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What is a literary festival?

Updated Monday, 20 July 2020
Literary festivals have gained traction in recent years, and perhaps one of the better-known literary festivals in the UK is ‘The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts’. 

Popular with intellectuals and authors, as well as fans of prose, poetry, spoken word, flash fiction and metafiction – literary festivals have lots to offer and can be hugely enriching. Dr Shafquat Towheed, Senior Lecturer in English, explores the nature of literary festivals, and what makes them so popular today.


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