The Festival runs from Friday to Sunday during the third weekend in May, preceded by the Book Week for Young Readers. The emphasis is on informal discussions and spirited debates between several writers with a chairperson, or one-on-one conversations, and occasional talks. Starting at 10am and ending at 5pm, up to eight one-hour events run concurrently with half an hour between each. Fringe events include literary and publishers’ dinners, book launches, writing workshops, a school spelling bee, wine writers’ prizes and classical music concerts. In 2008 the FLF was honoured to host the Commonwealth Writers Prize events.