The Programme

Preparations for 2020 are going well.  We still have some gaps to fill and more events later in the year but already we have a fabulous line up.  The outline 2020 programme can be downloaded here.  Tickets will be available from January.  Some events are bound to sell out quickly so do book early to avoid disappointment!

 

We had a fantastic line-up for 2019.  You can read about all the completed events and the full Festival Brochure is still available. You can download the 2019 brochure hereIf 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.

  • 2019/2020

    Free events!

    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! 

    We will be launching the Evesham Festival of Words Book Club in January 2020.  Led by local author and creative writing tutor, Helen Yendall, this is a really exciting development.  The first meeting will be Tuesday 14th January, from 7.15 – 8.45 pm, and then every second Tuesday of the month (ie 11tth February, 10th March, etc).  The venue will be 117 High Street, Evesham. WR11 4EQ (former BBC Club).  There is plenty of parking and a bar.  There is no charge for joining but members will need to obtain their own copy of each month’s chosen book.  Your local library may be able to order them for you.  From the March meeting, members will decide on books.  For January and February we have chosen two novels by authors with links to the Festival.  They are very different and will hopefully whet your appetite for the Book Club.  January 14th: The Hidden Wife’ by Amanda Reynolds.  February 11th: The Conjurer’s Bird by Martin Davies.  Contact Helen if you would like to come along: helenyendall@yahoo.co.uk.

    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 December

    'Christmas Wordy Quiz Sheet'

    Our 2019 ‘Christmas Wordy Quiz Sheet’ is now available: closing date of Sunday 5th January 2020.  Free to enter.  £10 book token to the winner.  You can download the Christmas Quiz here, 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.

    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.

  • Monday 13th January, 12.30 for 1.00 pm

    'The Chamberlains and the Civic Gospel' with Andrew Reekes

    Late nineteenth century Birmingham was renowned both as the ‘best governed city in the world’ and as ‘the most artistic town in England.’  It was also the progenitor of the ‘civic gospel’ which sought to elevate and improve its citizens.  Two unrelated Chamberlains, Joseph and John Henry, were above all others responsible for practically implementing the ideals of this gospel.  Joseph masterminded a municipal revolution which transformed Birmingham’s physical environment; John Henry Chamberlain was prominent in beautifying the city and in educating its citizens intellectually and aesthetically.  This lecture by Andrew Reekes tells their inspiring story.

    Andrew was a scholar of Exeter College, Oxford.  He is formerly Head of History at Tonbridge, Cranleigh and Cheltenham Colleges.  He completed post-graduate research at the University of Birmingham on Joseph Chamberlain and is the author of a number of books.

    Venue: Holland House, Cropthorne. WR10 3NB

    Tickets: £18, inc 2-course lunch, only available from Holland House, tel: 01386 860330.  Pre-booking essential. 

  • Monday 10th February, 10.30 am - 1.00 pm

    Workshop: 'Stepping into Social Media - Marketing Your Book' with Ellie Stevenson

    Can social media help sell your book?  Why use it, how to use it, and what social media is.  In this half-day workshop, author and coach Ellie Stevenson shares insights on choosing and using the right tools for you and your target audience.  Learn how to make the most of social media to promote your work.  The workshop will be interactive with quizzes, discussion and activities.

    Venue: Evesham Library, Oat Street, Evesham. WR11 4PJ

    Tickets: £15, inc tea/coffee and home-made cake.

  • Monday 2nd March, 12.30 for 1.00 pm

    'Gloucestershire's Chosen Trio' with Tony Conder

    Enjoy a two-course lunch followed by this illustrated talk by Tony Conder on the friendship between Ivor Gurney, Herbert Howells and F.W. Harvey, and how their work was stimulated by Gloucestershire, the Severn and the Malvern Hills.  The talk covers their early lives and their years of close friendship before World War 1.  Each of the three would find an artistic outlet in music and poetry but their futures would be very different.

    Since retiring Tony Conder has been a volunteer with Gloucester Civic Trust, giving guided walks round the city.  He also researches and talks about the City and County’s history.  He worked with British Waterways Board and came to Gloucester to open the National Waterways Museum.

    Venue: Holland House, Cropthorne WR10 3NB (www.hollandhouse.org

    Tickets: £18, inc lunch, only available from Holland House, tel: 01386 860330).  Pre-booking essential.

