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2024 Writing Festival Launches!

Updated: Jan 28

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The second Bournemouth Writing Festival (April 26-28) will host writers, agents and publishers from across the country,


The second annual Bournemouth Writing Festival launched on Thursday 25th January 2024 at Street Goose with the official unveiling of the festival programme and details of the two writing competitions.

The event attracted a range of writers and speakers in the informal networking event, and the festival looks set to attract even more writers, drawn by over 100 activities and the opportunity to meet literary agents face-to-face.


Taking place from Friday 26th April to Sunday 28th April 2024, the three-day festival in Bournemouth Town Centre will bring together a diverse community of UK-wide writers, authors and professionals for a weekend of learning and collaboration to improve and progress people’s writing.


Writers appearing this year include award-winning author Kathleen Whyman, editor and writer Gary Dalkin, self-publishing success Matt Shaw and bestselling author Alex Stone, discussing topics from plotting a novel to choosing the best publishing options.


New for 2024 is the chance for writers to pitch their manuscripts to literary agents in personal 1-2-1 sessions – something which is already proving to be a huge draw. Sessions with Peter Straus CBE MD of RCW Literary Festival and David Headley, MD of DHH Literary Agents, are almost sold out.


Festival Director Dominic Wong said: “The opportunity to sit face-to-face with a respected agent and receive genuine feedback is invaluable for the wannabe writer. We’re honoured that five London-based agents are coming to our festival to meet our talented attendees and give them the chance to pitch their novels.”


There is also a Poetry Hub where people can try poetry for the first time aided by professional poets, beach writing workshops and even a photo studio to get those all-important headshots.


A competition for schools and home-educated children in Dorset includes an exclusive video introduction from Chris Packham, and a Poetry & Flash Fiction competition runs alongside the festival. Entries have already been received from as far afield as Australia.


In addition to Creative Writing Workshops for adults with additional needs and international students, a literary walk of Bournemouth is also planned, taking in sights and stories from writers who lived, holidayed and were inspired by the town, including Mary Shelley, J.R.R Tolken, Robert Louis Stevenson and Bill Bryson.


Wong continued: “The Festival has a variety of experiences to inspire writers in whichever genre they are passionate, and wherever they are in their writing journey – whether a complete beginner or those have already published.


“We’ll be making full use of what Bournemouth Town Centre has to offer in terms of hospitality, with Genre Breakfasts and networking lunches and dinners in many of our independent cafes and restaurants.”


Festival tickets are now on sale.

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