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!
Jan is a qualified librarian, and worked for Warwickshire Library service for nearly thirty years. She ran events for them across the county, meeting many artists, writers, poets and musicians. So she has lots of contacts and friends, some of whom she hopes can be introduced to the Festival , where their work can be presented to new audiences. Jan is one of the judges for the inaugural Festival Poetry Competition.
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.
Galen was brought up in Evesham and returned to Evesham in retirement after a career in contracting and education management. Galen is delighted to work for and serve organisations connected with the town and county of his birth. Galen is also a Governor of St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester and a school governor.
Noelle has lived in Evesham for 30 years. A retired Chartered Librarian, she has worked in schools, colleges and public libraries, and has been a school governor, a reader for the Talking Newspapers for the Blind, and a fundraiser for the Adventure Playground. An avid reader and crossword solver, she is delighted to be part of the Evesham Festival of Words.
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.
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.
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.
Helen is a short story writer and course tutor. Not only has she has run a number of workshops for the Festival, but she is also in charge of the Festival twitter account.
Lynn and her family moved to a village near Evesham twenty-seven years ago, planning to stay for three! She retired from teaching two years ago and enjoys a wide range of activities to keep body and mind active and healthy. Lynn enjoys reading, loves poetry and hiking in our beautiful countryside. She is really pleased to become more involved in the promotion and celebration of Evesham’s Festival of Words.
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.”
MP for Mid-Worcestershire
“I am delighted that Evesham is to have its own Festival of Words. A lot 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.”