The third Hillingdon Literary Festival took place at the Antonin Artaud Theatre on campus at Brunel University London, between Friday 6th and Sunday 8th October 2017. Over 1000 local residents, Brunel students and members of the wider community registered to attend a series of free lively sessions that included debates, masterclasses, the Poetry Takeaway, events with Tessa Hadley, Jonathan Coe, Will Self, Olumide Popoola, Benjamin Zephaniah and many more!

As ever, the highlight of the festival was the celebratory event for the 2017 edition of the creative writing competition and the free anthology. We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s competition – judged by Benjamin Zephaniah – was Simi Abe. Chosen from over 300 submissions, she has won the ¬£250 cash prize and is published in our freely distributed anthology.

Do be sure to have a read of this year’s excellent collection of local writing talent, available from all 17 Borough Libraries, and given out free at the Festival. It’s a testament to the diverse and dazzling voices of our Borough… even if we do say so ourselves!

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And do wet your appetite with the video clips from HiLF2017…