Festival Director, Tom Bromley, chats to That’s Salisbury TV about what to expect at the Salisbury Literary Festival
Writers’ Day events added!
Tickets are now on sale for our ‘Writers’ Day’ events on Sunday 29th October. These include workshops and talks with many leading industry professionals, including novelists, creative writing tutors, editors and literary agents. This is a great chance for budding writers to hone their skills and also gain a better understanding of the publishing industry. Tickets are just £5 for each event, with a Day Pass for six events available for a 10% discount! These events are sponsored by The Professional Writing Academy.
More events added!
More events have now been added to the website!
Joining us at Sarum College on Saturday October 28th will be Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. We have two events added at The Salberg Studio in Salisbury Playhouse – first we welcome Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man, and then we have a special FREE event with Barney Norris. Also on the 28th October, author Richard Creasey will be in Salisbury Library giving a talk about his father, John Creasey.
More events to be added soon, including the programme for Sunday 29th October, our writers’ day.
Book Fairies in Salisbury!
In the run up to the Salisbury Literary Festival, our very own book fairies will be leaving books in and around the city. There will be four weekend book drops, and each one will either feature books by local authors, books by authors appearing at the festival, or books featuring Salisbury itself. There will also be one or two classics added to the lists too.
The Book Fairies are a wonderful, global enterprise, and we are delighted to add Salisbury to the list. You can read more about what the Book Fairies are all about here – ibelieveinbookfairies.com. The best way to follow our book drops is via our Twitter or Facebook pages. When a book is dropped, we will announce it, along with our official book fairy, Post Consumer Book Club. Will you find one? If you find a book, read it, then set it free again for someone else to find. But almost as important as reading the book you find is telling others about it. Post a picture to social media and tell the world #ibelieveinbookfairies!
We start our book drop on Saturday 12th August, with more than 10 different books to celebrate children’s and young adult literature. Look out for books from the following authors who will all be at the literary festival: Kristina Stephenson, James Nicol, Emma Carroll, Alex Wheatle and Fleur Hitchcock, as well as one from local author Phamie MacDonald, and a few classics of the genre.
First tickets on sale now!
Tickets for the first of our events are now on sale. These events will be added to over the summer, with the full programme and remaining events announced at the beginning of September.
First events announced
We are thrilled to be able to announce the first events for Salisbury Literary Festival 2017.
On Saturday 28th October acclaimed historical novelist, Philippa Gregory, will be joining us for a very special event at Salisbury Cathedral to mark 500 years of the reformation. Also on Saturday, Joanna Cannon, author of the wonderful, best-selling The Trouble with Goats and Sheep will be in conversation in the Salberg Studio at Salisbury Playhouse. We are also pleased to announce that Judy Golding will be discussing her memoir of her father, the legendary William Golding on Sunday, 29th October.
There will also be special events from each of our three patrons – Mark Dawson, Barney Norris and Kristina Stephenson.
Sunday will see novelist and creative writing tutor Suzannah Dunn hosting a writing workshop, and we will also be joined by three leading literary agents – Charlie Campbell, Ed Wilson and Kate Hordern.
For children we have a host of events across Saturday and Sunday, at Waterstones and Salisbury Library, featuring among others – Emma Carroll, Melinda Salisbury, James Nicol, Alex Wheatle, Fleur Hitchcock and Nick Ostler & Mark Huckerby.
More events to be announced soon
Short story competition
For all budding writers out there, we have a short story competition open to all ages – The Salisbury Story Prize. This competition is in three different age categories, under 11, 12-18 and adult, and prizes include Waterstones vouchers, a Professional Writing Academy course, and all three winning stories will be published in The Salisbury Journal. Entries will be judged by our patrons, Mark Dawson, Barney Norris and Kristina Stephenson. For more details, including how to enter, please visit the competition page – The Salisbury Story Prize