Evesham Festival of Words 2016

Don’t miss out! Buy a copy of the Evesham Festival of Word’s 2016 short story anthology – a wonderful collection of this year’s prize-winning (and shortlisted) short stories! The anthology is just £5 plus £1.25 for Postage & Packing!  A lovely souvenir of this year’s Festival, and would make a really nice gift.  Start that Christmas shopping early!

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Well we made it! After three action-packed days Evesham’s first ever Festival of Words is now over, and the last feature writing fringe event has now taken place.  It has been frantic, fun, an adrenalin rush, and hugely enjoyed by all who came along to the many events on offer.  A brief period of recovery and reflection will follow before we start planning for 2017, but we have been hugely encouraged by the really positive feedback we have received.  Save the dates: Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July 2017.

Meanwhile enjoy a selection of photos from this year’s event.

Festival Chair, Sue Ablett, found herself speechless when Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn, on behalf of ‘her team’ (ie the Festival Steering Group), presented a stunning basket of flowers – perfectly coordinated with Festival colours.

Presenting flowers to Sue

Presenting flowers to Sue

Evesham Festival of Words got under way with the launch on Friday 17th June of the Festival Bookshop at the Almonry.  49 titles on offer and the bookshop remained open for a whole month.


The programme for The Evesham Festival of Words ran from Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July, with a Festival warmer Quiz Night on Thursday 30th June. All events are listed on the website, including Fringe Events that took place before and after the main Festival.

The Festival has been a celebration of words in all their forms (written, spoken, sung) and has offered plenty for all the family. Events have taken place at a range of venues throughout the town, at a range of prices, there really has been something for everybody.

We were thrilled to have popular and best-selling author, Katie Fforde, as our headline speaker on Friday 1st July.

Katie Fforde

The Festival Finale was a performance by actor, pianist and singer, Michael Lunts, with ‘Coward at Sea’, a nautical musical comedy based on Noel Coward’s ‘P & O 1930’.

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There were a series of Fringe events in the run up to the Festival.  There was also a Short Story Competition which had an amazing set of contributions! Many thanks to everyone who sent in a short story!

If you have any queries about the Festival, or would like to be added to our mailing list to receive information about the 2017 Festival, please contact Sue Ablett, Festival Chair, email: .