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First : What's that son.You've entered a fast friction competition.   By Mark Robinson,  Bristol.

Second : Prison of my own making   By Zoe Critchley,    Bristol


Third : Adonis  By Lindsay Woodward,  Rugby


Congratulations and well done to you and all other 120 entrants


 The short listed stories, in no particular order, are :-

 Unthinkable     by    Deanna Allan

 Adonis              by    Lindsay Woodward

 Twiddle             by     Anne Warburton

 Relief at Last     by     Kristian Rose

 Water Torture   by     Mark Robinson

Prison of my own making     by      Zoe Critchley

What's that Son? You've entered a Fast Friction Competition?       by   Mark Robinson


Good luck to all short listed competitors. The winner and runners up will be announced on October 20th 

The Brilliant Kenilworth Book Shop

will be at the Southam Book Festival at the Graham Adams Centre on Sunday 20th October 11am to 5pm. Not to be  missed. Be there. 

The Flash Fiction Competition 2019 is    closed 

Thank-you to all those who entered - there has been a brilliant response. Entries have come from the USA, Jersey and all parts of the UK , including Warwickshire.  The judges have a difficult task. 

We will post a shortlist on this site on October 12. 

Always wanted to write poems?

Now's your chance - come to our poetry workshop  led by Dave Brough on October 20th at 1pm at the Book Festival in Graham Adams Centre. Suitable for anyone over sixteen. 

Book your place via Eventbrite or turn up on the day.

Young writers 

You have until noon on friday Sept 27 to submit your story or poem.  Lots of good prizes. For full details click here        

Southam Book Festival Programme 

is hot off the press giving details of all the times and venues of Festival events. The Programme will be delivered to every house in Southam and be available in the district from various outlets - libraries, shops and cafes. Hot info for you. 



Entries are invited from young writers for our four competitions

Writers from Key Stages One and Two are invited to write a poem on any subject.

Writers from Key Stages Three and Four are asked to write a short story on any subject. 

Prizes (first,second and third ) will be awarded for each Key Stage.

For full details on how to enter click COMPETITIONS and click on YOUNG WRITERS'COMPETITION or follow this link .

Good luck everyone - and don't forget to fill in the entry form and send it with your poem or story 


Our Flash Fiction competition is now open. The judges will be looking for a very short story - up to 100 words - which must include the words 'the water dripped'


 Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runners-up and also the writer of the best entry from the local area CV47 and CV33


Thanks to Reynolds Insurance and Southam Financial Services for supporting this competition

For full details on how to enter please click COMPETITIONS button and click on 100 WORD or follow this link 

Good luck to all writers, may the bard be with you!


We're delighted to welcome authors who will interest and delight you and your family. We are excited to announce that the following authors will join Andrew Davies as part of our Southam Book Festival line-up - more information is included on the Event Schedule page.


Julia will talk about and read from her new book 'Night-time Cat', a children’s book about a mischievous cat named Ginger who is awake and playful at night when everyone else is trying to sleep.

Julia lives in Leamington Spa but is a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Oxford under the name

Dr. Julia Badger. Julia is a Developmental Psychologist who has worked closely with children for over 15 years. Her work focuses on helping every child reach his/her potential at school.


Chris grew up in South London and read English at Cardiff. "Particles of Light", his book of poetry and humour was published late in 2017. He writes poetry and reads at local open mic sessions. You can catch Chris at our light hearted quiz and poetry evening (to be announced soon) and also meet him at the Festival.


After a childhood in Surrey, Penny attended Oxford University. She has had a varied career as a teacher, theatre critic, actor, director and university lecturer. The sleuths in her crime novels are a wonderful grandmother and grand-daughter team.


Local man, Steve is well known in Southam. Steve has written an account of his sporting achievements and of reaching his goal of driving powerful land, sea and air vehicles despite his visual disability


Marilyn is an intriguing mixture - she works in IT and writes about fairy tales. She is a member of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists, the Historical Novel Society and The Society of Authors.


Members of the Group will talk about the group's research and introduce recent publications. There will be an opportunity to browse the Southam Heritage Collection following the talk.


We’re delighted to announce that acclaimed writer, Andrew Davies, has accepted an invitation to give a talk at Southam Book Festival.


Andrew is one of the most critically acclaimed screenwriters in the UK today, and he is loved by millions for his critically acclaimed adaptions of literary classics. His body of work includes Pride and Prejudice, Vanity Fair, War and Peace and, most recently, the BBC series, Les Miserables. He has also collaborated on the screenplays for Bridget Jones’s Diary and its sequel Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason.

His writing for younger readers and viewers includes the Marmalade Atkins series, Alfonso Bonzo, Badger Girl and Geordie Racer. He has collaborated with his wife, Diana, on several successful children’s picture books.

Andrew has been the recipient of several awards, including: a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Mini Series for House of Cards; the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for his first novel, Conrad's War; and he was honored with a BAFTA Fellowship in 2002 for his amazing contributions to television and film.

Andrew was born in Cardiff and has lived in Warwickshire since 1963.

It is great to be able to welcome a writer of such wide and outstanding talent to be part of our festival. More details about his talk will be available closer to the time. 

24/2/19 -  WE'RE BACK FOR 2019!
Last year’s inaugural festival was so warmly received and well attended that the planning group decided we could not  ignore requests for another festival in 2019.

The date for the Main Festival has been set for October 20th from 11am to 4pm at the Graham Adams Centre. However, we are also
planning to gently grow the Festival and hold some extra one-off events throughout the Autumn at various Southam venues, including
the Bowling Green (thank-you Mark!).

Last year we had the most brilliant help and practical support from local businesses, organisations and individuals. Please give us
your support again this year and help us make the 2019 Southam Book Festival an event for all to enjoy. 

If you’d like to join this year’s Planning Group and help prepare for the Festival, we’d love to hear from you. All offers of help are
welcome. Please get in touch using the form on our VOLUNTEERS page, or leave message with the Graham Adams Centre (01926
811519) and we will get back to you.
We can't wait to see you at this year's bigger and better Southam Book Festival!