Goodbye Glastonbury: The Six Best Literary Festivals This Summer

Elle's Literary Editor rounds up the top festivals for the book worm in you

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Latitude Festival, 14th - 17th July, Henham Park, Suffolk

Latitude is more than just music; every year it has film, comedy and theatre strands as well as an amazing literary line-up and they always have a great balance of big hitters and new talent. 

This year's headliners include author and Baileys Prize co-founder Kate Mosse and slam poet Hollie McNish. There are also graphic novel workshops, poetry events, and the premiere of crime fiction writer Mark Billingham's collaboration with country band My Darling Clementine on a murder mystery show told in music and words. Tickets here.

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Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, 21st - 24th July, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

Harrogate has an extensive literary festival programme but the jewel in its crown is the crime festival. Known as being particularly friendly, and particularly drunken, the biggest crime writers will descend on the town for one weekend for pints, debates and panel events. 

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It all takes place at the Old Swan Hotel, which is where Agatha Christie was found after her infamous disappearance. This year's line-up includes Martina Cole, Val McDermid and Tess Gerritsen. Tickets here.

The Curious Arts Festival, 22nd - 24th July, Pylewell Park, Hampshire

This relatively new arts festival has been described as "charmingly reckless" and its heady combination of music and arts with amazing food and evening events makes for a tempting offer. 

Authors appearing include Carol Ann Duffy, Joanna Cannon and DBC Pierre but there's also a sonnet-athon, yoga workshops, writing workshops and Shakespeare-themed cocktail classes. Tickets here.

Port Eliot Festival, 28th - 31st July, St German's, Cornwall

From award-winning Ali Smith (who I can personally vouch for being amazing at live events) to comedian Sara Pascoe talking about the female body via Nina Stibbe of Love, Nina fame, Port Eliot has it all. 

Plus it is arguably the most beautiful setting for a literary festival with its historic estate by gorgeous Cornish beaches. There are also music and comedy strands and a wellbeing area new for 2016 with massages, yoga and workshops. Tickets here.

YALC (The Young Adult Literature Convention), 29th - 31st July, Olympia, London

If you're a fan of Harry Potter or The Hunger Games then the place to be is the UK's biggest and best YA festival. Taking place in London it features a lot of big name teen authors including Malorie Blackman, Emerald Fennell, Costa-winner Frances Hardinge and Darren Shan. 

As well as panel events there are workshops, the chance to meet agents and publishers, not to mention an entire Harry Potter day featuring a Hogwarts House Cup. Expect cosplay. Tickets here.

Edinburgh International Book Festival, 13th - 29th August, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the big book festivals and takes over a park in the Scottish capital for nearly a month. It's the place to be to see some very big names and the central location means you can explore the beautiful city and take advantage of the Fringe Festival that runs at the same time.

Info here.