What is Primadonna?

We set out to create the world as it should be, for one weekend…

Primadonna is a festival of books, ideas and inspiration. We have something for everyone with film, music, comedy, food, drink, DJs and therapies alongside our main programme of talks, interviews and discussions. Our line-up gives prominence to women, people of colour, LGBTQI+ and working class people, and disabled people: everyone is welcome at Primadonna, especially those that might not think a book festival is ‘for them’.

As well as familiar names, we give emerging talent a chance to shine, and offer writers and aspiring writers unique opportunities to get industry expertise and insights with workshops, advice surgeries, pitching sessions and a Creative Writing ‘Masters’ programme.

We are also, officially, Suffolk’s best festival – we were voted into first place by the East Anglian Festival Network this year. Come and join us to find out why

Who are we? We are the Primadonnas…

The festival is the brainchild of a group of women – the ‘Primadonnas’ – from publishing and entertainment. The Primadonnas come from many different backgrounds but share a passion for arts and culture, and for making it available to all. 

We thought there was space for a book festival that shines a spotlight on artists that aren’t on the programme at more mainstream events, and one that blends the best of book and music festivals – with really nice toilets!

Primadonna’s mission is to create a space for all kinds of writers, readers and anyone interested in exploring ideas … and having a lot of fun. Somewhere to be part of a community, to escape the everyday, and to imagine better worlds.