The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival (12-15 Oct 2017), 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 70 speakers across a range of venues in Cowes.
The Literary Festival is now in its sixth year and boasts a packed and diverse programme including novelists, journalists and correspondents, non-fiction writers, political figures, poets and spoken word performers. High-profile speakers include Andrew Marr, Dame Jenni Murray, Val McDermid and Frank Gardner. With such a range of speakers and topics covered, the festival is great for book lovers of all ages as well as those interested in current affairs and the performing arts.
Literary Festival tickets go on-sale at 2pm on Monday 14 August via www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.com
Get there for less with Red Funnel
Take advantage of discounted IoW ferry travel from 11-16 October for Literary Festival ticket holders, with foot passenger returns from £9 or 20% off vehicle ferry travel when you bring a car. See the getting there tab for more details.
There are over 70 confirmed speakers for this year’s Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival. Below are just a few:
Creative workshops, inspiring talks, storytelling and entertaining plays are offered in the specially created Youth Zone.
Jazz it up
The Literary Festival has teamed up with Newport Jazz Weekend to provide live music on the Friday and Saturday evenings (13th/14th).
Friday’s music is provided by the Gypsy Jazz Band Gramophone Party, whilst on Saturday night Jacqui Hicks and Martin Shaw will join the Jim Thorn trio for a magical evening of music.
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.
In addition to Northwood House, talks will take place in the historic Royal Yacht Squadron whilst Northwood Park is the setting for the Youth Zone.
For the full list of speakers, please visit www.IsleofWightLiteraryFestival.com
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…
Foot passenger returns from £9*
Isle of Wight Literary Festival ticket holders can travel on Red Funnel’s Hi-Speed Red Jet foot passenger service between Southampton and West Cowes for just £9 on a day return basis or £12 period return when travelling between 11 and 16 October.
The Red Jet service operates from Red Funnel’s Southampton Terminal 2 (T2) and whisks passengers to Cowes in under 25 minutes, with all Literary Festival venues located within walking distance of the West Cowes Red Jet terminal.
To take advantage of these offers simply show proof of your Literary Festival ticket purchase at Red Funnel’s T2 ticket office on the day of departure.
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 11 and 16 October.
To obtain this offer simply book your travel (11-16 Oct) using the red booking form on this page. Please note you may be asked to show proof of purchase for Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival tickets at check-in.
"Wonderful to meet Caroline Sheldon today, great talk on pitching to an agent, very encouraging, thank you." Mary Grand
"Great day at Isle of Wight Literary Festival. Lots of fab authors and fascinating talks." Bob Seely
"Isle of Wight Literary Festival is one of the Isle of Wight's best annual events." Mark Fox
"A wonderful literary festival. Thank you so much for inviting me--great audience, great organisers." Rosamund Lupton
"Thanks for the invite, so enjoyed the talk, lovely to share a passion." Nick Jellicoe
"Thank you Isle of Wight Literary Festival for a fantastic audience and great venue." Lucinda Hawksley
"The Isle of Wight Literary Festival is amazing. So much going on. Thank you organisers for having me." Nadine Dorries
"Had a brilliant time--a unique festival and some great schools too." M A Griffin
"Great atmosphere in the house, I really enjoyed taking part in the Youth Zone. Lovely weekend." Jules Marriner
Isle of Wight Literary Festival sponsors include:
For a full list of sponsors click here
Both foot passenger offers are available for Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival ticket holders only, when travelling from Southampton to West Cowes between 11 and 16 October 2017. £9 foot passenger rate available on a day return basis. £12 foot passenger rate available on a period return basis (must complete travel by 16 Oct 17). Offers are available on the day of departure from Red Funnel Southampton ticket offices upon providing proof of purchase for Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival tickets. Offer is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. The Red Jet service is a turn up and go service and operates on a first come, first served basis. Red Funnel reserves the right to withdraw this offer without prior notice.
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 11 and 16 October 2017. 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.