#KeepFestivalsHybrid is a campaign to encourage event organisers in the publishing world to prioritise accessibility by running events both in-person and online.

Looking for advice on how to make your event more accessible?

Download our Guide To Putting Your Festival Online

Are you a festival organiser?

We'd love to hear about your plans for organising events in 2022 - Will you be going hybrid? Are there obstacles preventing you from offering online events?

Tell us more by filling out our survey: Fill out the survey


Sign the open letter

We have written an open letter to literary festival organisers, asking them to (where possible) offer both in-person and online tickets. We received over 450 signatures from book industry professionals in the first month of the campaign, including Joanne Harris and Hilary Mantel.

Add your signature here!

Join the conversation on Social Media

Follow the hashtag #KeepFestivalsHybrid to join authors and readers on Twitter and Instagram and follow Penny and RedDoor Press.


Online events enable disabled authors who are unable to travel to promote their work on a level playing field with other writers. They also widen participation to include readers who can't afford to pay travel costs on top of the ticket price or who may have been put off attending in person events by social anxiety or simply the thought that the literary world was not open to them.

In 2020, the pandemic saw the publishing world embrace online events. This had an immediate and profound effect on the way that disabled people and those with chronic illnesses could engage with literary festivals and other events for writers and readers. Suddenly it became possible for people in this group to participate in and enjoy literary activities in a way that they had been precluded from until now.

This level playing field is now under threat as pandemic restrictions loosen and literary festivals begin to return to their pre-Covid business model.