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Our 2022 Annual Literary Festival was held at the University Centre Grimsby on Wednesday 9th February 2022 and was kindly sponsored by Grimsby Creates.

The festival was a huge success, with writers from across the country coming together to celebrate their craft and meet likeminded people.

As well as our awards ceremony, the festival also had live music, stand-up comedy, poetry readings, a book fair, festival stands and the official launch of the 2022 International Literary Prize.


Watch interviews with some of our award-winning authors who made the – often lengthy! – journey to attend our 2022 Literary Festival and Awards Ceremony in person. 

And meet a range of award-winning authors from around the world who couldn't make the festival, but caught up with us over Zoom to tell us about their writing, their inspirations, and their hopes for the future. 




There is no dedicated car parking for the festival. The front car park is often full but space should be available in the main car park.


Make your way to the Corner Lounge in the University Centre to register as a festival visitor and obtain your pass, which will give you access to the festival and allow you to buy refreshments in the Costa Café and Atrium Refractory. 

If you are expecting to receive an award (including shortlisted entries) please let the registration desk know on arrival.


The Atrium Refractory is open for breakfast until11.00am and lunches until 2.00pm. Costa Coffee is open from 10.30pm - 4.00 pm.

Filming and photography

A film crew from Hammond House Productions will be recording and photographing the festival. Outputs will be broadcast on the Billboard Channel, websites and social media. By registering for the festival will be giving permission for filming and photography.

Covid Safe

Visitors and participants are requested to take a lateral flow test before attending. Masks are recommended but not compulsory.




 The festival runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm. 

If you are expecting to receive an award (including shortlisted entries) please let the registration desk know on arrival.

Find Your Funny

An introduction to stand-up comedy with London based comedienne, Lauren Smith 10.00 - 12.00.  If you’ve ever dreamed of taking to the stage or get a thrill out of making others laugh, this two-hour comedy workshop will show you how to inject some comedy into your writing, performing, work presentations, public speaking or just for fun. Tickets for the workshop are £10 from Eventbrite.

Festival Stands

Cleethorpes Culture Festival

Find out more about this friendly local festival taking place on the 14th and 15th May and how you can participate in the Grayson Perry style, Corona Arts and Crafts project with John Mooney from Big local North Cleethorpes

Hammond House Writers

Find out about our on-line and physical writers groups and the support you can get to start your own group with Jackie Collins

Creative Connections

Pippa Curtin and the young people from Youth Action NEL will be displaying their work and selling their new anthology

Performance Poetry

Including performances from Gordon Wilson, Maria Garner, Tim Bruning and Howard Marshall


Videos and live performances from Rachel Makena and award-winning artists from the 2021 International Literary Prize


We will be joined in person and via zoom by prizewinners from around the world to receive their awards and celebrate their achievements. If you are expecting to receive an award (including shortlisted entries) please let the registration desk know on arrival.

 Book Launches

Winners and shortlisted entries from the 2021 international literary are published in the Stardust Short Story and Poetry and Song anthologies. Literary Lonely , a collection of work from the Hammond House writers groups and Creative Connections a collection of stories, art, poetry and songs form younger people will launched at the festival and be available to buy at the registration desk. 

Book Fair

 Local authors displaying their publications a sharing their experiences include Howard Marshall,Gemma Owen-Kendall, Kate Mitchell, Joy Pitt and Gordon Wilson.


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