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.

You can DOWNLOAD THE 2019 BROCHURE!

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!

  • EVESHAM FESTIVAL OF WORDS GIFT VOUCHER

    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, look out for signs that our Festival ‘Book Fairy’ has been out and about, depositing piles of free books in selected venues around the town.  The idea is that you find them, take one, read it, then leave it for someone else to pick up.   To start you off, the Book Fairy has already made a number of drops – Raphael’s Restaurant, Delicious Cafe, Brew Bear, Hampton Farm Shop, Ellenden Farm Shop/Cafe,  JellyPickleJam, Morrisons Community Book Shelf and Yates Court.  Latest fairy visit is Clives of Cropthorne.

    Our Book Fairy has also just deposited a batch of books to two new destinations – Sedgeberrow and Church Lench telephone box Book Exchanges.  Exciting times and we are delighted to be supporting this great community initiative.

  • 2nd - 30th September

    Poetry in Colour

    Poetry in Colour, an exhibition featuring illustrations by local artist, Lindsay Tether inspired by Sue Johnson’s poetry.  Poems by Sue in response to Lindsay’s paintings.  Each poem and illustration tells a story.  They are all linked in some way.

    See also Art & Poetry Workshop – Monday 16th September, 10.00 – 12.00.

    Venue: Evesham Library.

    FREE EVENT

  • Monday 16th September, 10.00 am - 12.00 noon

    Workshop 'Art & Poetry', with Lindsay Tether and Sue Johnson

    Participants will be invited to create their own poem and artwork inspired by the Poetry in Colour Exhibition, which runs from 2nd – 30th September.

    Venue: Evesham Library.

    Tickets: £6, including tea/coffee and home-made cake.   NB: THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.  FOR WAITING LIST ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT 0787 1285606 OR EMAIL INFO@EVESHAMFESTIVALOFWORDS.ORG

  • Thursday 19th September, 7.00 pm

    'Fearful Symmetry, Blake's Jerusalem'

    William Blake is described as the greatest of the English rebel poets that still cannot be ‘put in a box’.  In this one-man play, we join William Blake in 1824 on a regular walk from Hampstead Heath to his home in the Strand after spending a day with his friend John Linnell and family.  As usual for Blake, he is full of song and singing, often using his own verse as lyrics to pass the time as he strolls home.  Questioned about ‘Building a New Jerusalem’, on this walk Blake tests the question for an answer.  This solo performance will be followed by a Q & A session. 

    Playing Blake is Robin Hillman, who will be remembered for his performance of John Clare in 2018.  Robin has spent many years performing as an actor, fiddle-player and singer.  Along with Stephen Loveless, Writer/Director and Co-Producer, who sadly died early 2019, Robin is co-founder of Theatre 17 (an Independent Theatre Company formed to bring theatre to small and unusual venues).  Join us in a new venue for 2019.

    Venue: St Andrew’s Parish Church, Pershore Road, Hampton, Evesham. WR11 2PQ

    Tickets: £8, incl. glass of wine and nibbles.

  • Saturday 5th October, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

    Workshop 'Developing your novel: from idea to first draft', with Alison May

    ‘Developing your Novel: From idea to first draft’ is for anyone who has an idea for a novel they’d love to write, or a draft that’s lost its way, whether it’s your first, second, third or twenty-third novel.  On this one-day course Alison will demystify plot structure, characterisation and setting, and introduce ways to motivate yourself to stick with your draft through the highs and lows of writing a novel.

    Alison May is a writer, tutor, editor and blogger, and a regular contributor to our Festival.  She is also half of the writing team that makes up the author Juliet Bell. 

    Venue: Almonry Museum and Heritage Centre, Abbey Gate, Evesham. WR11 4BQ

    Tickets:  £20, incl tea/coffee and home-made cake.  Bring your own picnic lunch.  NB:  This Workshop is now sold out.  A second date has now been added – Saturday 9th November, see below.

  • Saturday 5th October, 6.30 - 7.45 pm

    '84 Charing Cross Road'

    Join Linda Hart and John Burns in this dramatised reading of 84 Charing Cross Road, the famous story of a 20-year transatlantic correspondence between Helene Hanff, an American writer, and Frank Doel, a London second-hand bookseller.  A shared love of literature was the basis of what became a warm friendship, as Helene sends Frank off in search of Quiller-Couch, Elizabethan love poems, The Canterbury Tales, The Oxford Book of English Verse, and many other tomes.  It is a story full of charm, warmth and humour, that has been the subject of a successful book, film and play.  5th October 2019 marks 70 years to the day since the date of the first letter from Helene.  Join us on this auspicious occasion!

    Linda Hart moved from New York to England in 1975 and had various London-based jobs in countryside conservation.  Since 1993 – living in Herefordshire , then Worcestershire – she has worked as a freelance writer, researcher, editor, lecturer and performer.  She compiled and edited Once They Lived in Gloucestershire: A Dymock Poets Anthology.  

    John Burns’ sensitive and thoughtful readings have delighted audiences from Arundel to York.  As a regular and popular performer at Ledbury Poetry Festival for over twenty years, his readings range from tragedy to comedy, poetry to prose, Lord Byron to Robert Browning.  One reviewer referred to his ‘velvet vocals’ and the phrase now follows him around.

    This event is kindly sponsored by Waitrose & Partners.

    Venue: NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE FROM THAT PUBLISHED IN BROCHURE.  This event will not now take place in Waitrose Cafe, but in Hampton Community Hall, Pershore Road, Evesham.  WR11 2PQ.

    Tickets: £8, including drink/nibbles.

  • Monday 21st October, 2 - 4 pm

    Workshop: 'Stepping into Self-publishing: marketing your book', with Ellie Stevenson

    Following on from her very popular workshop: ‘Motivation and Moving Forward’, held in February, Ellie Stevenson returns by popular demand with a follow up workshop offering guidance on marketing your forthcoming or published book – both ebook and print versions.  This is always a popular topic so do book early to secure a place.

    Venue: Almonry Museum & Tourist Information Centre

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

  • Saturday 9th November, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

    Workshop: 'Developing Your Novel: From Idea to First Draft' with Alison May

    Due to popular demand, we are adding a second date for this workshop.

    ‘Developing your Novel: From idea to first draft’ is for anyone who has an idea for a novel they’d love to write, or a draft that’s lost its way, whether it’s your first, second, third or twenty-third novel.  On this one-day course Alison will demystify plot structure, characterisation and setting, and introduce ways to motivate yourself to stick with your draft through the highs and lows of writing a novel.

    Alison May is a writer, tutor, editor and blogger, and a regular contributor to our Festival.  She is also half of the writing team that makes up the author Juliet Bell.

    Venue: Almonry Museum and Heritage Centre, Abbey Gate, Evesham. WR11 4BQ

    Tickets:  £20, incl tea/coffee and home-made cake.  Bring your own picnic lunch.  NB:  This Workshop is identical to the one on 5th October. 

  • 1st November

    Short Story Competition launch

    The 2020 Short Story Competition will be 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).  Further details to follow.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mid December - early 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.

    FREE EVENT

  • 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.