2018 Writers' Festival - 15-17 June
Festival booking opens Tuesday 19 February
Patrick Gale announced as Keynote Speaker


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.

Booking is now open for the 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival!

Click HERE to view the programme in a Magazine format

Click HERE to view printable large print programme



Writing Competitions open!
Read all details and enter on the ‘Competitions‘ page


We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for the 2018 Festival is best-selling novelist Patrick Gale. 

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.

Patrick’s career as a novelist began shortly after he graduated from Oxford University with the publication of his first two novels on the same day in 1986. Since then he has published a further 13 novels, several collections of short stories, novellas and a biography of the writer Armistead Maupin. His fiction is celebrated for its wit and warmth as well as its exploration of loss, regret and psychological complexity. As Armistead Maupin has commented: ‘Few writers have grasped the twisted dynamics of family the way Gale has. There’s really no one he can’t inhabit, understand and forgive.

The Keynote, titled ‘Patrick Gale: A Life in Writing’, begins at 9am on Saturday 16 June and this year takes the form of a conversation with Festival Director Judith Heneghan, with Q&A with the audience and an opportunity to meet Patrick and have books signed over coffee afterwards.

The full Winchester Writers’ Festival 2018 programme will be announced in mid-February and will be available to view  on this website.

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Visit the 2017 Festival page for a write-up on last year’s Festival.


Lemn Sissay at the Winchester Writers’ Festival



Judith Heneghan, Festival Director with Lemn Sissay MBE and Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester










The 2017 Writing Competition Winners are posted on the Competitions page


The Best of 2017 anthology of first-place winners, including their adjudications, is available for purchase HERE

£7.95 includes postage and packing