The Belfast Book Festival is the annual June Festival run by the Crescent Arts Centre.  

The Belfast Book Festival is Northern Ireland’s leading literary festival and since its inception in 2010, has grown from strength to strength. Now in its 12th year, the annual June event is a unique, diverse and highly creative mix of events as we celebrate bestselling authors and award-winning poetry and spoken word artists, features well-known personalities and journalists, and showcases the wealth of local talent that defines our thriving literary community. The Crescent is home to Northern Ireland’s leading literary festival, the Belfast Book Festival. Featuring a unique, diverse and highly creative programme, each year the Festival caters for a wide range of interests and explores many topical themes. 

The Crescent Arts Centre is home to The Belfast Book Festival which proudly hosting the annual Mairtín Crawford Awards for Short Story and Poetry, named after the beloved writer and poet and who was a significant figure in Northern Ireland's literary community. Click here to learn more about Mairtín Crawford. 

Each year the building is filled with a wide range of activities and every year our programme is a unique, diverse and highly creative mix of events that caters for a wide range of interests and explores many topical themes. Featuring well-known authors, comedians and journalists, there is something for all tastes and interests at the Belfast Book Festival! The festival has grown from strength to strength over the last 10 years, and each year we deliver a thought-provoking and diverse programme of events.

This festival is for everyone. For the regular literary festival-goer or those who simply wish to broaden their knowledge of the local arts scene and the tremendous diversity, let along value for money, the Festival offers. We blend together a whole host of events to create a truly exciting programme for all ages and book tastes.

Festival-goers are being treated to the best international and local talent at The Crescent and partner venues across the city. If you have never been to the Festival before, make 2022 your first visit... you won't be disappointed!  Our festival is more than just a literary celebration, it is a feast of arts activity encompassing music, theatre, film comedy and much more.

The Belfast Book Festival, with its broad and accessible approach to all things literary, covering all manner of genres, from children’s novels to sporting biographies and much else in between, has inspired the city to think differently about books. The programme for 2019 matches with a renewed energy and vision the very best editions of this vibrant celebration, convening a wonderful gathering of writers, thinkers, personalities and opinion-formers, all of whom reach for creative words to achieve their ambitions. The Arts Council, as principal funder, is proud to support the ninth Belfast Book Festival as it continues to promote the immeasurable joy of books, in all their forms.

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama, Arts Council of Northern Ireland



The Belfast Book Festival is supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

"The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is hugely proud to support the Belfast Book Festival.  Despite the significant hurdles in programming a festival during a pandemic, the Belfast Book Festival has risen to the challenge and has gathered together the most wonderful collection of writers, poets, personalities and thinkers, for audiences to enjoy safely from home.  With something on offer to suit all tastes and ages, I would encourage everyone to join in online and celebrate the immense joy of books this June"

Sonya Whitefield, Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

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