  • Saturday 7th March, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

    Workshop: 'Developing Your Novel (2): Editing' with Alison May

    Developing Your Novel Part 2: Editing’ is for anyone who has ever got part way through the draft of a novel and felt like giving up, or who has a draft sitting in a drawer or on a hard drive and doesn’t know what to do next.  On this one-day course, Alison May will demystify editing and revising the first draft of your story to create a polished novel.  She will take you through techniques to break your story down, common mistakes in first drafts and the different stages of the editing process.

    Alison May is a writer, tutor, editor and blogger.  She is a regular contributor to Evesham Festival of Words.

    Venue: Almonry, Abbey Gate, Evesham. WR11 4BQ

    Tickets: £25, inc tea/coffee and home-made cake.  Bring your own picnic lunch.

  • 30th March - 30th April

    Exhibition: 'Unfinished Threads'

    More information to follow. 

    See below details of related Talk/Presentation Monday 20th April.

    Venue: Evesham Library, Oat Street. WR11 4PJ

    FREE EVENT

  • Friday 10th April, 2.30 pm

    'An Afternoon with the Bard of Barntown'

    Enjoy a classic Raphaels afternoon tea in the company of the Bard of Barntown, Margaret Daniels, also known as Gloucestershire’s answer to Pam Ayres.  Margaret has been entertaining audiences for years with her amusing poems and anecdotes, mostly based on her own life, and all written by her.  Guaranteed to be a wonderful afternoon!  “From the opening poem to the last, she had the members in a state of continuous laughter!” (Stroud Wine Club)

    Venue: Raphaels Restaurant, Hampton Ferry, Boat Lane, Evesham. WR11 4BP

    Tickets: £12.50 inc afternoon tea (available only from Raphaels, tel: 01386 45460)

  • Monday 20th April, 2.00 - 4.00 pm

    Talk/Presentation: 'Unfinished Threads' with Sue Johnson and Amanda Davies

    More information to follow.

    Venue: Evesham Library, Oat Street. WR11 4PJ

    Tickets: £6 inc tea/coffee and home-made cake.

  • Saturday 25th April, 7.00 pm

    'Travel Talk and Meal'

    Festival Chair, Sue Ablett, is a great traveller and an enthusiastic speaker.  Join us for a two course supper, followed by an illustrated talk, ‘Georgia: Crossroads of Europe and Asia’.  This is the 14th year running that Sue has done an annual travel talk and meal.  Always a popular evening; good company, good food, and an interesting and enjoyable talk.  Profits from this event will be donated to Evesham Abbey Trust.

    Venue: Raphaels Restaurant, Boat Lane, Evesham. WR11 4BP

    Tickets: £18 inc 2-course supper.  Pre-booking essential.

  • Monday 27th April, 7.30 pm

    'The Mysterious Mrs Christie'

    In this illustrated talk, best-selling author Andrew Wilson casts Agatha Christie as detective in his compelling series of crime novels – A Talent for Murder, A Different Kind of Evil, and Death in a Desert Land.  Here he talks about Christie’s own mysterious life and how he was inspired by the Queen of Crime.

    Andrew Wilson is also author of: Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin; Harold Robbins: The Man who Invented Sex; Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith; and Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those who Survived.

    Venue: 117 High Street (former BBC Club), Evesham. WR11 4EQ

    Tickets: £8

  • Wednesday 6th May, 6.30 for 7.00 pm

    'Hitting the Headlines ... as a Newspaper Editor'

    Ellenden Farm Shop once again hosts a 2-course supper, followed by after dinner speaker, in what is always a very popular evening.  Speaker John Butterworth has been a journalist for 44 years, a newspaper editor for 28 years and was awarded the MBE in 2008.  He has been editor of four papers, plus running his own newspaper.  Here he talks about the joys of being an editor, what goes on at a weekly newspaper, and shares some of his best stories.  All of that combined with a delicious meal!  This event always sells out very quickly.  Book early to avoid disappointment!

    Venue: Ellenden Farm Shop, Evesham Road, Harvington, WR11 8LU

    Tickets:  £18, inc 2-course supper, served prompt at 7pm.  Pre-booking essential.

