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Keynote Speaker - author Katherine Rundell
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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.

Barbara Large

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death on Monday 4th March of Barbara Large MBE, Founder, and for 34 years Director, of the Winchester Writers’ Conference.

A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held during the Winchester Writers’ Festival on Saturday, 15 from 6 – 7pm in the University of Winchester chapel and is open to the public.

Barbara’s memorial will be held on Thursday, 27 June at the Twyford Church at 3:30 pm.  To read more, please visit our Events page.

Booking is now closed, but you may still book to attend Katherine Rundell’s keynote address on Saturday, 15 June at 9:00.

CLICK HERE to book for the keynote.

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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.

You do not need to book in to the Festival to attend Katherine Rundell’s Keynote Address.  To attend only the Keynote, buy your ticket HERE.

Tickets cost £12 and include coffee.

(If you are attending the Festival on Saturday, the Keynote is included in your package.)


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

£7.95 includes postage and packing