Other Events at INK Festival 2018

As well as the short plays and INKlings programme we have an ever-growing number of other events, including workshops, films, talks and performance poetry.

We’ll be adding to this list as we get closer to the Festival.

Ambridge Supper and The Archers Q&A

Join us on the Saturday evening for a very special event – our very own Ambridge Supper.

Fans of The Archers (the world’s longest-running soap) will know Tim Bentinck as the voice of David Archer, and for one night only he’ll be at INK answering your questions about life as David Archer and his autobiography Being David Archer – And Other Unusual Ways of Earning a Living.

We’ll also be taking over The Cut Café and selling a range of local, seasonal foods to fully complete the Ambridge experience, provided by Southwold’s Café 51.


BBC New Comedy Writing Workshop

Saturday April 7th 3.30-5.30 pm
Thanks to BBC support, this event is free.
At the INK Festival for the first time.
BBC New Comedy is an exciting mission to find the best new, untapped and previously unknown comedy writing/performing talent. Once a month there’s a radio show of this best new talent on BBC Norfolk and Suffolk.
Come, learn, laugh and write something funny with us.  The workshop will be led by multi-award winning comic Tim FitzHigham.
For more info and to book a place: [email protected]

Writing for Radio, with Robin Brooks

Saturday April 7th 10.00am-12.00pm
A course suitable for all ages and abilities: an introduction to how radio drama works, from the commissioning process at the BBC, through structure and style of radio script writing, through to the nuts and bolts of radio production
For tickets and more information: [email protected]

 Writing for Television, with Dan Allum

Sunday April 8th 10.00am-12.00pm
This highly practical course is aimed at writers of all ages and experience and will not only cover essentials like the anatomy of structure, building dynamic action and writing strong dialogue, it will also explain how ‘selling’documents such as script proposals, story outlines and pitching treatments are created. The tutor will also aim to tailor the session to fit the individual requirements of the participants as far as possible.
For tickets and more information: [email protected]


Gillian Greenwood

Sunday April 8th 12:00pm
Included in Weekend and Sunday Festival tickets.
Playwrights on Screen
Gillian Greenwood, former Executive Producer of the South Bank Show draws on the archive of the iconic arts show to talk about and illustrate the programme’s encounters with dramatists. Includes  Arthur Miller,  David Hare, Alan Bennett, Michael Frayn and Sally Wainwright among others.

Performance Poetry

Luke Wright

Sunday April 8th
Included in Weekend and Sunday Festival tickets.
There’s a new Poet Laureate due to be announced in 2019, but our new INK patron doesn’t fancy his chances. Luke casts a light on a rogue’s gallery of previous laureates and presents a new batch of his blistering poems: an alternative state-of-the-nation address, searching for things that can unite our fractured society.


Rosy Carrick

Saturday April 7th
Included in Weekend and Saturday Festival tickets.
One of the best poets on the circuit today, Rosy will perform poems from her forthcoming collection Chokey.


John Osborne

Saturday April 7th
Included in Weekend and Saturday Festival tickets.
John will be performing a special version of ‘Circled in the Radio Times’.  It’s about watching TV and finding a collection of old copies of the Radio Times.


Andy Bennett

Saturday April 7th
Included in Weekend and Sunday Festival tickets.
‘Donjon’ is a Work-in-Progress from Norwich poet Andy Bennett. Written in Rhyme Royal, it tells the story of Norwich Castle, from Norman times to the present day.


Roderick Smith

Sunday April 8th
Included in Weekend and Sunday Festival tickets.
Excerpts from Homer’s Iliad rendered in Midlands vernacular. The passions of Achilles and battles on the Trojan plains. Classics reclaimed for the many not the few.


Films to be announced soon