The Programme

Our programme for 2021 is coming to an end, still not a normal year, though we have managed some live events and quite a few on zoom.   Full details of all events are on the Programme page. 

We had a great line up for 2020 though sadly most events had to be cancelled.  Hopefully we can rearrange some in 2022.   You can download the 2020 Festival Brochure.  

  • 1st November

    Launch of 2021 Short Story Competition

    1st November sees the launch of our Short Story Competition.  Click here to download the Rules for EveshamFoW Short Story Competition 2022.

  • Wed 3rd November, 7.30 pm (Zoom event)

    'How to sing in the rain - building a toolbox of wellbeing strategies in the time of Covid 19' with Rachel Kelly

    Rachel Kelly is a former Times journalist, who is now a mental health campaigner, public speaker and writer.  In her early 30s, Rachel was diagnosed with serious depression and subsequently suffered two major depressive episodes.  Since then she has written about the condition and how she has recovered.  She now speaks publicly about her experience of depression and recovery in an effort to reduce stigma and educate people about the reality of mental illness.  Rachel is the author of four books.  In this event Rachel explores the physical and psychological strategies which can help us cope with the challenges to our daily lives since the coronavirus pandemic.  She encourages the audience to build up their own toolbox of wellbeing strategies, and to sing in the rain: to find the positives, however negative life may seem at times.  Equally applicable to other stressful situations in life.

    Venue: N/A (Zoom event)

    Tickets: £4 (log in details sent once payment received)  

  • Sat 13th November, 10.30 am -

    Workshop: 'Short Story Competitions - Catching the Judge's Eye' with Helen Yendall

    Entering writing competitions can be fun and inspiring but also a source of frustration.  If you’re not placed or shortlisted, how do you know how close you were, or whether your story had the ‘X-factor’?  As we launch our 2022 Short Story Competition, this practical workshop led by one of the Competition Readers, will provide an insight into what makes a good competition story (and what doesn’t!) and how to give yourself the best chance of doing well.  There will be exercises to help generate ideas and Helen will refer to some of the stories she has read as part of the 2021 and 2020 Competition (but without names or specifics!), and the lessons learned, as a writer, from judging them.  Whether you regularly enter competitions, or are taking the plunge for the first time, you’ll feel better equipped – and inspired – to start sending your stories out into the big wide world. Helen is a writing tutor, novelist and short story writer, who has won or been placed in several writing competitions.  She is a member of the Festival Steering Group and leads our Book Club.

    Venue: 117 High Street, Evesham. WR11 4EQ

    Tickets: £15 inc tea/coffee and cake.

  • 1st December

    'Christmas Literary Quiz Sheet'

    Try your hand at some easy and fiendishly difficult literary questions.  Just the thing to while away a bit of time over the festive season.   Prize for the winner.

  • 11th December - 28th December

    'Evesham Christmas Tree Festival'

    Once again the Festival will be exhibiting a tree as part of Evesham Christmas Tree Festival.  With a new venue of All Saints Church, this is always a lovely event and well worth a visit.  The Festival launches officially at noon on Saturday 11th December.

    Venue: All Saints Church, Market Place, Evesham.  

  • May 2022

    Calligraphy Exhibition: 'The Written Word'

    The art of beautiful writing …. or, in other words, Calligraphy.

    An exhibition by Severn Quills, a group of local calligraphers based in Upton-on-Severn.  The exhibition is themed around the spoken and written word, and the importance of libraries.   This follows on from the very popular Calligraphy Workshop at the 2019 Festival.

    Venue: Evesham Library, Oat Street. WR11 4PJ


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