The Working Class Writers Festival

Watershed, Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Tel: +44 (0)7464470024

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The Working Class Writers Festival


The Working Class Writers Festival is a dynamic new festival taking place in Bristol in October 2021.

The festival aims to enhance, encourage and increase representation from the working class across the country, whilst connecting authors, readers, agents and editors. The artistic director is Natasha Carthew, herself an award-winning working-class writer, poet and passionate campaigner for working-class representation in the arts.

The festival and the wider engagement programme will provide much-needed exposure to working-class writers and bring inspiration to young people from similar backgrounds. It will showcase authentic stories reflective of and relatable to the experiences of working-class communities. Running from 21 to 24 October 2021, the festival will use physical and digital spaces, and will include panel discussions, speaker events and workshops. Events will take place in a wide variety of locations around the city, including local libraries. Many of the events will be offered for free. Where there are ticket prices, or for selected events in the city centre, bursaries will be offered to allow people from under-represented backgrounds to attend. More information about ticketing will be published with the full programme in mid-September.

At the heart of the festival is the commissioning and showcasing of working-class writers of all styles and disciplines, providing a platform for those who are already established as well as those making their debut. The festival will be working with Knowle West Media Centre to appoint a Bristol-based writer in residence and will be working with LYRA to commission new work from Bristol-based working-class poets.

10.00am - 8.00pm

Free Event

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Date of Event

Opening Times

Dates: (22 Oct 2021 - 24 Oct 2021)
The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

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