It is with a very heavy heart that we have decided to cancel Bristol Women’s Literature Festival in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This has been a very hard decision to make but the changing situation and the fact that a festival involves lots of people travelling from far and wide to meet in a confined space means that this feels like the most responsible course of action. Much of our audience will be in the vulnerable cohort, or have family members who are at risk. We also have to consider our team and our speakers. We feel it is better to take this action now.


If you have tickets for the Launch Party, please see SPIKE ISLAND for refunds.

If you have tickets for the Saturday and Sunday events, please see WATERSHED for refunds.

Helen Lewis

The Helen Lewis event is run by Bristol Festival of Ideas is being postponed. Please keep an eye on their website for any changes.

Thank you

We appreciate some people will be disappointed that the festival won’t be taking place. As we say, this has been a difficult decision to reach and all the team are gutted that we aren’t going ahead. BWLF is a labour of love for all of us and we have worked so hard these six months to put together a programme we are proud of. So please be kind in your responses.

Sadly, cancelling means we will no longer be able to fundraise for our partner charity, Womankind Bristol. If you would like to give the value of your refunded ticket to help vulnerable women, then you can donate via LocalGiving.

Thank you, from a very sad team xx

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