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Visitor Information | Annual Literary Festival


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.


The Atrium Refractory is open for breakfast until 11.00am and for lunches after the awards ceremony until 2.00pm. Costa Coffee is open from 10.30pm – 4.00 pm.


The festival runs from 10.00am to 3.00pm. The awards ceremony will begin around 11.30am and is scheduled to finish by 1.00 – 1.30

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

Book Sales

Copies of the Leaving short story and poetry anthologies will be available to purchase at the registration desk. If you have purchased copies online these will be despatched on Thursday 6th February.

Filming and photography

A film crew from Billboard TV and college students 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.

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