Save the date: 2019 Writers' Festival - 14-16 June
Listen to Patrick Gale's 2018 Keynote below


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.

This year’s Festival Keynote, ‘A Life in Writing’, was given by novelist Patrick Gale, in conversation with Festival director Judith Heneghan.

Patrick’s most recent novels include A Perfectly Good Man, The Whole Day Through – which is set in Winchester – the Richard and Judy Book Club bestseller Notes from an Exhibition and the Costa-nominated A Place Called Winter. His recent TV screenplay, Man in an Orange Shirt, was commissioned as the centrepiece of the BBC’s 2017 ‘Gay Britannia’ season. His forthcoming novel, Take Nothing With You, launches at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August 2018.

After a welcome and introduction by Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, Patrick Gale spoke with great warmth, eloquence and humour about the significance of place, writing one character at a time, considering the reader, the importance of reading, and the trouble with titles. His keynote was full of insights for writers, and you can hear him again by clicking on the white triangle below.

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The Best of 2018 anthology of first-place winners, including their adjudications, is available for purchase HERE

£7.95 includes postage and packing