Local Authors Invited to Share Inspiration–Write on Wight

Posted 01/09/2020

Press Release   1st September 2020

The Isle of Wight continues to be a source of inspiration and creativity for a thriving local arts community.

Over the centuries many famous scribes have made the island their base:  Alfred Lord Tennyson, Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, John Keats, J B Priestly, Enid Blyton, Anthony Minghella and literary festival vice patron Alan Titchmarsh.

This year festival organisers are asking local writers to share the aspect of the island that inspire their work in a short video, for inclusion in the digital festival.  It could be the island’s fantastic coastal scenery, rich woodlands, wonderful historic castles and ruins, picturesque villages and towns, or local communities, groups and activities.   Write on the Wight asks “What makes the island so special for writers and book lovers? “

A collection of videos will be curated and played during the digital festival.  Submissions must be in by Friday 18th September 2020.  All writers who share their island inspiration will be entered into a prize draw.  For more information visit https://isleofwightliteraryfestival.com/write-on-wight/

All submissions will be included in a prize draw. The four prizes are two day return car ferry journeys from our headline sponsor Red Funnel and two £25 book vouchers from Medina Bookshop, Cowes.

You can also stay up to date with the latest news and be the first to hear about speaker announcements by subscribe to the Festival newsletter.  Subscribers will also benefit from exclusive ferry offers from Red Funnel.

To get a flavour watch selected video interviews with last year’s authors on YouTube by clicking here  Hear from Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Andrew Roberts, Jo Brand, Dan Snow and more.

About the Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival, an established event on the UK Arts calendar, is now in its ninth year. The festival provides a far-reaching eclectic programme designed to attract a wide audience and increase the cultural richness of the Isle of Wight.  The festival is normally hosted at Northwood House, Cowes over four days with more than 60 writers and presenters talking about their latest works and providing thought provoking insights.   This year arrangements are digital but we look forward to 2021 and a very special festival to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival is a registered charity (No. 1164814) relying on the generous support of sponsors, benefactors and friends. The festival is organised and staffed by volunteers. The festival has two patrons: Major General Sir Martin White KCVO, CB, CBE and Nicholas Allan – author and illustrator patron of the Youth Programme and two vice patrons, Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL and Michael Grade – The Lord Grade of Yarmouth CBE.

The Schools’ Programme, which is supported by the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, sends authors, illustrators and dramatists into the schools to enrich the education for the under 18s on the Isle of Wight by providing cultural experiences to stimulate interest in learning and creative ideas.   In 2019 over 40 schools and nearly 5000 Isle of Wight children were involved in the programme.

About Red Funnel:

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with roots tracing back to 1820. Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3m passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1m passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service. For more information, see www.redfunnel.co.uk


For more information please contact: 


t: 01983 295612

Isle of Wight Literary Festival, Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 8AZ.

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