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Arts University Bournemouth becomes headline sponsor at the inaugural Bournemouth Writing Festival

The eclectic programme of events includes talks hosted by AUB at its recently acquired Palace Court Theatre.

Arts University Bournemouth becomes the first headline sponsor of the three-day festival which aims to inspire writers to write, with two of their recently-purchased sites being used as venues.

Rebranded to be called the Exploratorium, the 400-seat theatre on Upper Hinton Road will host a variety of talks, workshops and panels during the festival. Arts University Bournemouth are proud to be hosting two events at the 1930s Art Deco theatre:

· Engineer for The Shard, best-selling author and broadcaster Roma Agrawal MBE will be talking about the Nuts & Bolts of non-fiction writing from her new book.

· Best-selling author, journalist and broadcaster Jane Thynne (also known by her pen-name CJ Carey) will be interviewed by AUB’s creative writing lecturer Ronan Kelly, to explore her writing journey.

The University is also hosting talks in their new art gallery space at The Avenue shopping centre, located on Commercial Road, right in the heart of Bournemouth’s retail area.

A mix of free and paid-for events and activities, involving over 70 experienced writers and professionals, have been designed to foster inspiration, networking and stimulate creativity. From creating credible characters to publishing contracts, writing compelling dialogue to landing an agent, there is something for every budding and seasoned writer to learn.

TV & film screenwriters, best-selling authors, poets, journalists, publicists, writing coaches, editors and publishers will be imparting their advice through talks and practical workshops to improve and progress delegates’ writing.

Dr Anna Farthing, Director of Civic and Cultural Engagement at AUB, commented, “The Writing Festival is just what Bournemouth needs, bringing together creatives, writers, artists and students together with an energetic focus. We are delighted to support the Bournemouth Writing Festival in its first year, to get it off the ground and inspire our students.”

Dominic Wong and Ildiko SpinFisher, Festival co-founders said, “To have the support of the Arts University Bournemouth in our first year, coupled with two fascinating venues, is tremendous. We’ll be welcoming hundreds of attendees - with people coming from as far away as New York, Denmark, Wales and Manchester – it really will help us with our aim of putting Bournemouth back on the literary map.”

The Bournemouth Writing Festival takes place on Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2023 in venues in Bournemouth Town Centre. Tickets can be booked at

About AUB

The Exploratorium at the Palace Court Theatre introduces a unique new venue that opens up parts of the building for creative experimentation. The Exploratorium welcomes AUB staff and students, local creatives and the public to embark on a programme of imaginative adventures and become part of the history of this beautiful but as yet un-refurbished 1930’s playhouse. Within what the space currently allows, we want to be as welcoming and accessible as possible.

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