Anthony McGowan, Dave Rudden and Juno Dawson in conversation in 2016.

Join us for a full-day writing festival featuring keynote speakers, intimate workshops, poetry slams, performances and more. This year we’ll host our festival at two sites:

  • Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford – Tuesday 19th September
  • University of Hull, part of the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival – Friday 29th September

Across the two events, we’ll host 1,000 young people, teachers and volunteers, as well as around 60 writers to deliver workshops, performances and talks. In previous years’ we’ve hosted acclaimed writers such as Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman, Sally Green and Patrick Ness.

The Festivals promote the larger community of young writers across the country, tearing down geographic and cultural barriers by bringing students from different regions together, inspiring them to write and raising aspirations for further education and learning.

The Young Writers’ Festivals are unique because the focus is on the young people’s own creative expression, not just the established artists’ work.  The emphasis on the day will be to inspire the students to write and share their own work. On the day, we will also host Continuing Professional Development sessions for attending teachers, hosted by professional writer-educators. 

Schools can bring a group of 20 students but we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Contact with the subject line Young Writers’ Festival to receive a registration pack and more details.

Student ambassador, Shakira, speaks about her First Story experience.

Students can purchase books and anthologies for £1 at the festival.