Free Friday Evening Events

Once again, the Festival opens its doors to all for an evening of free-to-attend events on Friday 15th June. No need to book in advance – just come along and bring your friends!


WRITING THE PAST: The role of historical fiction with James Aitcheson
19:45 – 20:30
St Alphege 002

James will explore the processes of researching and writing historical fiction. Drawing upon examples from his latest book, The Harrowing, he will discuss characterisation, questions of authenticity, and the unique challenges he faced in writing a post-apocalyptic historical novel.

PANEL DISCUSSION: ‘Whose culture is it anyway: walking the line between appropriation and creative freedom’
19.45 – 20:45
Stripe Auditorium

All writers tell stories, but whose story is it and does ‘ownership’ matter? There are many strands to this important and topical debate: Join YA author Patrice Lawrence, journalist, editor and poet Cathy Galvin and put your questions to panel moderator, novelist, filmmaker and lecturer Stephen Thompson.


1:00 – 23:00
Terrace Bar Lounge

Speakers, delegates and members of the public are invited to read extracts (no longer than four minutes) from their published or unpublished short stories, novels, poems or plays in the Terrace Lounge next to the Terrace Bar.


Venues and Directions:

All venues are located on the main King Alfred campus of the University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester  SO22 4NR

Free parking is available behind the Stripe building. (B on the campus map)

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