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Frequently Asked Questions

Including more information on location, accommodation and accessibility.

Location and travel

Exhibition centre, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD – Get directions

Date: Friday 6th – Sunday 8th September 2019

Travelling to the Festival of Writing

The main campus of the University of York is in the southeast of the city, within walking distance or a short bus/taxi ride from the city centre.

Getting here by rail

There is a frequent train service to York on the main East Coast Line from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh.

There is also a direct service between York, Leeds and Manchester Airport.

A taxi from the railway station to the University will take approximately 15 minutes. Please ask to be dropped off at the Roger Kirk Centre at the University of York.

Plan your route using public transport on Google Maps.

Getting here by car

It’s recommended that drivers approach the University from the junction of the A64 and A1079.

Taking this route brings you in on the east of the city, from where the University is signposted.

Parking is available near the Exhibition Centre, and free delegate passes are available to hang in your vehicle when you check in – just ask for one when you arrive.

Plan your route by road on Google Maps.

More information on travel to the venue can be found on the University website.

Access & Accommodation

Festival of Writing Access


If you have any specific access needs you’d like to discuss, our team will be happy to help. Get in touch on: info@jerichowriters.com or call us on +44 (0)345 459 9560.

We’ve specifically chosen the University venue for its accessibility. Buildings are linked with ramps and the majority of sessions take place on the ground floor. All public access buildings have lifts and disabled toilets. If you are booking accommodation, please let us know your needs at the time of booking so we can accommodate these.

The main lecture halls have hearing loops installed and have been checked by the University for accessibility. For any other issues, our staff will always be on hand to help.

Festival of Writing Accommodation


If you choose a full-weekend ticket, or book your accommodation with us for a Saturday-only ticket, you will be put up in one of the University halls of residence. All rooms are ensuite singles with showers. Bedlinen, towels and tea/coffee making facilities provided.

These room are clean and provide simple accommodation adjacent to the main building where the Festival takes place.

Any guests preferring more luxurious accommodation should book in advance separately off-campus. There are a number of hotels, BnB’s and guest houses locally.

We understand that conferences of this kind can be overwhelming for those who suffer with anxiety or learning disabilities.

We endeavor to offer all attendees a dedicated ‘safe space’ if needed – just alert a member of staff for guidance. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any concerns or issues that we can help with.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I book my ticket?

After you have purchased your ticket, you will be diverted to a page to choose your workshop sessions and one-to-ones. Therefore, we recommend that you have a clear idea what workshops and one-to-ones you would like to attend before booking.

Once you have booked, you are able to enter competitions. We will be in touch later on with more information about what to expect from the weekend.

When should I plan to arrive at the Festival of Writing 2019?

We always recommend giving yourself plenty of time to arrive in case of any delays. For Friday arrivals, registration is from 1pm – 6pm. Check in to accommodation is from 2pm. If you arrive after 6pm, you can pick up your key from the 24 hour college porter and register for the Festival the next morning.

Registration on Saturday is from 8.30pm and from 9am on Sunday. The Festival finishes after the closing Keynote on Sunday and closes at 4.30pm.

Please note that all delegates will receive a ‘Welcome Pack’ closer to the time of the Festival with full details on it.

What kind of food is offered over the weekend?

All food is included in the price of your ticket. This is served in the Roger Kirk Centre and will mainly be buffet-style, apart from the three-course Gala dinner on Saturday night, which is an at-table, set menu service.

There will also be regular tea breaks over the weekend, which will offer tea, coffee and biscuits.

I have food allergies, will I be catered for?

The university is overall very good at catering for food allergies, although we do ask that you let us know in advance what these are, so we can notify them. You will have the opportunity to do this when you book your ticket.

Is there a bursary available for under-represented writers

Yes! We’re pleased to be teaming up with Marjacq Scripts Ltd to offer one under-represented writer a fully-funded Weekend Ticket to the Festival, plus travel, accommodation and an additional one-to-one with an agent from Marjacq. For full details of who is eligible and how to apply, see the bursary page.

Can I change my workshop selections after I’ve booked?

There is often plenty of room during the one-hour workshops, so it may be possible to switch your choice on the day, if there is room to do so. There’s no need to alert us to this. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to switch your Book Lab choice, or one-to-one sessions, so please ensure these are correct when booking.

My one-to-one time is during a workshop, what should I do?

Tutors are made well-aware that delegates might need to leave sessions for their one-to-ones, so don’t worry about appearing rude! Just sit near the isle and slip out as and when you need to.

Is there a dress code?

We recommend that you bring warm and comfortable clothing. All sessions take place indoors. The Saturday Gala dinner is your chance to dress to impress if you want to. Don a full suit, or a posh dress – or just come in your usual clothes if they are more comfortable – no one will be turned away.

Have another question? Then please get in touch with our team on: info@jerichowriters.com or by phone on +44 (0)345 459 9560 and we’ll be happy to help.