Winchester Writers’ Festival

16-18 June 2017
Inspiration, support and networking for new and established writers

Festival booking opens at the end of February 2017
2017 Festival Dates: 16-18 June
Lemn Sissay named as 2017 Keynote Speaker

Lemn Sissay MBE is Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Winchester Writers’ Festival.   

Lemn Sissay.cropped.We are delighted to announce that author, poet, playwright and documentary-maker, Lemn Sissay will be the Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Writers’ Festival in June.  Lemn is the author of several books of poetry alongside articles, records, public art, and plays. He was an official poet for the London Olympics.  His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London, in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park. Lemn is associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club supporting children in care, The Reader Organisation, and inaugural trustee of World Book Night.

Photo credit:  Greenwich Libraries


The Best of 2016 is now available!

Best of 2016 book cover

The Best of 2016 anthology of first place winners of our 11 writing competitions is now available to purchase at a price of £7.95, including postage.  To order, please click HERE.


The 2nd Annual Winchester Writers’ Festival

Writing Workout was a great success!

Thirty keen writers braved a blustery day to attend the all-day workout on November 5th, which consisted of five sessions of writing exercises led by Adrienne Dines, Susmita Bhattacharya, Paul Dodgson and Festival Director, Judith Heneghan.

Writing Workout 4 Writing Workout 1 Writing Workout 2 Writing Workout 3

Feedback from the day:

Thank you for a splendid Writing Workout on Saturday, I greatly enjoyed the day and left at the end feeling inspired. It was an excellent overview and introduction to creative writing and it gave me a good selection of ‘tools’ to take away to start writing. I have some ideas but I need a push; I think Saturday¹s event gave me the impetus.

 I don¹t know how to be critical of the event, it was first-rate. It was my first visit to one of your workshops but I¹m sure it won¹t be the last. – Alan

The ‘free-writing’ that we do in these workshops is such a great way to learn stuff; and there is always something that’s relevant to current projects.   I look forward to the next one!  – Bridget

All 5 workshops were excellent and really useful and covered very important aspects of writing. A good balance of input and practical work on our part. All the lecturers were first class. – Meg



Meg Rosoff with Prof Simon Jobson, Festival Director Judith Heneghan and Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Liz Stuart

2016 Keynote Speaker Meg Rosoff with Professor Simon Jobson, Festival Director Judith Heneghan and Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Liz Stuart

The 2016 Winchester Writers’ Festival has concluded.  For an overview of the weekend, please click on ‘The Festival’ tab. Do join our newsletter mailing list for information about next year.


 To view the 2016 programme, please click on the link below.

 Festival Programme


Meg Rosoff Photo credit: Jean Goldsmith

Meg Rosoff
Photo credit: Jean Goldsmith

Meg Rosoff, multi-award winning author of books for young adults, gave the Keynote Address at the 2016 Winchester Writers’ Festival.