About the Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival, an established event on the UK Arts calendar, is now in its 9th year and provides a far reaching eclectic programme designed to attract a wide audience and increase the cultural richness of the Isle of Wight.

Hosted at Northwood House, Cowes over four days 60+ writers and presenters will share their latest works.  Topics includes crime fiction, history, travel, maritime adventure, gardening, medicine, technology and the social and political issues of our time.  From first time novelists to seasoned historians – speakers passionate about their subject will share insights and information.

The festival is a charity (IWLF registered charity no 1164814) relying on the generous support of sponsors, benefactors and friends. Volunteers organise and staff the festival.

The festival has two patrons: Major General Sir Martin White KCVO CB CBE JP and Nicholas Allan, author and illustrator patron of the Youth Programme; and two vice patrons: Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL and Michael Grade, The Lord Grade of Yarmouth CBE.

The Schools Programme was set up by the festival seven years ago to enrich education for the under 18s on the Isle of Wight by increasing the cultural experiences available to stimulate interest in learning and creative ideas. The majority of Island schools now participate in the programme.

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