The Isle of Wight Digital Literary Festival (8-10 Oct 2021), 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 Isle of Wight Literary Festival will be going digital for the second year in 2021, with a fascinating line-up of authors and speakers scheduled to take place over 3 days.

The festival is now in its 10th year and has been held online to mark the October dates of the physical literary festival, which the organisers hope to resume in 2022. History, politics, nature, 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 6pm on Friday 8th October,  Andrew Lownie will be speaking live about his book 'Traitor King: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile", an explosive new royal biography. This will be followed by 2 full days of events from 10am.

Speakers include festival regulars, Alexander McCall Smith, Tracy Borman and Josh Barry. Michael Cockerall will be speaking about his book 'Unmasking our Leaders: Confessions of a Political Documentary-Maker", Dr Ed Patrick writes with wit, insight, surprise and pathos about the life of a "sleepless anaesthetist". There's much more in the festival's varied programme.

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 Isle of Wight Literary Festival  website.

The speakers at this Years Digital Literary Festival are:

Alexander McCall Smith

Andrew Lownie

Chris Atkins

Dick Carter

Dr Ed Patrick

Dr Gwen Adshead

Felicity Fair Thompason

Josh Barry

Lia Leendertz

Mara Menzies

Michael Cockerell

Roger Hermiston

Stephan Roman

Tracy Borman

 Find out more here


"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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