster. It enthusiastically supports this rich culture and the proper payment of the writers upon which it depends. For details of this year’s programme see below. The map underneath shows the spread of festivals supported in the past.

Words by the Water
Triumph and Tragedy
Claire Tomalin
March 16
Books by the Beach
In Search of Mary Shelley
Fiona Sampson
April 11
Cambridge Literary Festival
Muriel Spark at 100
Alan Taylor, James Campbell & Ali Smith
April 15
Newcastle Poetry Festival
'Pushkin is Our All!'
Sasha Dugdale
May 5
Royal Literary Fund Keynote
Nii Parkes
May 26
Chalke Valley History Festival
White King: Charles I — Traitor, Murderer, Martyr
Leanda de Lisle
June 30
Harrogate Crime Festival
It Happened 20 Years Ago... or a Hundred
Joe Kanon, Antionia Hodgson, Simon Mayo, S.J. Parris and Andrew Taylor
July 21
Cardiff Book Festival / Gŵyl Lyfrau Caerdydd
The Way of All Flesh
Christopher Brookmyre and Dr Marisa Haetzman (writing as Ambrose Parry)
September 8
Borderlines, Carlisle Book Festival
Bad Girls or Freedom Fighters?
Caitlin Davies
October 6

Past Festival Locations