2019 Winchester Writers' Festival - 14-16 June
Keynote Speaker - author Katherine Rundell
New Children's Agents Added

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.

New agents added to the programme

Due to the high demand for children’s literary agents, we have added Jo Hayes, of The Blaire Partnership, Clare Wallace and Lydia Silver, of Darley Anderson Literary Agency, to the Festival programme.  For more information, please visit our 2019 Festival Programme page.

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.  To read more, please visit our Events page.

Booking is now open!

Please ensure that you carefully read the programme and terms and conditions and make note your choices before booking.

To read the full Festival programme in a magazine format, click HERE

To read the programme in a full-page, printable format, click HERE

To book, please visit our ‘How to Book and Terms and Conditions‘ page

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.


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

£7.95 includes postage and packing