The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival (11-14 Oct 2018), 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.

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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 7th year and has a rich and diverse line up of speakers including novelists, historians, correspondents, political figures and media presenters.  High profile speakers this year include Terry Waite, Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan, Bob Champion and John Suchet.  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.

John Snow and Ann MacMillan

War Stories: Gripping Tales of Courage, Cunning and Compassion

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Bob Champion

I’m Champion, Call me Bob

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Henry Hemming

M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster

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John Suchet

Tchaikovsky: the Man Revealed

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Angela Levin

Prince Harry: Conversations with the Prince

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Sally Magnusson

The Seal Woman's Gift

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Ann Cleeves

Wild Fire

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Johnny Mercer MP

We Were Warriors

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Stanley Johnson

Kompromat

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For the full list of speakers and tickets, please visit www.IsleofWightLiteraryFestival.com


Venue

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…


Foot passenger returns from £9.95*

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 £9.95 on a day return basis or £15.95 period return when travelling between 11 and 14 October.

The Red Jet service operates from Red Funnel’s Southampton Terminal 2 (T2) and whisks passengers to Cowes in under 25 minutes, with  Literary Festival venues located within walking distance of the West Cowes Red Jet terminal.

To book, please use the red booking form below. 


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. 

"Every session I attended was excellent and all probably in different ways. The standard was extremely high I thought – even though I had thought last year’s Festival could not be bettered for me!”
Festival Attendee 2017

“I loved it! I think the festival was a great success and I have the advantage of being able to compare it to others. Nothing else has quite the camaraderie or the devoted audiences.”
Jane Thynne  Festival speaker 2017

"Can I say how much I enjoyed appearing at my first-ever Literary Festival. I loved the experience and the audience response.The friendly welcome, from everybody, could not have been bettered."   
Speaker 2017

"A huge 'thank you' to you and all the Festival team for such a great weekend!   You had such an impressive array of speakers addressing such a wide range of topics that there really was something for everyone.  The atmosphere was lovely, too - so very friendly and welcoming." 
Speaker 2017

"I think the festival was a great success and I have the advantage of being able to compare it to others. Nothing else has quite the camaderie or the devoted audiences."  Speaker 2017

 

Isle of Wight Literary Festival sponsors include:

 

 

For a full list of sponsors click here 

 

Terms and Conditions:

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 10 and 15 October 2018. £9 foot passenger rate available on a day return basis. £12 foot passenger rate available on a period return basis (must complete travel by 15 Oct 18). 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 10 and 15 October 2018. 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

Foot passenger day returns from just £9.95 or period returns from £15.95. Valid for ferry crossings from Southampton to West Cowes.

Ticket information

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Special offer

You can get 20% off travel to Isle of Wight Literary Festival (between 10-15 Oct) using the express booking engine below. Valid for ferry crossings from Southampton to East Cowes.

Ferry Travel

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No. travelling - 1 adult