The Festival is being held at the University of York - two hours by train from London and easily reached from anywhere in the UK or overseas. All festival events take place in the Exhibition Centre, Central Hall and Roger Kirk Centre of the Heslington campus. The main University postcode is YO10 5DD

The importance of being on-campus

We've chosen to hold the Festival at York, because we can hold all our workshops, all our talks, all our meals and all our other events on-campus.

That means that you'll be sharing food, drink & accommodation with the editors, agents and authors present. These informal contacts will be every bit as useful as the more formal elements of the Festival - and we're the only writers' conference in the UK to offer anything quite like this.


How to get there

York is two hours from London by train, and easily reached off the M1 if coming by car.

If coming by train: The University is two miles from the railway station. A journey by taxi from the station to the University will take approximately 15 minutes. There is a taxi rank just outside the station.The Number 4 bus from the railway station travels to Heslington Hall via University Road from Monday to Saturday approx every 10 minutes and on Sunday approx every 15 minutes.The scheduled journey time is 20 minutes. You'll need to get off on University Road and follow campus signs for the Exhibition Centre (5 minutes walk).

If you're travelling with family, then historic York is one of the most beautiful and child-friendly cities in England. There's also fabulous countryside and seaside resorts within easy reach.

A google map of the location is available here. Car parking is available free on site.


You will have your own private room, with an ensuite bathroom, a comfortable bed and spotless linen (& towel).

Do note, though, that as the Festival is held at York University, the accommodation is student halls of residence. The rooms are clean & pleasant but basic.  If you want hotel-quality accommodation, please book into a hotel and contact us to sort out a reduced-price festival pass. We do urge you to stay on campus, however: the more you mingle, the more you'll get from the weekend.

Check in after 14.00 on the day of arrival. Check out by 09.30 in the morning, please.

Those with mobility issues will be given accommodation as close as possible to the main campus, so make sure you tell us if there's anything we should know. Additionally, women will also be given priority in accommodation, so they won't face long walks in the dark after the evening meal.

Although day tickets are available to the event, we do urge people to stay the Friday and (especially) the Saturday nights, as many of the most important connections will take place 'out of hours'.

There will be free wi-fi throughout the main campus area.

Disability & dietary issues

The York campus is modern and compact. Wheelchairs and scooters can easily be accommodated, and we will make special provisions to help wherever we can. Most food is buffet style and there will be plenty of choice to help those with specific dietary issues. On Saturday night, however, the gala dinner is table service only - so if you do have dietary issues you would like the kitchen staff to be aware of, then please tell us about it on your booking form and we will instruct the kitchens accordingly.


We're here to help. If there's anything else you need to know, please do get in touch. And if you love the look of the Festival, but aren't sure if it's right for you at this stage in your career, then we're here to help. We can offer tough, constructive and in-depth manuscript advice and help with literary agents