Sessions 2018

Sessions are now being added daily

Over the three days of the London Screenwriters’ Festival we will run over one hundred seminars, workshops and networking events for professional screenwriters. We film most sessions, so if you miss one, or two clash, you’ll be able to catch up later online. For updates about the festival, sign up below.

The opportunity to learn and connect is a huge draw, and this kind of collaboration is vital to the work.

Deanna Turnbull, Screenwriter

Deanna Turnbull, Screenwriter

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'Downton Abbey' Script To Screen with Julian Fellowes

'Downton Abbey' Script To Screen with Julian Fellowes

Join us for an extraordinary insight into the writing of the first episode of one of the biggest international TV hits, Downton Abbey, reading the screenplay and watching the episode with Julian Fellowes.

Pitch at the Great British Pitchfest

Pitch at the Great British Pitchfest

This is your big moment… Pitch your killer project to professional producers and top agents. Past sessions have resulted in options AND representation!

The 2018 British Screenwriters’ Awards

The 2018 British Screenwriters’ Awards

It’s about time someone put the originators and architects of great storytelling front and centre. And so we did! Now in our fourth year, join a roster of the BIGGEST writing names rubbing shoulders with the hottest newcomers in the UK.

I pitched in the Hollywood PitchFest and three of my scripts have been requested!

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Screenwriting Practical help

Actors Table Read: LIVE

Actors Table Read: LIVE

How do actors and a director approach your screenplay? What happens when your words are reinterpreted through other artists? Join us for a sensational live onstage performance and deconstruction of one LSF delegate’s script.

Beyond the Pitch: Crushing the Meeting

Beyond the Pitch: Crushing the Meeting

‘Owning the room’ is one of the most important elements of the business of screenwriting and Joey Tuccio, the CEO of Roadmap Writers, is here to teach this invaluable class focused on tips and techniques to help you immediately stand out. 

Inevitable but unexpected... Why the end of your screenplay MUST deliver

Inevitable but unexpected... Why the end of your screenplay MUST deliver

Using ideas from analytical psychology, myth and anthropology – and with examples from feature films, single episodes, season stories and multi-season arcs – we will show you how to get to grips with the most important final moments of your story.

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

Great American Pitchfest Guru Bob Schultz will start every day with a short 30 minute PitchFest bootcamp to get you ready for your pitch!

The Midpoint

The Midpoint

Exploring, expanding and deepening mastery of the ‘keystone’ scene of any narrative – the midpoint. And how you can leverage the midpoint in your story to reveal what your story is REALLY about. 

The Three Wells of Screenwriting: Discover your deep sources of inspiration

The Three Wells of Screenwriting: Discover your deep sources of inspiration

In this interactive workshop you will discover that you can draw from three distinct and deep wells within yourself when you write your screenplay. During the class you will learn just how to draw from these ancient and inner wells to strengthen your stories.

The quality of the speakers, the PitchFest was AMAZING! Delegates, networking! This is the future of the British Film Industry

Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter

Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter

Great British PitchFest

Hollywood Pitchfest via Skype

Hollywood Pitchfest via Skype

Pitch – face to face over Skype – with Hollywood producers and execs. Sessions are 90 minutes and you should get around 7 or 8 pitches in during that time.

The Elevator Pitch

The Elevator Pitch

Are you good enough to exit the elevator with the million dollar business card before the doors slide shut?

The Pitch Factor

The Pitch Factor

Have you got the Pitch Factor? Live from the London Screenwriters Festival, the Pitch Factor returns with CASH prizes and our very own motley crew of judges!

What made LSF different from so many events was that you guys clearly thought about the experience of the delegate when organising the event.

Colleen Burn, Screenwriter

Colleen Burn, Screenwriter

Screenwriting for Film and Television

The Primary Colours of Story

The Primary Colours of Story

In this session, David Baboulene demonstrates the link between the way the mind works and the way stories grip and engage us; and how you can use this knowledge to create power in your stories.

The Primary Colours of Story Part 2: Character Contrasts

The Primary Colours of Story Part 2: Character Contrasts

Without character, you have no story. In this session, David Baboulene discusses the primary colours of character so that you can write with greater clarity, depth and brevity.

What an emotional end to a fucking rockstar weekend!

