Canterbury is the place to come for festivals - if you missed Edinburgh! Somehow Wise Words Festival (http://www.wisewordsfestival.co.uk/) has passed me by in previous years but maybe this year I will go along to one of the events to see what's happening.
"Wise Words is a festival that reawakens wonder and encourages curiosity. It offers unexpected, intimate and intriguing encounters with poetry and storytelling that invite people to see the world from a different perspective and to take time to pause"
It takes place over four days- 12th to 15th September - incorporating a wide range of things from a talk by Andrew Motion and story telling for primary schools, to music, dancing, opportunities to write, book swap, a street slam and creative activities for young people. Something for everyone!