The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Digital Literary Festival (9-11 Oct 2020), is an opportunity for book-lovers to celebrate the written and spoken word. No matter what your literary taste, the highly acclaimed programme is bursting with fantastic writers and speakers who are sure to make it an unforgettable long weekend.


The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Digital Literary Festival is going digital for 2020, with a brilliant line-up of authors and speakers scheduled to take place over 3 days.

The festival is now in its 9th year and has been held to mark the October dates of the physical literary festival. Poetry, history, fiction and adventure are all part of the programme, so there really is something for everyone.

The festival is FREE and you can view all the sessions via the Isle of Wight Literary Festival website on the scheduled days.

What's On:

To kick off the festival at 7pm on Friday 9th October,  Jeremy Irons will be reading Lewis Caroll's nonsense poem 'The Hunting of Snark'. This will then be followed by 2 full days of events from 10am. 

Speakers include Vice Patron and festival favourite Alan Titchmarsh reflecting on the benefits of gardening and reads poems from his latest book, Marigolds, Myrtle and Moles; Anna Pasternak re-evaluating the reputation of Wallis Simpson, a conniving social climber or the love of Edward VIII’s life; are among those speaking at the digital festival.

In addition to its programme of speakers, the digital festival will also showcase local authors, poets and playwrights in the Write on Wight session. Local writers submitted videos of themselves and the island landscapes that inspired or featured in their writing. It may be online but once again, Blackwell’s is providing the Festival Bookshop from the literary festival website. All books featured in digital festival and other titles will be available.

The full programme can be viewed on the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival  website. 

The speakers at this Years Digital Literary Festival are:

Jeremy Irons

Philip Norman

Anna Pasternak

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Leanda de Lisle

David Rutland & Emma Ellis

Katie Hickman

Nicholas Allan

Hunter Davies

Alan Titchmarsh

Sir Robin Hanbury-Tenison

Joanna Trollope

Tim Wander


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"Lovely venue. Sessions felt intimate rather than just large audiences.  Good format mixture of author presentations and interviews."
Festival attendee 2018

“A great treat for authors every year. Delightful surroundings and a very efficient organisation.  A thoroughly worthy cause!” 
Peter Snow, Festival Speaker 2018

"Thanks so much for having me back to the IWLF this year.  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it - my husband too.  We have completely fallen in love with the Isle of Wight, thanks to you!"
Tracy Borman Festival Speaker 2018

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