Do you love to write or want to try it out? As part of the Play on Words Festival we're looking for local writers and poets to get involved with our Literary Trail!

The Literary Trail invites anyone who loves to write or who wants to try it out (and has a story to tell!) to write a short story or poem based on the town, shops and local businesses around New Milton. It's completely FREE to take part and the best pieces will be displayed in local shop and business windows from 11 October - 3 November 2019. 

Sound like a good idea? Here's how to get involved...

1. Choose a subject 

Choose from the list of shops and businesses below for inspiration, or use your own stories about New Milton:

  • Forest Arts Centre
  • Lighting Centre
  • L+J Sandwich Shop
  • The Exchange dress agency
  • Serendipity One & Two
  • El Rico's
  • New Milton Memorial Centre
  • New Forest Stationers
  • The Hourglass Pub
  • Toys of New Milton
  • New Forest Sport
  • Hardy’s Electrical
  • Station Financial
  • Flower Vogue
  • New Milton Library
  • Homemill Dental care
  • Arnewood Surgery


2. Write a poem or short story no more than 300 words - make it something quick to read that is interesting and local! 

3. Submit your work via: 

- print submission form and drop it into the box office or email it to:

- or online submission form 

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Sunday 6 October 

Once we have received all of the application forms, a small team will then pick the most interesting, current and suitable stories for the Literary Trail. As most pieces will be visible to all members of the public we shall only accept ‘family friendly’ work.

For more info please contact 

Have fun writing and we shall look forward to receiving all your submissions!


What is the Play on Words Festival? 

Play on Words is a festival of books & literature with something for everyone. The festival aims to engage the local community with literature in all its forms, providing a platform for local writers! 

The events will take place at a variety of venues and cover a range of subjects in order to reach audiences who would not necessarily consider themselves “literary audiences”. Events will include talks, poetry evenings, a literary walk, creative writing workshops, children’s activities and meet the author events.

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