What is First Fictions?

First Fictions is a biennial boutique literary festival designed to celebrate and champion new writing and innovation in fiction.

Organised by Myriad Editions and the University of Sussex, the festival offers an inspiring programme of literary discussion in the company of some of today’s most creative authors, agents, academics and publishers.

Keep an eye on this website for the announcement of the First Fictions 2016 programme.

A 'literary lock-in'

Philippa Gregory, Jackie Kay, Alison MacLeod, William Nicholson and Lesley Thomson were just some of the exciting authors appearing at this year's First Fictions festival.

Described as 'a literary lock-in', the 2014 festival took place at West Dean College, the stately home of the late poet, Edward James, a 6,000-acre estate nestled in the South Downs, near Chichester.

Other speakers included Ros Barber, Nina de la Mer, Lizzie Enfield, Sally O'Reilly, Natasha Soobramanien, Woodrow Phoenix and bestselling crime writers Lisa Cutts, Elly Griffiths, Elizabeth Haynes and Lesley Thomson. The packed weekend of events included round table discussions on: New Forms of Writing, Crime Writing, The Short Story, Graphic Storytelling and New Ways of Reading, Reinventing Historical Fiction, and Ethics and Truth in Fiction.

Click here for the full festival programme.