Lee Burgess, Screenwriter

Lee Burgess, Screenwriter

Have you considered?

I wrote a novel as well....

I wrote a novel as well....

We are writers. So why not write a novel as well as screenplays? How did these new screenwriters and novelists get their foot through the door and get published? What traction has that given them? What doors are now open?

I have learnt so much which I can implement in my own writing. I came away inspired, motivated & loving life!

Caroline Towers, Screenwriter

Caroline Towers, Screenwriter

Screenwriters Talent Fast-track

Get legal advice in our legal clinic at the festival

Get legal advice in our legal clinic at the festival

We all have concerns about our screenplays and career, but often can’t afford a specialist lawyer. At the festival you can get that face time you need, with a media lawyer.

Meet The Experts

Meet The Experts

A panel of leading film industry professionals provide confidential one-on-one advice to move your project onto the next stage.

An extraordinary event that put the writer – as an individual and as a group – at the centre, and met the needs of all, from the most hesitant emerging talent to the most hard bitten...

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter

Beyond the workshop

Advanced Mentoring at the Script Labs

Advanced Mentoring at the Script Labs

Get one on one tuition and coaching from our experts in these intensive three hour sessions. Only six writers are selected for each lab.

Get Your Script Performed

Get Your Script Performed

Have scenes from your script read, performed and workshopped by professional actors and directors.

Script Chat

Script Chat

Get intimate face-to-face time in our hugely popular Script Chat roundtable sessions. Ask our speakers the questions you want answered.

Script To Screen

Script To Screen

Read the script, watch the film or TV show, then meet the writers, filmmakers and producers at the festival.

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Meet 30 new writers, producers and directors in our 90 minute speed networking event. Fast, FUN and designed to create powerful new relationships.

The Writers Room

The Writers Room

Join six other writers and a seasoned showrunner for a whole day to write a show for a long running TV series. Welcome to the pressure cooker that is the ‘Writers Room’ at LondonSWF.

We will read your script: The Script Surgery

We will read your script: The Script Surgery

Do you need an expert to offer concise, practical and immediately useful feedback on your screenplay or treatment? Get one-on-one feedback on your script with Euroscript.

I arrived feeling like an amateur and left feeling like a screenwriter

Stephen Burn, Writer

Stephen Burn, Writer

Writers Rooms

Writers Room 1: TBC

Writers Room 1: TBC

Six writers, one showrunner… One whole day to get an episode outlined and pitch ready.

Writers Room 2: TBC

Writers Room 2: TBC

Six writers, one showrunner… One whole day to get an episode outlined and pitch ready.

Writers Room 3: TBC

Writers Room 3: TBC

Six writers, one showrunner… One whole day to get an episode outlined and pitch ready.

Writers Room 4: TBC

Writers Room 4: TBC

Six writers, one showrunner… One whole day to get an episode outlined and pitch ready.

Attending LondonSWF was one of the biggest favours I’ve ever done for myself

Zarina Maharaj, Screenwriter

Zarina Maharaj, Screenwriter

Script Labs

Script Lab 1: TBC

Script Lab 1: TBC

Script Lab 1 to be confirmed.

Script Lab 2: TBC

Script Lab 2: TBC

Script Lab 2 to be confirmed.

Script Lab 3: TBC

Script Lab 3: TBC

Script Lab 3 to be confirmed.

Script Lab 4: TBC

Script Lab 4: TBC

Script Lab 4 to be confirmed.

From the welcome at the door, to meeting my peers, talking with the experts and networking it was a brilliant three days. Can't wait for next year.

Barry Lewis, Screenwriter

Barry Lewis, Screenwriter

Open and Close

Festival Opening

Festival Opening

Get fully prepped to get the most from the festival in this kick ass opening that will frame your three day roller coaster. NOT TO BE MISSED!

LondonSWF Close

LondonSWF Close

Join the team for the FABULOUS close of the festival and our promise for the next year ahead.

Meet The Experts is a great place to test the strength of your project.

Marcia Do Vales, Screenwriter

Marcia Do Vales, Screenwriter

Social Connection

Networking Drinks In The Refrectory

Networking Drinks In The Refrectory

Don’t be shy – grab a beer and break out those business cards!

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe Pub on Baker Street

I had high expeditions of the festival and they were totally exceeded. I met great people and learnt a wealth of information. It was brilliant.

