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Tickets “exceeding expectations” for the Bournemouth Writing Festival

Bookings from New York, Birmingham and Watford and across Dorset

Tickets for the Bournemouth Writing Festival, which went on sale last month, has been exceeding expectations, festival organisers have said.

Some sessions are already over 50% subscribed, with bookings from afar away as Birmingham, Watford and even New York City. One lady is flying over especially for the weekend to enjoy the mix of more than 70 free and paid-for events and activities, involving experienced writers and professionals, which 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.

The specially crafted Literary Walk of Bournemouth and ArtfulScribe’s Bringing Characters to Life are nearly sold out. “Genre breakfasts” to help local writers find their writing tribe, taking place in independent cafes within Bournemouth Town Centre, are filling up fast whilst the networking event at Street Goose is almost at capacity.

A flurry of entries for the Open Mic event on Saturday 22nd April and the free poetry hunt, have been received, with the end date for submissions fast approaching. Music artist and performer Timo Peach will close the festival with an unmissable Keynote speech on Sunday evening about the future of words.

Additions to the programme include architect of The Shard, broadcaster and author Roma Agrawal talking about her new book, Nuts & Bolts, with Arts University’s Anna Farthing and a special creative writing session for adults with learning difficulties in association with Christchurch Connect.

Festival co-founder Dominic Wong said, “We’ve only recently launched the tickets and already sales have exceeded our expectations. Many people are taking advantage of our 15% discount for Early Bird tickets which expires at the end of February as well as registering for our free events.”

Festival co-founder Ildiko SpinFisher said, “Writers are really getting involved – not just in the talks and workshops to improve their writing, but also the many networking events to find like-minded authors. The most popular events have been our self-publishing, short stories, memoir and getting published talks.”

The Bournemouth Writing Festival takes place on Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2023 in venues in Bournemouth Town Centre. Paid events start from £7 with an early bird discount available until the end of February when signing up for the newsletter. All events have a limited capacity so booking in advance is essential. Sponsorship, advertising and volunteer opportunities are available.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the festival website at The twitter feed gives regular writing prompts and inspiration for writers. Follow them at

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