Festival Programme

Throughout the three days of the festival, there will be two streams running simultaneously. All events are open to anyone. However, events of more interest to readers will take place in the Library. Events of more interest to writers, including workshops, will take place at the Custom House.

Details are being added all the time, so check back for updates!

Click an event title for more information. Tickets will be on sale from September.

FRIDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

In The Library

9:30AM – 11AM

Families

Unmumsy Mum – Sarah Turner

Eternity Leave – Simon Kettlewell

11.30AM – 1PM

Feelgood Fiction

Away with the Penguins – Hazel Prior

2PM – 3:30PM

Historical Fiction

The Drowned City – Karen Maitland

4PM – 5:30PM

Local History

Celebrating the City – Todd Gray and John Allan discuss the best books on Exeter’s colourful history.

AT THE CUSTOM HOUSE

Writers’ Networking Day – 11:30AM – 5PM

11.30AM – 12:30PM

Indie Publishing

The Route To Publishing – Elizabeth Ducie

 

12:30PM – 4PM

Networking

Hosted by Exeter Writers – Win free entry to the Exeter Novel Prize or Exeter Writers Short Story Competition

 

4PM – 5PM

Submitting Your Work

Preparing your Submission – Margaret James and Cathie Hartigan

 

Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood Auction House

7:30PM

Paul Atterbury

An evening with writer and Antiques Roadshow expert, Paul Atterbury.

SATURDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

In The Library

9:30AM – 11AM

Displaced People

Mike Thompson Syria’s Secret Library

Khaled Wakkaa Human Crossings

11.30AM – 1PM

Displaced People

Neema Shah Kololo Hill

Davina Quinlivan Shalimar

2PM – 3:30PM

Historical Fiction

Jane Johnson The Salt Road

4pm – 5:30pm

Lord of the Rings

Jane Johnson and Alan Lee in conversation on the film’s  20th anniversary .

AT THE CUSTOM HOUSE

9.30AM – 11AM

Audio Books

Indie publishing – Paul K Joyce

11.30AM – 1PM

Publicity

Social Media for Creatives  – Gillian Taylor

 

2PM – 4PM

Blogs & Reviews

Why They Matter – Karen Huxtable, Anne Williams & Dan Bassett

 

In The Library

7:30PM

It’s a Fair Cop

An evening with Police Officer, writer, comedian and radio broadcaster, Alfie Moore.

SUNDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

In The Library

12.30AM – 2PM

Scandi Crime

Lilja Sigurdardóttir, Thomas Enger, Will Carver & Antti Tuomainen

2:30PM – 4PM

Crime & Thrillers

Ann Cleeves, Mick Herron & Martyn Waites.

AT THE CUSTOM HOUSE

9.30AM – 11AM

Stories For Magazines

Angela Wooldridge

 

11:30PM – 1PM

Diversity for Writers

Louisa Adjoa Parker

 

1:30PM – 4:30PM

Flash Fiction Workshop

Ken Elkes

AT THE CUSTOM HOUSE

5PM – 7PM

Festival Finale: How To End It Well

Greta Stoddart, Elaine Becket, Helen Evans, Gill Barr

The programme for this year’s festival is shaping up to be rather spectacular. To keep up-to-date with the latest news, just join our mailing list!

 

We are keeping everything crossed we will be able to run a normal set of events this year. But if there are restrictions still in place, priority will be given to members of the Friends Group. So if you want to be certain of your seats for this year’s festival (and let’s face it, we’re all looking forward to being able to get out there again), why not sign up today?

 

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2021 Competition

This year’s Short Story Competition is open now. With a word limit of just 750, it’s a chance to hone those flash fiction writing skills.

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