The idea to set up a Salisbury Literary Festival came from the growth and development of the Salisbury Writing Circle. This was set up in Spring 2015 and meets monthly at Sarum College for a mixture of workshopping, guest authors and networking with fellow local writers. A community of authors from the Salisbury area has developed as a result, from absolute beginners to internationally published novelists.
Building on this base, we decided to launch the inaugural Salisbury Literary Festival in October 2017. The aims of the festival are as follows:
Firstly, one with a strong local content that supports and celebrates writing in Salisbury. There are many great writers, past and present, from the Salisbury area.
Secondly, one that is predominantly fiction based. We want a festival that focuses on creative writing, rather than non-fiction memoirs and celebrity-led books.
Thirdly, a festival that is focused on both readers and writers. The Writing Circle is about creative writing and we want this festival to have a practical element that supports writers.
Fourthly, a festival that celebrates all sorts of fiction. We want our festival to look at writing across all genres, and be one that celebrates both published and self-published authors.
TOM BROMLEY – Director, Salisbury Literary Festival
Who we are –
Patrons – Mark Dawson, Barney Norris, Kristina Stephenson
The Salisbury Literary Festival Team – Tom Bromley, Russell Mardell, Christine Nielsen-Craig, Maz Dundee, Jo Boyles, Gina Gough, Jenny Monds, Charlotte Phillips