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’.

Last year we welcomed Sandi Toksvig, Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh, Costa-winner Monique Roffey, singer Self Esteem, foodie Grace Dent, author Nikesh Shukla, the BOSH! chefs and filmmaker Adam Curtis, to name a few. As well as familiar names, we also 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 Primadonna Festival is the brainchild of a group of women from publishing and entertainment. Together, these 17 women – the founding “Primadonnas” – have worked to create a festival of brilliant writing, borne out of a desire to give prominence to work by women and spotlight authors from the margins  and to create a thoroughly joyous and accessible experience.

The original 17 – Sabeena Akhtar, Joanna Baker, Amie Corry, Jane Dyball, Catherine Mayer, Kit de Waal, Shona Abhyankar, Jude Kelly, Lisa Milton, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Sonia Purnell, Catherine Riley, Athena Stevens, Cathryn Summerhayes, Sandi Toksvig and Sioned Wiliam – are now joined by new Primadonnas each year, who contribute ideas, energy and expertise to make each festival unique as well as utterly brilliant.