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Evening Events

Unwind, collaborate, connect - but most importantly - be inspired and motivated to keep on writing.
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Friday Night Social

Join us from 7pm on the Friday night of the festival to meet other writers as well as our speakers, supporters and volunteers. 


Last year's event sold out so make sure you secure your space! Photos from last year's event are at the bottom of this page.


£10 with your first drink included.


Friday 26th April, 7pm at Flirt Cafe, The Triangle

Sponsored by MRKT Property Experts

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Bourn Jammy

An energetic, live music and spoken word extravaganza.
Saturday 27th April 2024 at 7:30pm

Join us for a thrilling night of creative collaboration at our interactive spoken word and live music extravaganza where YOU can get involved!


We'll blend high-energy improvisational rapping from award-winning freestyle MC Ed "Gramski" Hallwood with our House Band to produce magical in-the-moment co-creations.


The audience participation keeps our jam fresh and exciting with on-the-spot writing prompts and call-and-response exchanges. You can even get on stage, brief the band, and perform your works as the band moulds to your style and words. Details coming soon.


Don't miss these electrifying unscripted moments when our MCs and musicians riff off each other and the crowd to make poetic magic - anything could (and will! happen!

Curated and hosted especially for the Bournemouth Writing Festival by Claire Hillier & Shaun Gary Palmer from Random Jams.

All tickets £8.50.

Saturday 27th April, 7:30pm, Pavilion Dance.

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Photo credit: Martin Coyne

Writing Home:
Stories from the edges of print

Performance showcase celebrating the writing talent of local grassroots community art groups.
Sunday 28th April 2024 at 7:30pm

Our Sunday evening finale showcases and celebrates the incredible writing talent of local community arts groups.


For the first-time ever, the Bournemouth Writing Festival has commissioned specially-created pieces of writing that promises to be captivating, thought-provoking, and emotionally charged, serving as a testament to the resilience and creativity that exists within these marginalised communities. 


With such passion, authenticity, and diversity present in every word written by these remarkable groups, there is no doubt that this night will leave us all inspired and eager for more artistic collaborations that amplify voices that often go unheard.

This evening is an exclusive collaboration of performances from members of Vita Nova, Kainat (formerly Rising Voices), Wordmakers & Silence Breakers and The Outsiders Project, and is curated and hosted by Myriam San Marco

Pay What You Can.

Sunday 28th April, 7:30pm, Pavilion Dance.

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Photos from our 2023 Friday night social networking event as well as our other networking events through the year.

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