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Primadonna Festival

16 Jul 2021 2:00PM

The University of Suffolk is delighted to announce it will be sponsoring this year’s Primadonna Festival; celebrating brilliant writing, music and ideas. 

The Festival, which takes place from 30 July- 1 August at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, is the first literary festival in the UK to specifically give prominence to work by women and those whose voices are not usually heard. 

The Primadonna Festival will bring together writers, editors, readers, publishers, artists, thinkers, comedians, performers and musicians in one weekend. The Festival describes itself as striving to tackle the current imbalance in the literary and publishing world and to create a space where all ideas are welcome, and all experiences are of equal value. 

Students and academics from the University’s BA (Hons) English degree programme and the MA in Creative and Critical Writing will form part of the Festival’s Creative Writing ‘Masters’ programme giving those involved the chance to work alongside bestselling authors, playwrights and poets.  

Course leader for the MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University and international bestselling novelist, Dr Amanda Hodgkinson, said “The English Department are counting down the days to the Festival. Students from our acclaimed MA Creative and Critical Writing course will be attending, celebrating the launch of their newly published anthology Suffolk Folk: East Anglian Tales for the 21st Century. I am also delighted to confirm I will be teaching a masterclass in writing historical fiction as part of the weekend.” 

Dr Hodgkinson added “Being part of the Primadonna Literary Festival is important for the University of Suffolk for many reasons, not least because our students are the creative force of the future. Literary festivals do great things for books, writers and readers. Most importantly, they grow creative-minded communities and that’s what the University of Suffolk feels passionately about. The Primadonna Festival is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and support our growing community of talented students. We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this!” 

Catherine Riley, Festival Director, said "We're thrilled that Primadonna is going ahead this year and are delighted that the University of Suffolk have partnered with us on the 2021 edition of the festival. Primadonna is a money-can’t-buy opportunity for aspiring writers. We have programmed an amazing line-up including film premieres, wellness and loads of stuff for kids. And it’s Pay What You Can – we want to make sure everybody’s welcome. We’re very grateful to the University of Suffolk for helping make all this possible.” 

The line-up for the Festival includes Monique Roffey, Grace Dent, Sandi Toksvig and Helen Lederer. 

Tickets are available now. To purchase and for more information please visit


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