The School of Humanities New Writing Festival is a celebration of the creative work of the students from the University of Westminster’s School of Humanities.

The Festival brings our aspiring student writers into contact with published professionals. Each year, twelve students are picked to take part in the festival – three prose fiction writers, three students interested in life-writing, three poets and three playwrights. From March to May, each is mentored by a professional writer and during the Festival itself (16th-27th May 2022) students share their work at a series of readings.

We have a diverse student body here at the University of Westminster and the Festival brings our student writers into contact with people whose work interrogates and investigates what diversity means. The festival is also a way of offering a series of challenges – challenges to the classroom and the idea that’s solely where student learning takes place, and challenges to the histories and boundaries that are often tied up with, and in, higher education.

The mentors for 2021-22 are tbc.

As well as working one-on-one with their mentees, during the two weeks of the Festival the mentors will each offer writing workshops for students from across the university.

In addition to the readings of student work and workshops, during the two weeks of the Festival there will also be a series of panel discussions designed to help students think about creative landscape across London and beyond.

The festival directors are Dr Kate M. Graham and Dr Jennifer Fraser.

The festival is supported by the Quintin Hogg Trust and the Students as Co-Creators project at the University of Westminster’s CETI.