Ndidi Spencer, Screenwriter and Director

Ndidi Spencer, Screenwriter and Director

Talent Campus

Talent Campus 4.0: Total Immersion

Talent Campus 4.0: Total Immersion

A ten-day professional development programme that will immerse you in the tactics, strategies and mindset required to be a professional screenwriter.

‘To get that many people in one place with a shared goal is quite something, and I feel privileged to have been involved’

Alex Davies, Screenwriter

Alex Davies, Screenwriter

Festival Week: Additional One Day Masterclasses

Pitching Thursday (*evening*) at LondonSWF (Sept 6th 2018)

Pitching Thursday (*evening*) at LondonSWF (Sept 6th 2018)

Don’t fall at the first hurdle. Prepare for an extraordinary PitchFest at the LSF by joining pitch guru Bob Schultz who will transform your pitch so you can present professionally and with confidence.

The Narrative Imperative in YOUR Screenplay with Scott Myers (Sept 6th 2018)

The Narrative Imperative in YOUR Screenplay with Scott Myers (Sept 6th 2018)

The protagonist is the heart of almost every story, yet so many writers do not take advantage of the depth and complexity of this central character. Scott Myers returns from the USA to deliver a one day class that will transform every aspect of your script by working outward from the beating heart of your protagonist.

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of LondonSWF Festival Week (Sept. 4th 2018)

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of LondonSWF Festival Week (Sept. 4th 2018)

Talent is great but relationships get you hired. The ability to create powerful new relationships in any given situation is one of the primary factors in the success of your career and that of any screenplay that you write. A one day masterclass.

LSF makes you step out of your comfort zone and experience the fear that will make you free

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Additional Courses, Workshops and Masterclasses

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (June 22nd & 23rd 2019)

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (June 22nd & 23rd 2019)

An intensive two-day workshop that breaks down the art and craft of reading scripts to help improve your own writing, to also improve your feedback for other writers and most importantly, to earn you money as a professional reader.

The Craft: Advanced Fundamentals of Screenwriting with Lucy V Hay

The Craft: Advanced Fundamentals of Screenwriting with Lucy V Hay

The Craft: Advanced Fundamentals of Screenwriting is a must for any writer who needs to get laser focus on their actual pages and elevate their projects from ‘good’ to ‘recommend’. So, buckle up and prepare to massively transform your writing!  

Pitching Thursday (evening) at LondonSWF (Sept 6th 2018)

Pitching Thursday (evening) at LondonSWF (Sept 6th 2018)

Don’t fall at the first hurdle. Prepare for an extraordinary PitchFest at the LSF by joining pitch guru Bob Schultz who will transform your pitch so you can present professionally and with confidence.

The Narrative Imperative in YOUR Screenplay with Scott Myers

The Narrative Imperative in YOUR Screenplay with Scott Myers

The protagonist is the heart of almost every story, yet so many writers don’t take advantage of the depth and complexity of this central character. Scott Myers returns from the USA to deliver a one day class that will transform every aspect of your script by working outward from the beating heart of your protagonist.

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: LondonSWF Festival Week (Sept 4th 2018)

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: LondonSWF Festival Week (Sept 4th 2018)

Talent is great but relationships get you hired. The ability to create powerful new relationships in any given situation is one of the primary factors in the success of your career and that of any screenplay that you write. A one day masterclass.

Perfect Your Pitch: One day Masterclass with Bob Schultz (Aug 18th 2018)

Perfect Your Pitch: One day Masterclass with Bob Schultz (Aug 18th 2018)

Get yourself LSF and Pitchfest ready spending a full day developing the skills you need to pitch your project to producers, agents, actors, and more with one of the best Pitch tutors in the world, Bob Schultz.

Talent Campus 4.0: Total Immersion

Talent Campus 4.0: Total Immersion

A ten-day professional development programme that will immerse you in the tactics, strategies and mindset required to be a professional screenwriter.

You’ll leave feeling invigorated and raring to go. It’s essential that us writers get a good kick up the arse from time to time, and believe me, this festival wears one hell of a big boot...