  • 1st - 30th June

    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

    FREE EVENT

  • 2nd - 30th June

    Photography Exhibition: 'Music in Monochrome'

    Back again for the fourth year running, Birlingham Photography Club will once again be putting on an exhibition of members’ photos.  Come along to the Circle Bar of Evesham’s iconic Regal Cinema to see how the photographers have reflected the theme of music in this year’s ‘Music in Monochrome’ Exhibition.  The photos will be on display for the whole of June.  Vote for your favourite – some great prizes to be won.  Pop in after seeing a film, or call in for a coffee and make sure you visit the exhibition.

    Venue: Circle Bar, Regal Cinema, Port Street, Evesham. WR11 3LD

    FREE EXHIBITION

  • Wednesday 3rd June, 2.00 - 4.30 pm

    'In the Footsteps of Laurie Lee' with David Parker

    In 1994 TV Producer David Parker spent the summer recording interviews with much-loved author Laurie Lee, a man who generally did not ‘do’ television.   David shared those lost recordings at a fabulous Festival of Words event in 2018.  Here we have the chance to join David for a special guided tour of the village enshrined in much of Laurie Lee’s work. 

    Note that terrain is uneven and there are some gradients.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear suitable footwear.  Why not arrive early and enjoy a nice pub lunch before the walk.

    Venue: Meet at the Woolpack, Slad. GL6 7QA.

    Tickets:  £12.  Lifts available on request.

  • Wednesday 24th June, 7.00 pm

    'The Muck and Shovel Brigade'

    ‘The Muck and Shovel Brigade’, written and performed by former Worcestershire Poet-Laureate, Heather Wastie, begins with a Parliamentary Act which legally abandoned the Droitwich Canals in 1939.  This one-woman show follows the life, and near death, of the waterway as volunteers campaigned, cajoled and laboured for over fifty years to bring it back into use.  A moving tale, told in poetry, song and projected photographs, of reeds and brambles, wellies, anoraks and mud up to your knees.

    Venue: Unitarian Chapel, Oat Street, Evesham. WR11 4PJ

    Tickets: £10, including wine and nibbles.

  • Thursday 25th June, 7.30 pm

    'Bookworms Quiz Night'

    An essential warm up to our main Festival weekend, the Bookworms Quiz Night is always a really popular and enjoyable evening.  Quizmasters Helen Yendall and Chris Cherry will once again be posing a range of questions – some easy, some challenging – but guaranteed to be fun.

    Venue: Raphaels Restaurant, Hampton Ferry, Boat Lane, Evesham.WR11 4BP

    Tickets: £7.50 per person (teams of 4).  Light supper included.  Pre-booking of teams essential.

  • Friday 26th June, 10.45 - 11.45 am

    'Libraries of the World - More than Just Books'

    Back once more by popular demand, Festival Chair Sue Ablett again combines her love of travel with a love of books in what is bound to be another fascinating talk.   You can be assured of a fun session, and you’ll go away knowing more about libraries than when you started.    Think it’s a dry subject – not at all!  As an attendee at one of Sue’s previous travel talks with a literary twist said: “Its always fascinating to try and work out where Sue is going to take us in these talks.”  Come along and enjoy the ride – you won’t be disappointed!

    Venue:  Wallace House, Oat Street, Evesham. WR11 4PJ

    Tickets: £6, including tea/coffee and home-made cake.

  • Friday 26th June, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon

    Workshop: 'Writing Psychological Suspense'

    Best-selling author of three thrillers, Amanda Reynolds, joins Evesham Festival of Words to lead a writers’ workshop focussing on the ever popular genre of psychological suspense.   With practical tools and inspirational exercises, Amanda will take you through the process of writing a page-turning crime novel that will grip your readers.

    Amanda’s third novel, The Hidden Wife, has been chosen as the first book for our new Evesham Festival of Words Book Club.  It has had some great reviews:  “Tremendous …. Chilling.”  “Brilliantly atmospheric and creepy.”

    Venue: Mulberry Room, Evesham Hotel, Coopers Lane, Evesham. WR11 1DA

    Tickets: £15, including tea/coffee.

     

  • Friday 26th June, 2.00 - 3.00 pm

    'Wrestling with an Octopus' with Susanna Beard

    Author Susanna Beard is fascinated by human relationships.  She can be found people-watching wherever she goes, always finding material for her writing.  A relatively new author, having changed her career in her late 50s to take up writing novels, Susanna writes psychological fiction.  Her debut novel, Dare to Remember, was published in February 2017 and her second, The Truth Waits, in November 2019.  Join us as Susanna shares her journey, full of joy and disappointment, to becoming a published author, and find out where that octopus fits in!

