New project launched for local writers

April 1, 2021

Playmakers, the community outreach and engagement arm of the charity Play to the Crowd, has launched a new project for local writers – Winchester Wordwalk. Winchester Wordwalk will illuminate the secret treasures, memories, experiences and imaginations of the city’s residents.

The trail will create living journeys throughout the city and district bringing unexpected places to life with local people’s stories, anecdotes, fantasies, memories, and dreams. The Playmakers team is encouraging local authors to share their stories to start the creative process and script development. They are looking for original pieces of writing that begins with, or are inspired by the phrase, ‘My Winchester secret place is….’ 

Andrew Loretto, Hat Fair, and Playmakers Director comments ‘Writers can submit a very short story, a poem, a memory, an anecdote, song lyrics, a monologue, a script – in fact, any sort of writing you want. It might be about an actual secret place in Winchester that most people don’t know or it might be a very public place that holds a special meaning or memory for you.  It doesn’t need to be polished or even completely finished – we’ll work with you to find the best way to make your writing come to life. It can be funny or serious, true, fiction or wild, wonderful fantasy. After all, haven’t we all let our imaginations run wild about what secrets exist behind that funny little door in that mysterious high wall?’

The Playmakers Writer-In-Residence Richard Hurford and Associate Writer Martin Jakeman will work with the writers, and all the material received, to develop and create the Winchester Wordwalk script.

Submissions should be no longer than 150 words and sent to [email protected] by 12 April 2021. All writers who apply will become part of the Playmakers Writing to Play Network for future opportunities and activities. Further details out the project can be found at