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New writers and how to become one

The Festival hosted a series of readings and interviews throughout June 15, with a range of exciting authors who have been making waves within the last couple of years. This year we were also delighted to announce that, in partnership with Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists list, the Festival would host a three writers identified by the enormously influential Granta Magazine as future stars. Previous authors identified on this list include Julian Barnes, Monica Ali and Iain McEwan.

All events took place in the Ron Cooke Hub  on June 15.

Past events

New writers session one - 12pm

Susie Steiner A Homecoming, Elizabeth Day Home Fires, and Gavin Weston Harmatten

New writers session two - 1.30pm

Kate Worsley She Rises, D W Wilson Ballistics, and Matthew Reynolds The World Was All Before Them

New writers session three - 2.45pm

Claire King The Night Rainbow, Abigail Tarttelin Golden Boy and Leonie Frieda The Deadly Sisterhood

Granta Magazine, Great Young British Novelists - 4pm

Jenni Fagan The Panopticon, Kamila Shamsie Burnt Shadows, and Ross Raisin, God’s Own Country.

Festival Fringe family fun afternoon


An afternoon of fun activities for the community - suitable for children and their parents - led by postgraduate students.

Admissions: Free, unticketed