• Programme

    This year’s festival is a celebration of words featuring diverse topics and thought provoking speakers.

  • Youth Zone

    Build a bug; learn to draw; make a rocket; be inspired to write; share your poetry; be entertained at a performance of Peter Rabbit, Shakespeare and more in the ever expanding Youth Zone.

  • Jazz at the Festival

    Evening entertainment at the Festival features favourite local jazz groups and nationally recognised jazz musicians.

  • Venues at the Festival

    Northwood House, a Grade II* listed manor house set in 20 acres of parkland, is the main venue for the festival.

Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival 2017 will take place from Thursday 12th October to Sunday 15th October. Tickets are now on sale.  A 10% discount is offered on purchases of 6 or more £9 tickets.

To view the main programme and to buy tickets click here. If you would like to receive news and information about the Isle of Wight Literary Festival sign up to our newsletter.

Tickets are now on sale for the Youth Programme. Now in its third year, the programme is held in the specially designed Youth Zone in Northwood Park. This year’s Youth Programme features more events and more imaginative venues, including the Big Daddy Dome. Due to the nature of the activities and venue capacity, all events, including free ones, are ticketed. Book early to avoid disappointment. To buy your tickets or reserve your place, click here and click the Youth button at the top of the page.

This year, continuing the Literary Festival’s musical tradition and in association with Newport Jazz Weekend, dance to and enjoy the beat of the Gypsy Jazz Band Gramophone Party on Friday 13th October. The Gramophone Party conjures up a world of vanished speakeasies and smoky music halls–reminiscent of a golden age of jazz innovation.

Vocalist/clarinetist Jacqui Hicks and trumpeter Martin Shaw join the Jim Thorn trio on Saturday 14th October for a magical evening of music.

To purchase tickets for the jazz click here. An early bird saver is available on tickets bought before 1st October. Both jazz events will be held in the Ballroom at Northwood House.

Andrew Marr

Jenni Murray

Val McDermid

We are looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Literary Festival.

We have many exciting events lined up. Confirmed speakers include Andrew Marr,  Frank Gardner, Val McDermid, Jim Al-Khalili and Xiaolu Guo. We are also delighted to announce that Jenni Murray will be discussing A History of Britain in 21 Women and Tracy Borman will be revealing The Private Lives of the Tudors.

Festival Radio

The award-winning team that brings Cowes Week it’s very own radio station, Cowes Radio for more than 30 years, are once again broadcasting online at the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival. Steve Ancsell, Cheryl Buggy, John Ellery and friends will be interviewing as many of the people that their microphones can reach, giving insights to the talks, topics and the books the visiting authors are so passionate about.

We’ll be featuring Isle of Wight authors, of which there are many represented, and dive into the wardrobe for the Narnia-themed Youth Zone. Plus some interviews with the evenings musical entertainment in the form of Gypsy Jazz on Friday night with the Gramophone Party led by the Isle of Wight’s JC Grimshaw, and Saturday evening’s Jazz singer Jacqui Hicks and trumpeter Martin Shaw join the Jim Thorn trio.

Listen in here online by clicking the play arrow button. And if you visited the event, do send us your views – or just a good old request for a mention – to; studio@877fm.uk.

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