Previous Years

Our first year

The first Primadonna was held at Laffitts Hall, Pettaugh, Suffolk over the final weekend in August 2019 .

Almost 1,500 attendees took part in three days of programming, with the lineup including Elif Shafak, Bernardine Evaristo, Guy Gunaratne, Diana Evans, Katy Brand and Konnie Huq. We also showcased an incredible range of emerging and/or marginalised authors and created genuine opportunities for the discovery of fresh talent: two festival-goers from 2019 have since negotiated contracts with major publishers.

Our second year

In 2020, we went virtual and our programme included June Sarpong, Sandi Toksvig, Sophie Williams, Mikki Kendall, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Kit de Waal, Michael Donkor, Catherine Mayer, Anneka Harry, Stella Duffy and Monisha Rajesh.

Also featured are Great British Bake-Off contestant Priya O’Shea, Bee Rowlatt with her flash fiction challenges, and the return of our very own gameshow Make Sioned Laugh.