Page Talk Young Writers’ Week & Festival

Page Talk Young Writers’ Festival
Turning the spotlight onto aspiring young writers from the West Midlands.

Celebrating the writing talents of the next generation, Page Talk Young Writers’ Festival gives those aged 10-14 an opportunity to perform their writing at prestigious venues alongside some of the industry’s finest writers.

Previously honouring venues including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton, local young people have produced and performed their writing through live events including spoken word, storytelling and a live recording of an audio play.

How to be a Writer panellists at Page Talk, Stratford.

How to be a Writer panellists at Page Talk, Stratford. Image (c) Lee Allen.

Providing an exclusive view into the world of creative writing through the How to be a Writer press conference, Page Talk has seen The Sarah Jane Adventures author Phil Ford, World Book Night co-ordinator Rose Goddard, theatre director Nick Walker and Apples and Snakes co-ordinator Bohdan Piesecki engage in conversation with ambitious audiences.

Returning for the third time on Saturday 21 February 2015, Page Talk Young Writers’ Festival  will ignite the Shire Hall Gallery in Staffordshire with energetic writing produced by the area’s most enthusiastic young writers. All we need to do is find them.

A young writer reading her work at Page Talk 2014.

A young writer reading her work to an audience at Page Talk, 2014. Image (c) Lee Allen.

We Need You!

Exploring everything from journalism to scriptwriting, you will experience what it is like to be a professional writer.

Featuring professional writers’ National Slam Champion Stephen Morrison-Burke, Doctor Who writer William Gallagher, journalist Alex Townley and science fiction writer Alex Davis, Shire Hall Gallery in Staffordshire will host a week of creative writing workshops.

From Monday 16th to Friday 20th February 2015, you will have the chance to produce new poems, short fiction and a collaborative play that may feature at our Young Writers’ Festival at the Shire Hall Gallery on Saturday 21st February 2015. Participation costs just £5 per day or £25 for the week. Bursaries are available.

Workshop details for each day during February half term;

Monday 16 – ‘Bringing poetry to life’

Tuesday 17 – ‘An introduction to journalism’

Wednesday 18 – ‘Experimental Fiction’ Thursday 19 – ‘Writing a play in a day’

Friday 20 – ‘Performing your writing

Workshops run from 11am – 4pm every day.

Saturday 21 from 12pm – 4pm – Page Talk Young Writers’ Festival!

Throughout the week, we are also offering the young people of Staffordshire the chance to complete a Bronze Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification that builds creative and leadership skills in the arts.

If you would like to express an interest in participating in Page Talk you can email hayley[at] Follow Page Talk on Twitter and Facebook.

Young writers from Wolverhampton have their audio play recorded live!

Young writers from Wolverhampton have their audio play recorded live

“It is something I would recommend to everyone, even if you just want to improve your writing or make some new friends. It was by far one of the best experiences of my life and I would do it all over again if I could.” – Page Talk participant, Stratford-upon-Avon, June 2014

How to Book:
Booking is via our box office, The Box on 0121 245 4455 or you can book online by following the links to the relevant days below. Alternatively, you can book the full week by clicking here.

Book for Monday 16
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Book for Thursday 19
Book for Friday 20

If you have any questions about the Page Talk Young Writers’ Week and Festival, please email hayley[at] Enter our competition here  for your chance to win a free place!

Produced by Writing West Midlands, Page Talk has been funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to further develop and engage young people with creative writing. 

Images from previous Page Talk events can be found below.


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