The Buckingham Literary Festival is for readers and writers, listeners and talkers. Offering a blend of talks, discussions, poetry, film and theatre our community festival brings an exciting mix of cultural events to this ancient market town.

The Buckingham Literary Festival is a not-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers and responsible for generating sufficient funds to cover all costs. We are hugely grateful for the generous support of our Patrons and Benefactors who contribute both in enthusiasm and funding to help make the Festival fly.


Sir Anthony Seldon

Carolyn and Robert Cumming


Amanda Nicholson

Margaret & Martin Riley

Swan and Pen



Christopher Woodhead

Christopher, having spent all his working career in publishing, is currently managing director of the University of Buckingham Press.

Chloe Woodhead

A varied career from the wine trade to educational governance clearly led to joining the set up team for Bucklitfest. Responsible for all the things that the others are not doing.

Mike Bryan

Mike is the Executive director of HMA Literary Agency. He is an internationally renowned publishing professional with a distinguished international career spanning more than 30 years. Most recently, he was President and Vice-Chairman of Penguin Canada, and CEO of Penguin Books India.

Heather Adams

Heather is CEO of HMA Literary Agency and uses her experience as an author, commissioning editor, entrepreneur and a coach to support authors and develop and sell great books.

Vivienne Wordley

Vivienne combines being Executive Director of a small arts charity, the Foundation for Australia & New Zealand Arts (FANZA), with offering a independent publishing and marketing consultancy. This follows a lifetime in the booktrade, most recently as founding Programme Director of the Emirates Literary Festival, and Commercial Director of Foyles. She has joined the Bucklitfest team for the 2017 Festival.