Congratulations to the winner of Blandford Literary Festivals first ever Ghost Story competition, Marianne Ashurst.  Her story 'A Certain Shade of Red' was certainly spine chilling.  The addition of Christmas cheer from the crowd surrounding the protagonist was a great contrast. We shall remember the haunting words of the little girl forever... 'I like red.' 

Many thanks also to our runner up, Linda, all of our short listed writers, and every single person who entered. 

We look forward to reading more from you all in the future!


Blandford Literary Festival are looking to crown 2019's Poet of the Year.
Ballot boxes have been placed in various cafés around the town where patrons can submit their poetry. 

A winner will be announced during festival week and invited to our exclusive BLF After Party. 

For a full list of participating venues please email

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