Michelle Goode, Screenwriter

Michelle Goode, Screenwriter

To be revealed before LSF'18

Herringham H243 Friday 10:30am

Herringham H243 Friday 10:30am

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Herringham H243 Friday 2:00pm

Herringham H243 Friday 2:00pm

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Herringham H243 Friday 3:30pm

Herringham H243 Friday 3:30pm

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Herringham H243 Friday 5:00pm

Herringham H243 Friday 5:00pm

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Herringham H243 Friday 6:30pm

Herringham H243 Friday 6:30pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 10:30am

Herringham H243 Saturday 10:30am

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Herringham H243 Saturday 2.00pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 2.00pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 3.30pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 3.30pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 3:30pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 3:30pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 5pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 5pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 6:30pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 6:30pm

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Herringham H243 Sunday 10:30am

Herringham H243 Sunday 10:30am

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Herringham H243 Sunday 2.00pm

Herringham H243 Sunday 2.00pm

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Herringham H243 Sunday 3.30pm

Herringham H243 Sunday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Friday 10:45am

Herringham Hall Friday 10:45am

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Herringham Hall Friday 2pm

Herringham Hall Friday 2pm

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Herringham Hall Friday 3.30pm

Herringham Hall Friday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Friday 5pm

Herringham Hall Friday 5pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 10:30am

Herringham Hall Saturday 10:30am

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Herringham Hall Saturday 2pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 2pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 3.30pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 5pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 5pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 6.30pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 6.30pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 9am

Herringham Hall Saturday 9am

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Herringham Hall Sunday 10:30am

Herringham Hall Sunday 10:30am

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Herringham Hall Sunday 2pm

Herringham Hall Sunday 2pm

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Herringham Hall Sunday 3.30pm

Herringham Hall Sunday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Sunday 9am

Herringham Hall Sunday 9am

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Room D05 Friday 10:45am

Room D05 Friday 10:45am

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Room D05 Friday 2:00pm

Room D05 Friday 2:00pm

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Room D05 Friday 2:00pm

Room D05 Friday 2:00pm

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Room D05 Friday 2pm

Room D05 Friday 2pm

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Room D05 Friday 3:30pm

Room D05 Friday 3:30pm

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Room D05 Friday 3:30pm

Room D05 Friday 3:30pm

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Room D05 Friday 3:30pm

Room D05 Friday 3:30pm

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Room D05 Friday 5:00pm

Room D05 Friday 5:00pm

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Room D05 Friday 5:00pm

Room D05 Friday 5:00pm

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Room D05 Friday 5pm

Room D05 Friday 5pm

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Room D05 Saturday 10:30am

Room D05 Saturday 10:30am

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Room D05 Saturday 2:00pm

Room D05 Saturday 2:00pm

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Room D05 Saturday 2:00pm

Room D05 Saturday 2:00pm

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Room D05 Saturday 2pm

Room D05 Saturday 2pm

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Room D05 Saturday 3:30pm

Room D05 Saturday 3:30pm

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Room D05 Saturday 3:30pm

Room D05 Saturday 3:30pm

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Room D05 Saturday 3:30pm

Room D05 Saturday 3:30pm

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Room D05 Saturday 5:00pm

Room D05 Saturday 5:00pm

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Room D05 Saturday 5:00pm

Room D05 Saturday 5:00pm

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Room D05 Saturday 5:00pm

Room D05 Saturday 5:00pm

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Room D05 Sunday 10:30am

Room D05 Sunday 10:30am

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Room D05 Sunday 2:00pm

Room D05 Sunday 2:00pm

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Room D05 Sunday 2:00pm

Room D05 Sunday 2:00pm

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Room D05 Sunday 2pm

Room D05 Sunday 2pm

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Room D05 Sunday 3:30pm

Room D05 Sunday 3:30pm

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Room D05 Sunday 3:30pm

Room D05 Sunday 3:30pm

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Room D05 Sunday 3:30pm

Room D05 Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Friday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Friday 2:00pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 2:00pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Sunday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Friday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Friday 2pm

Tuke Hall Friday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Friday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 5pm

Tuke Hall Friday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 6:30pm

Tuke Hall Friday 6:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Saturday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 5pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 9am

Tuke Hall Saturday 9am

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Tuke Hall Sunday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Sunday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Sunday 2pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

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I have learnt so much which I can implement in my own writing. I came away inspired, motivated & loving life!

Caroline Towers, Screenwriter

Caroline Towers, Screenwriter