About Us

“Exist in messiness. That might just be what adulthood is like.”
Michael Donkor

SNWF 2021

Our Mission

Surrey New Writers Festival is collaboratively run by staff and students in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Surrey. The Festival aims to highlight new writing from emerging and established authors around the UK, and to bring a variety of forms, genres, and voices to our audiences. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for all writers and readers, both within our university and the wider community, and we actively support discussions and forums that delve into the intricacies of the writing process and connections to topical and contemporary themes in literature.    

Liz Bahs: Festival Director

Stephen Mooney: Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Surrey

Bran Nicol: Head of the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Surrey

Past Festival Teams




2017 – 2018