Being responsible for schooling Jane Austen and incarcerating Oscar Wilde, Reading has plenty of literary heritage. In 2016, we celebrated the first Reading Literary Festival, organised by The University of Reading and the inaugural Reading in Reading Book Festival.

Reading has a thriving contemporary writers culture through groups such as Reading Writers and its own publishing house, Two Rivers Press. The University of Reading holds the Samuel Beckett Collection.

For information on writers groups and events in Reading, see A-Z of arts organisations.