About the Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival and established event on the UK Arts calendar is now in its 7th 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 4 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 not for profit organisations run a charity (IWLF Charity Ltd) relying on the generous support of sponsors, benefactors and friends, and staffed by volunteers.

The festival has two patrons: Major General Sir Martin White KCVO CB CBE JP, HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight 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 Youth Programme was set up by the festival 4 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. This year the expanded Youth Zone will be held from 20th – 21st October 2018.

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