At each annual Festival, we have a terrific line-up of writers and artists, including a mixture of new faces and old friends who return each year because they enjoy it so much. 

As this is a free community event, we are dependent on these writers and artists giving their time free of charge, and we are extremely grateful for their support.

The 2019 programme gives you an idea of the range and calibre of our speakers. Visit the Programme page for details.

  • Applications for the 2020 Festival will open in September 2019.
  • The Festival Director’s decision is final.

Please note: applying does not guarantee a place in the Festival – spaces are limited. If you are not selected this year, please feel free to come along on the day as a member of the audience and to reapply for future Festivals.



A great line-up of speakers kicking off the first panel discussion of the day: Ali Bacon, Jenny Heap, Mari Howard, Lynne Pardoe, Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn and Jackie Kabler (Photo: Thomas Shepherd)