Isle of Wight Literary Festival

IWLF 2024

Invitations are being issued and plans are underway for this year’s Isle of Wight Literary Festival Thursday 3rd October to Sunday 6th October. Northwood House will be the main venue for the Festival with other venues around Cowes hosting interesting and entertaining events. Fill out the form on the bottom of this page to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest information about the Festival.


The Isle of Wight Literary Festival has been honoured with The King’s Award for Voluntary Service; this is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and is the equivalent of an individual being awarded an MBE. The Festival has been recognised for its contribution to the education, cultural life and wellbeing of the community. In addition to the four-day event, the Festival also supports a Schools’ Programme, which takes authors, illustrators, poets and story tellers into schools to educate, entertain and inspire pupils.

Well done to all our volunteers for their efforts and dedication. This award is richly deserved.


Steve Ancsell and the award-winning team AirwavesTV that produces Cowes Week provided coverage for the 2023 Festival.   Steve and team, who have produced our two digital festivals, carried out interviews with speakers and others involved in the festival set up and recorded several speakers.

You can watch interviews  and digital sessions from previous years on the Isle of Wight Literary Festival You Tube channel.

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