The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival (10-13 Oct 2019), 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 Literary Festival takes place over 4 days and features a programme of over 60 speakers at Northwood House in Cowes.

The festival is now in its 8th year and has a rich and diverse line up of speakers including novelists, historians, correspondents, political figures and media presenters. Whether you are interested in gardening, politics, crime fiction, history, adventure, travel or the performing arts there is something in the programme for book lovers of all ages.

For the full list of speakers and tickets, please visit the website


Northwood House, a magnificent Grade II* listed late Georgian manor house set in a 20-acre park, is the main venue for the Literary Festival and also houses the weekend box office. Occupying a prime position above Cowes, the star listing is for the House’s incredible painted function rooms where many of the talks take place.


Cowes, home of the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival, is located at the northern tip of the Isle of Wight and is easily accessible via Red Funnel ferry services from Southampton.

Whether you’re planning to travel on foot or bring a car, Red Funnel has a great choice of offers to make getting to the Isle of Wight Literary Festival cost effective as well as quick and convenient…

Bring the car and save 20% off vehicle ferry travel*

With so much to see and do on the Isle of Wight, why not bring the car and allow some time to explore more of the Island whilst you’re here?

Literary Festival ticket holders can enjoy 20% off Red Funnel vehicle returns from Southampton to East Cowes when travelling between 10 and 15 October.

To book, please use the red booking form below. 

"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

Isle of Wight Literary Festival sponsors include:



For a full list of sponsors click here 


Terms and Conditions

20% off private vehicle fares available for Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival ticket holders travelling from Southampton to East Cowes on a return basis between 10 and 14 October 2019. Valid for a private vehicle and up to 7 people. New bookings only. Online bookings must be made using the red express booking form on this page. For telephone bookings a £5 handling fee will apply and the 20% off Isle of Wight Literary Festival offer must be quoted at the time of making your booking. Offer is subject to availability and is not available in conjunction with any other offer or discount, including standard Travel Card holder discounts. Standard terms of carriage apply. Red Funnel reserves the right to withdraw this offer without prior notice. You may be asked to show proof of purchase for Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival tickets at check-in.

Special offer

You can get 20% off travel to Isle of Wight Literary Festival (between 10-14 Oct) using the express booking engine below. Valid for ferry crossings from Southampton to East Cowes. Standard terms and conditions of carriage apply.

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