DebbieYoung_001 mediumThe founder of the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival is Debbie Young, an author who has lived in the village since 1991.

She writes fiction and non-fiction, and is a regular columnist in the Hawkesbury Parish News and the Tetbury Advertiser.

Her author blog and information about all her books and writing-related topics are at

An eager reader, she also reviews for various magazines and websites, and has recently set up her own book blog at

“As I already do a lot of other bookish things in the village, such as selling my own books at local events, selling secondhand books in aid of the village school library, sharing books via the Little Free Library in my front garden, creating a Lit Fest specifically for the village seemed an obvious next step,” says Debbie, also a co-founder of Hawkesbury Upton’s now established HU5K annual fun run and a veteran of many village committees. “And you know what they say, if you want something done, ask a busy person…”

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