Your INK Festival ticket enables you to enjoy a full day of live performance. Every day there are 70 new short plays performed, most of them several times.

You can choose what you see and when.

Of course, it is not possible to see all the plays in a day but to make it easier they are arranged into PODS. Each POD consists of four or five plays so at every performance space you can enjoy a terrific selection lasting an hour. You could visit five performance spaces in a day, that’s 25 new short plays!

A festival ticket also includes entrance to poetry performances, talks, community and youth events, a specially curated art show and much more.

All this is included in your ticket.

Below we have highlighted some of the special events happening each day which may help you to decide which day to visit. Or maybe come for two or more  days!




Edith Pretty & Sutton Hoo Treasure   – 12.10pm – 1.15pm

One of the festival’s writing themes this year is Treasure, so it is apt that Edith Pretty, is the subject of an illustrated presentation. Sally Sibley, from the National Trust, describes the lives of Mr & Mrs Pretty and the events leading to the excavations of 1939.

Followed by Cohere Arts’ Wonderful Things a new song cycle elevating the female perspectives of the Sutton Hoo story.

POETRY – 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Enjoy a pint and a platter at The Angel Stables with poet Martin Figura’s Shed. 


Charlie Mackesy –  2.45pm – 3.30pm

Charlie Mackesy, creator of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horsechats and draws.

STATE OF THE ARTS –  Panel Discussion  4.15pm – 5.15pm  
Chaired by Libby Purves.
Panel includes: Anthony Alderson, Director of The Pleasance London and Vice Chairman of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society,  Stephen Crocker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Norwich Theatre, Clare Slater, Artistic Director High Tide, Jake Smith, Artistic Director Eastern Angles, Joanna Carrick, Artist Director Red Rose Chain and  Julia Sowerbutts, Artistic Director INK.



Halesworth Museum –  Friday – Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm.

A Treasure Exhibition which includes some of the finest items from the Blyth Valley Treasures.

POETRY – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Alice d’Lumière explores the wonderful if counter-intuitive role of the gender-fluid individual struggling to fit in Speaking Out and Fitting In.


Juliet Stevenson CBE in conversation with Helen Atkinson Wood –   4.15pm – 5.15pm – Sadly Cancelled

Thrilling at best.
Chaotic at worst.
No one understands “There’s No Business Like Show Business” more than us here at the INK Festival.

We were so looking forward to welcoming Juliet Stevenson for a “Conversation with ….” Helen Atkinson Wood.
Until sadly, at short notice, due to unforeseen filming commitments, Juliet who is “Thrilled” to be part of INK, has had to cancel.

In the spirit of “the show must go on” we’re getting back to basic INK principles, to now hear what a quorum of well known actors have learnt from writers they have worked with, and in turn what experienced writers have learnt from inspiring actors.

Helen Atkinson Wood will be joined by some of the nations finest professionals. Vincent Franklin, Geraldine Alexander, Jan Etherington and Jon Canter.

We hope you will join us too.




S.H.I.T Club (Supporting Husbands in Trauma) by Jan Etherington –   2.30pm – 3.30pm

Three women, each with a seriously ill husband, meet at the local pub to share stories, express concerns, cry and laugh. The premiere of a new comic radio play from the award-winning creator of Conversations from a Long Marriage.


POETRY –  12.00pm – 1.00pm

Kate FoxBigger on the Inside. BBC Radio 3 and 4 regular, Fox, discovered her new autistic identity in the same year as fellow Yorkshire woman Jodie Whittaker became the Doctor Who.


Luke Wright –  12.30pm – 1.30pm


Luke delivers an exclusive preview of his latest sheaf of poems as he wrestles with the uncomfortable concept of joy.



Halesworth Market Place –  11:00am – 4.00pm
A free event for all the family with street entertainers, music, food and fun for all.


INK Youth Showcase – 10.45am – 11.30am

A live radio performance of a play devised over the festival. Plus, a selection of poems written by local primary school pupils.
INK youth perform.

Professor Steve Waters

PLANET INK –  2.15pm – 3.50pm

INK Planet includes:

Three original shorts by UEA’s creative firebrand, playwright, and eco warrior, Professor Steve Waters, make their world premiere at INK Festival.

Followed by a talk and open forum about the balance between conservation and food production led by Jake Fiennes, Director of Holkham Nature


Jake Fiennes, Director of Holkham Nature

POETRY –  12.00pm – 1.00pm

Stand-up poet, Elvis McGonagall, armchair revolutionary and resident of Graceland caravan park, McGonagall, scribbles verse, drinks scotch and throws heavy objects at his telly in a show he entitles Full Tartan Jacket. Recent appearances include BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends.

2.00pm – 3.00pm

James McDermott – Wild Life

The television writer, poet, playwright, INK favourite, and quicksilver wit performs a selection from his book Wild Life (Nine Arches Press) about the nature of queerness, the queerness of nature, and the queerness of ‘natural’ masculinity.