We have so many amazing and inspirational speakers and acts joining us at our first ever Primadonna festival!

There’s something for everyone at Primadonna - whether writer, reader or seeker of fun!

Here’s a sneak preview with more information to come very soon!



  • Professor Kate Williams on Mary, Queen of Scots.

  • Alexa, While You’re Down There—the view from science fiction and tech experts including Doteveryone’s Rachel Coldicutt on the future that’s being built and how to shape it

  • Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t—a discussion on motherhood

  • Her Breasts Preceded Her into the Room—can men write women?

  • Killing Eve in Apple Tree Yard - how books make their journey to TV with Killing Eve author Luke Jennings & Apple Tree Yard’s creator Lousie Doughty

  • Make Sioned Laugh. That’s Sioned Wiliam, Radio 4’s commissioning editor for comedy and one of the Primadonnas. Open to aspiring comedians and comedy writers to try their luck in a 3-minute open-mic session

  • How to Think and What to Do to Make your Writing Dreams Come True. Writing masterclass with Sophie Hannah, crime writer and founder of the Dream Author Coaching programme for writers

  • Daily writing challenges for fun

  • Craft workshops, scavenger hunts and games for kids of all ages

  • Late night campfire screening of one of the BFI’s top feminist silent films - The Seashell and the Clergyman - with a specially composed live music accompaniment by the Deben Collective.

  • Adele Parks on switching genres

  • Poetry readings of all shapes and sizes

Please bear with us as we update the website, with more programming information coming very soon!