Tickets are now on sale for the 10th Anniversary festival

Posted 07/09/2022

The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival is delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale.  Over 45 sessions are available to book via the website with a few more surprises to come for the 10th anniversary festival.

The festival –  based at Northwood House Cowes from 6th – 9th October 2022 – offers a broad programme covering history, politics, crime mysteries, royalty, fiction, psychology and science from acclaimed authors who are experts in their field.  Some highlights include:

The festival opens on Thursday 6th October  at 2 pm with  Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s International Editor providing his insights on the Modern Middle East. The veteran reporter has covered numerous wars and reported from more than 70 countries. Bowen will be in conversation with Lieutenant General Sir Simon Mayall, over the course of his 40-year career, he has served extensively in the region.  Bowen, who has been covering the Middle East since 1989 and Sir Simon, who has personal and military ties with the area, will provide a fascinating insight into this troubled region.

Lynda LaPlante – the bestselling crime writer who changed the face of television with her mould- breaking female character DCI Jane Tennison, the main character in the iconic and award winning Prime Suspect TV series – will be in conversation on Thursday at 6 pm.

Rory Cellan-Jones –technology writer and broadcaster- shares the most important story of our times – the dramatic impact of hyperconnectivity, the smartphone and social media on everything from our democracy to our employment and our health.

On Saturday morning Anglo-French writer Joanne Harris, will talking to the festival’s Vice Patron Alan Titchmarsh about her latest book, A Narrow Door. The novel is the third in the Malbry trilogy. Harris is best known for her 1999 novel Chocolat, which sold over a million copies in the UK and was adapted for screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.

On Sunday Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock – super star space scientist presents Am I Made of Stardust – a session aimed at answering big questions for young scientists – a fascinating session for families to attend.

 A list of the 45+ confirmed speakers can be found here https://isleofwightliteraryfestival.com/2022-speakers/  and tickets can be purchased online.

“After two years of a ‘digital’ festival as a result of covid we are so pleased to be welcoming our loyal audiences back to Northwood House, to enjoy another rich and varied programme” said Maggie Ankers, Chair “Red Funnel’s continued support has once again helped us create an affordable event with something for everyone.”

By bringing authors to the Isle of Wight to share their work the festival helps visitors experience the ideas, inspiration, entertainment that is unleashed when the pages of a good book are turned.  Stay in touch with the festival by visiting our website www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.com where you can sign up to the festival newsletter.

About the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival, an established event on the UK Arts calendar, was first held in 2012. The festival provides a far-reaching eclectic programme designed to attract a wide audience and increase the cultural richness of the Isle of Wight.  Pre Covid the festival was hosted at Northwood House, Cowes over four days with more than 45 writers and presenters talking about their latest works and providing thought provoking insights.

Festival goers will be choosing between sessions examining history, medicine, gardening, crime fiction, travel, technology, maritime adventure, politics and much more.

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival is a registered charity (No. 1164814) relying on the generous support of sponsors, benefactors and friends. The festival is organised and staffed by volunteers. The festival has two patrons: Major General Sir Martin White KCVO, CB, CBE and Nicholas Allan – author and illustrator patron of the Youth Programme and three vice patrons, Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL, Dick Turpin and Michael Grade – The Lord Grade of Yarmouth CBE.

The Schools Programme, which is supported by the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, sends authors, illustrators and dramatists into the schools to enrich the education for the under 18s on the Isle of Wight by providing cultural experiences to stimulate interest in learning and creative ideas.   In 2019 over 40 schools and nearly 5000 Isle of Wight children were involved in the programme. Due to Covid in  2020 and 2021 Schools Programme has been cancelled. Plans are underway for the 2022 Schools Programme.

For more information please contact: 


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Isle of Wight Literary Festival, Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 8AZ.


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