The Steering group
Sue Ablett, Festival Chair
A great reader and passionate supporter of Evesham. Led successful Bell Tower Appeal and also chaired the Evesham Cyclefest for its first two years. Has considerable experience of fundraising and event management, not to mention a boundless amount of energy! Totally passionate about Evesham Festival of Words!
Stan Brotherton, Treasurer
Born and bred in Evesham and keen to promote all that the town has to offer. Stan, a qualified accountant and a qualified school teacher, acted as treasurer, webmaster and project manager for the Bell Tower Appeal and conservation project. His has a background in audit and management consultancy. Stan is also a published local historian.
Joyce has lived in Evesham for over 40 years. She is a former Mayoress and has served as a school governor in a local school. She is currently an active member of Hampton WI, Evesham Rotary Club and Evesham Methodist Church, as well as being part of the Evesham Street Pastors team, and is now an active volunteer for the Festival.
Cathy has lived in Evesham for 30 years, a Librarian and avid reader, she is delighted to be involved in the Festival of Words. Never one to be idle, Cathy spends her retirement working one day a week at Broadway Tower, but also serves as a Vale Guide and a volunteer at the Broadway Museum & Art Gallery.
Involved in PR and writing in her professional life. Entered the Short Story Competition in 2014 and 2015, and shortlisted in both years. Keen to improve her writing skills, but also contribute, particularly her PR experience, to the Festival.
Manager of the Almonry Heritage and Tourist Information Centre, has over 15 years experience working in museums, heritage and culture. A qualified teacher with experience of teaching at FE level but prefers to indulge her love of history and heritage by working with people to make heritage accessible.
Published as a poet, short story writer and novelist. She also creates books aimed at helping other writers. She is a Writing Magazine Creative Writing Tutor and also runs her own brand of writing workshops.
Ann is a former nurse and midwife. She is an experienced event organiser and professional speaker at local, regional and national conferences. Ann is married, has two children and her interests include travel, photography, local history and theatre/dance.
The Editor of Cotswold and Vale Magazine, has own PR company. Loves Evesham, loves reading, keen to promote Evesham as a visitor destination. An ‘ideas person’, able to help with publicity.
Better known as ‘Mrs Evesham’, very involved in many aspects of town life – Town Councillor for 30 years, Evesham and Schools in Bloom, President of Wychavon Festival of Brass, Town Guide, runs Angling Festival. Has kept a diary since the 1960s. Would love to write a book.
Published writer, creative writing tutor, organised Open Mic session in 2016. Judge of Flash Fiction competition as part of Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe. Brings writer experience, experience of running workshops and writing classes, and local writer contacts.
Advisor to the Steering Group
Polly Stretton, published poet and a former Director of Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe. Leads the Festival Poetry Walk.
TV journalist who presents for BBC News. Has a regular Sunday breakfast show on BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio.
“It was Rudyard Kipling who said that words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. If that is the case, I look forward to us all getting very high indeed with the excellent programme that will be on offer at the Evesham Festival of Words.”
Recently elected MP for Mid-Worcestershire
“I am delighted that Evesham is to have its own Festival of Words. Alot of work is being put into the event. It will be a great celebration of the power of words and the joy of reading and will have something to attract and engage all ages.”
A local lad, impressionist, stand-up comic, actor and writer.
“I am delighted to add my support to this exciting new Evesham Festival. Already a great programme is being lined up – it really does include something for everyone. This event will be another exciting addition to the range of Festivals already on offer in Evesham.”