The Programme

We have a fantastic line-up for 2019.  The main Festival weekend might be over but we still have some great events coming up.  All 2019 events are on the website and the full Festival Brochure is still available.


Some events are bound to sell out quickly so do book early to avoid disappointment!

If you missed our 2018 Festival, you can still download the 2018 Brochure.

 – This colour indicates a child & family event! 

 –  This colour indicates an event outside the main Festival weekend! 

  – This colour indicates an event during the main Festival weekend!


    Looking for an exciting Christmas/birthday present for someone?  Then an Evesham Festival of Words Gift Voucher may be just what you are looking for!  Available in denominations of £10, the voucher will be emailed to you on payment and can be redeemed against any future Festival event.

  • 2019

    Free events in 2019!

    Interesting in writing or meeting local writers?  Come along to our monthly ‘Writers Meets’ on the first Wednesday of each month at 10.30 am at JellyPickleJam Cafe.  Everyone welcome! 

    Meanwhile, our Festival ‘Book Fairy’ has been out and about, depositing books around the town.  The idea is that you find them, take one, read it, then leave it for someone else to pick up.   We have book fairy collections at: Raphael’s Restaurant, Delicious Cafe, Brew Bear, Hampton Farm Shop, Ellenden Farm Shop/Cafe, Clives of Cropthorne, JellyPickleJam, Morrisons Community Book Shelf and Yates Court, as well as in the telephone box book exchanges in Church Lench and Sedgeberrow.  The books are free – we just ask that you enjoy! 

  • 1st November

    Short Story Competition launch

    The 2020 Short Story Competition launched 1st November, with a closing date of midnight on Friday 20th March.  The Competition is open to adults and juniors (8-11, and 12-15). 

    Rules for the FREE children’s competition: Junior Competition Rules

    Rules for the adult competition: General Competition Rules

  • Saturday 16th November, 1.45 - 3.45pm

    Workshop: 'Short Stories for 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 2020 Short Story Competition*, this practical workshop, led by one of our 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 the 120+ entries she read for the 2019 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 Yendall is a writer, tutor and blogger, who has won or been placed in several writing competitions, including TamLitFest, Wells Festival and Winchester Uni Festival.

    • Evesham Festival of Words 2020 Short Story Competition will be launched 1st November.  Closing date for entries, midnight on Friday 20th March 2020.

    Venue:  Evesham Library, Upstairs Meeting Room.

    Tickets: £15, including tea/coffee and home-made cake.  NOTE:  This workshop is now sold out.  For waiting list please email

  • 1st December

    'Christmas Wordy Quiz Sheet'

    Our 2019 ‘Christmas Wordy Quiz Sheet’ will be out from 1st December, with a closing date of Sunday 5th January 2020.  Free to enter.  £10 book token to the winner.  Available to download from the Festival website, or pick up from the Almonry or the Christmas Tree display in St. Lawrence’s Church.

  • 7th December - 5th January 2020

    'Christmas Tree Festival'

    Come along to Evesham’s third Christmas Tree Festival in the beautiful setting of St. Lawrence’s Church.  Admire our Festival tree, and all the others, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of our Christmas Wordy Quiz Sheet, and the Outline Programme for 2020.


  • Monday 16th December, 7.30 pm

    'Christmas at the Almonry'

    Come along to the Almonry for a fabulous evening concert with Musyck Anon and David Howe, performing music, songs, readings and anecdotes to celebrate the festive season, and all served up with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.  (A Joint Almonry/Festival of Words event).

    Venue: Almonry Museum & Tourist Information Centre

    Tickets: £5, available from the Almonry only.