Primadonna Festival

Primadonna Festival aims to showcase the very best authors, makers, musicians and thinkers in the UK to center women and non-binary perspectives. And Market FiftyFour’s own Hanna Ali will be part of the very first edition!


The inspiring award-winning British-Nigerian author Bernardine Evaristo will be in conversation with Hanna Ali on Saturday August 31, 2pm. The conversation will be held at the Primadonna stage!


Bernardine Evaristo’s writing and projects are based around her interest in the African diaspora. She is a professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and has been a longstanding advocate for the inclusion of writers of colour. She is also the founder of the Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2012. Read more about her inspiring background here:


Hanna Ali at Primadonna Festival, program

Primadonna Festival is the brainchild of a group of inspiring women from the publishing and entertainment industry. The festival was born out of a desire give prominence to work by women and spotlight authors from the margins—and to create a thoroughly joyous and accessible experience. The festival will not only focus on writing and literature, there will also be live music, films and comedy.



“We want to include the kind of women who are often left out,” said one of the founders, author and activist Catherine Mayer in a Guardian interview. In which she also spoke of the enduring weighting towards male writers in the publishing and book promotion businesses.


The Primadonna festival will run from 30 August to 1 September at Stowmarket, Suffolk. Get your tickets here.


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