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2019 Festival was a huge success!

The Winchester Writers’ Festival provides inspiration, support and unparalleled networking opportunities for creative writers working in all forms and genres. Our three-day weekend is packed full of workshops, talks and one-to-one appointments with over 70 literary agents, commissioning editors, authors, poets and publishing experts.


The 2019 Winchester Writers’ Festival was a huge success!  For an overview of the weekend, please visit the Festival Overview page.

To read the full Festival programme in a magazine format, click HERE

To read the programme in a full-page, printable format, click HERE

This year’s Festival Keynote, ‘Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise’ will be given by award-winning children’s author Katherine Rundell.  Katherine will explore how children’s books ignite, and can re-ignite, the imagination; how children’s fiction, with its unabashed emotion and playfulness, can awaken old hungers and create new perspectives on the world.

Katherine Rundell spent her childhood in Africa and Europe. After completing a degree in English and a doctorate on John Donne, she is now a full-time writer and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where she studies Renaissance literature and climbs old buildings at night. Katherine has won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award, the Costa Children’s Book Award and has been shortlisted for many others. In 2017 she was selected as one of Hay Festival’s Hay30 influential young thinkers to watch. Her latest brilliant story for children, The Good Thieves, publishes in June 2019.