The Programme

We have put together a great programme of events for 2022.


Browse the Evesham Festival of Words 2022 Brochure for full details and book events below.

  • September 2022 - mid February 2023

    Calligraphy Exhibition: 'The Written Word'

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

    Originally planned for 2020, we are delighted to finally be putting this work on display. 

    An exhibition by Severn Quills, a group of local, and very talented, calligraphers based in Upton-on-Severn.  The exhibition is themed around the spoken and written word, and the importance of libraries – a perfect theme for a Festival of Words and for an exhibition staged in a library!  If you haven’t seen this Exhibition, do pop into the library.  Its attracting some great comments and they are open to commissioned work.

    Venue: Originally displayed in Evesham Library and affected by a flood, the Exhibition is now on display at The Henrician, Victoria Avenue, Evesham. WR11 4QH.


  • Wednesday 12th October, 7.30 pm

    'A Life in the Arts - Much Laughing and a Few Tears' with Chris Jaegar

    Chris Jaegar is a highly-experienced writer, musician, actor and director, with a lifetime of working in the Arts.  He is Director of the Worcester Festival and Managing Director of ‘On A Role’, which tours a number of one-actor shows nationally and internationally.  His love of folk music encouraged him to become a folk agent, representing a string of well-known folk singers over the years.  He was head-hunted to try to save the failing venue, Huntingdon Hall in Worcester, and then took over Worcester’s Swan Theatre when it went bankrupt.  Both are now thriving. For twelve years he wrote and directed the Swan Theatre’s professional pantomime.  He is Chair of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, and adjudicates drama festivals all over Britain.  He is drama advisor the Royal Navy.   He was until recently Chairman of the English Symphony Orchestra.  In 2013, Chris was awarded the MBE for services to the Arts.  With this incredible and impressive array of work experience, we can be assured of a truly memorable talk.

    Venue: 117 High Street, Evesham.  WR11 4EQ

    Tickets: £8 

  • Friday 4th November, 12.30 for 1.00 pm lunch

    'Canal People' with Tony Conder

    This event was due to take place in March but was cancelled due to the speaker’s illness.  

    250 years ao the canal age began.  Since then people have worked boats and carried cargo, managed and maintained the waterway.  This talk highlights the variety of work on the canals, the role of women and marriage, and peers into all aspects of living on the working waterways.

    Speaker, Tony Conder, was the museum curator for British Waterways and the Waterway Trust for 25 years at Stoke Bruerne, the Canal Museum, and then Gloucester The National Waterways Museum.  Tony is a firm festival favourite and we are delighted to welcome him back to this joint Evesham Festival of Words/Holland House Friendly Lunch event.

    Venue: Holland House, Cropthorne.  WR10 3NB

    Tickets: £20, including 2-course lunch.  (Special diets catered for).  Tickets only available via Holland House –, or email:, or tel: 01386 860330.

  • Wednesday 7th December, 7.00 pm (Zoom) EVENT CANCELLED

    'Cryptic Crosswords'

    If you like nothing more than sitting down and doing a crossword, then this is the event for you, particularly if you’ve never really thought about what goes into setting the crossword – who does it, how do they do it?

    Angela Bell is a self-confessed cruciverbalist (aka a person who enjoys or is skilled at solving crosswords).  Join her for this fascinating online talk as she examines the origins and history of cryptic crosswords, and learn more about the people who set cryptic crosswords.

    Angela also runs a regular online Coffee and Crossword event where attendees work in a group to solve clues.  If you enjoy a crossword puzzle, but sometimes get stuck on a tricky clue or two, this could be just what you need.


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