The Programme

Our main 2017 Festival weekend ran from Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July, but with a much expanded range of really exciting fringe events before and after.  
You can download the Festival Brochure here!
We still have some great fringe events to come, including our Second Friday Stories each month.  Tickets for all future events are now available. To reserve tickets for any of the events listed, please email  [email protected], or telephone the Festival Chair, Sue Ablett, on 0787 1285606, or purchase online via Paypal.  Tickets are also available from The Almonry Museum & Heritage Centre, tel: 01386 446944.  


Planning for 2018 has now started, scroll down for a glimpse of some of the great events to come next year.

 – This colour indicates a child & family event! 


 –  This colour indicates a fringe event! 


  – This colour indicates a regular event!

  • Available Now!

    Festival Book Bag

    You can now buy a brilliant book bag! This handy cotton bag – especially designed for the Evesham Festival of Words – is a wonderful memento and an excellent gift! Stock is limited; so make sure to buy yours now!  Also available to purchase at Festival events.

    Price: £2.50 plus £1.25 P&P

    Click on an image to have a closer look!

  • What makes Evesham special?

    This year’s great Cotswold & Vale Magazine challenge as part of the Festival was to invite folk to send in poems on the theme of ‘What makes Evesham special?’   Judging is now complete and the winners were announced in the July issue of Cotswold & Vale Magazine!  The winning adult and junior poems will be appearing as a permanent feature in the town.  Watch this space!

  • Friday 13th October, 11.00 - 12.30

    'Second Friday Stories'

    ‘Second Friday Stories’ run for an hour on the second friday of each month in Evesham Library.  Come along, listen to some local authors, enjoy a cuppa, meet like-minded people, and its free!    The October line-up is: Colin Pitts, singer-songwriter; Marisa Knight – children’s author; and Sue Ablett, Chair Evesham Festival of Words.

  • Monday 23rd October, 12 noon

    Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting

    Come along and enjoy a drink and a 2-course lunch in the delightful surroundings of Holland House, followed by a fascinating talk by Professor Martin Kemp, who will uncover the true story of the Mona Lisa with a wealth of previously undiscovered revelations about the people behind the portrait, how Leonardo painted it, and what it meant to him.  Martin Kemp is Emeritus Professor in the History of Art at Trinity College, Oxford University, and is one of the world’s leading authorities on Leonardo da Vinci.  ‘Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting‘ by Martin Kemp and Giuseppe Pallanti, published by OUP, 8th June 2017.  

    Tickets: LUNCH TICKETS SOLD OUT. LIMITED NUMBER FOR COFFEE/TALK at £5 .  Contact Holland House direct, tel: 01386 86033.

    Venue: Holland House, Cropthorne

  • Friday 10th November, 11.00 - 12.30

    'Second Friday Stories'

    Second Friday Stories run for an hour and a half on the second friday of each month in Evesham Library.  Come along and listen to some local authors, enjoy a cuppa, meet like-minded people, and its free!  Coming in November:  Diana Harrison (Westerns and Horror); Angela Fitch (photography) and Amanda Reynolds (crime).

  • Friday 17th November, 10.30 am - 1.30pm

    Create a Great Story Writing Workshop

    Local writer, Sue Johnson gives ideas and techniques for creating saleable fiction.  Come along and be inspired!

    This workshop is being donated by Sue as a joint fundraiser for Evesham Festival of Words and The Almonry Museum.

    The cost is £20.  Tea, coffee, home-made cake and biscuits included.

    Venue: The Almonry Museum.

  • Friday 8th December, 11.00 - 12.30

    'Second Friday Stories'

    Second Friday Stories run for an hour and a half on the second friday of each month in Evesham Library.  Come along and listen to some local authors, enjoy a cuppa, meet like-minded people, and its free!  Coming in December:  Paige Elizabeth Turner (crime 3rd novel out in January); Sue Johnson (4th novel out December); Bob Woodroofe (new hardback poetry book).

  • Saturday 9th December, 10.30 am - 3.30 pm


    Come along to the Almonry and meet a host of local writers, encompassing a wide range of writing styles and genres, including children’s stories.  Meet the authors, enjoy a chat, short talks on a range of topics throughout the day (still to be finalised).  Free event and free refreshments.  Perfect opportunity to snap up some of those last minute christmas presents!

    Free event.

    Venue:  Almonry Museum and Heritage Centre

  • Thursday 21st December

    'Dickens' Penny Readings'

    As part of the Almonry Christmas celebrations, we feature Cambridge-based Geoff Hales for a legendary performance of some of Charles Dickens’ Penny Readings.  (Further details of time and tickets to follow)

  • 2018

    A glimpse of what's to come in 2018!

    Regular free monthly events:

    Meet and Write: 1st Monday of month, 2.45pm, Flavours

    Writers Meets: 1st Wednesday of month, 10.30 am, various cafes

    Second Friday Stories: (11am – 12.30 pm) Evesham Library


    Forthcoming fringe events (more details to follow):

    Thursday 11th January: Holland House Lunch and Talk, 12 noon.  Speaker – Tim Porter ‘ Evesham Abbey’.  Tickets £15 from Holland House.

    Tuesday 30th January, 2 – 4 pm, Almonry.  ‘Presenting your work, tips for the terrified!‘ a workshop with Sue Ablett and Sue Johnson.  Learn the tricks of the trade and see your confidence grow!  Tickets £10.

    Monday 19th March, 2 – 4 pm, Almonry.  ‘Flash fiction workshop’ with Sue Johnson and Roz Levens.  Sue and Roz offer inspiration from start to finish.  There will be an opportunity for participants to read their stories at The Almonry on Sunday 1st July 2018.  Tickets £15.

    Tuesday 27th March, 12 noon.  Holland House Lunch and Talk.  Speaker: Nathen Amin.  ‘The House of Beaufort and the Battle of Tewkesbury.   Tickets £15 via Holland House.

    Tuesday 15th May, 2 – 4pm.  ‘Great Big Poetry Read.  Free event – venue to be confirmed.