    Venue: Mulberry Room, Evesham Hotel, Coopers Lane, Evesham. WR11 1DA

    Tickets: £6.

  • Friday 26th June, 3.30 - 4.30 pm

    'The Real Sherlock Holmes' with Angela Buckley

    A master of disguise and expert in deduction, Detective Jerome Caminada tracked ruthless criminals through the dangerous underworld of nineteenth century Manchester.   Bearing all the hallmarks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Detective Caminada’s compelling story establishes him as a true Victorian supersleuth and a real-life Sherlock Holmes.

    Angela Buckley is a crime writer and author.  Her first book, The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada, was inspired by her own family’s roots in Manchester.  Angela’s work has featured in national newspapers and magazines.  She has appeared on BBC radio and TV and been a speaker at a number of prestigious festivals.

    Venue: Mulberry Room, Evesham Hotel, Coopers Lane, Evesham. WR11 1DA

    Tickets: £6.

  • Friday 26th June, 7.00 pm

    'An Evening with (guest author to be confirmed)'

    Following an evening with our guest speaker (to be confirmed), there will be presentation of prizes to the winners of our 2020 Festival of Words Short Story Competition.  More information to follow.

    Venue: Northwick Hotel, Waterside, Evesham. WR11 1BT

    Tickets: £8 inc wine and nibbles.

  • Saturday 27th June, 10.30 - 11.30 am

    Author Talk: To be confirmed

    Author talk – to be confirmed.  More information to follow.

    Venue: Friends Meeting House, Cowl Street, Evesham. WR11 4PJ

    Tickets: £6 inc tea/coffee and home-made cake.

  • Saturday 27th June, 12.00 - 1.00 pm

    Author Talk: To be confirmed

    Author talk – to be confirmed.  More information to follow.

    Venue: Friends Meeting House, Cowl Street, Evesham. WR11 4PJ

    Tickets: £6 inc tea/coffee and home-made cake.

  • Saturday 27th June, 1.30 - 3.30 pm

    Workshop: 'Crime Writing' with Alice Castle

    Before turning to crime writing, Alice Castle was a feature writer on national newspapers including The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph.  Alice writes psychological thrillers for HQDigital under the name A.M. Castle.  The first, The Perfect Widow, was published in November 2019. She also writes the Death in Dulwich cosy crime series for Darkstroke/Crooked Cat as Alice Castle.   The seventh in the series, The Slayings in Sydenham, came out in December 2019.  Alice loves talking to readers.  Find her on Twitter @AliceMCastle, or her website www.alicecastleauthor.com.

    Venue: Friends Meeting House, Cowl Street, Evesham. WR11 4PJ

    Tickets: £15 inc tea/coffee and home-made cake.

  • Saturday 27th June, 1.30 - 2.30 pm

    Talk and Tour: 'Evesham Abbey Site - The Vision and the Reality' with Barrie Baldelli

    The project to open up the site of Evesham Abbey, which was the third largest Abbey in the country, prior to Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries, is the dreamchild of Abbey Trust Chairman, Barrie Baldelli.  In this talk and tour, hear about the vision for the site and how it became a reality – the challenges along the way, and what the ultimate aim for the site entails.  There will be an opportunity to walk around the site: suitable footwear recommended.

    Venue: Meet outside The Almonry, Abbey Gate, Evesham. WR11 4BQ

    FREE EVENT

  • Saturday 27th June, 3.00 - 4.00 pm

    'The Housman Lecture: 'Bredon and Other Hills' with Peter Parker

    The Housman Lecture: Bredon and Other Hills.  For this, our second collaboration with the Housman Society, we welcome acclaimed author Peter Parker whose recent book Housman Country: Into the Heart of England shows how A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad has permeated English life and culture for over a century.

    Our local Bredon Hill is the focus for one of the best-loved of A.E. Housman’s verses from the famous 1896 collection, and its imagery of “the coloured counties” speaks of a deep feeling for English landscape.  In this wide-ranging talk, which takes in poetry, music and topography, Peter Parker explores the allure of the hills, not only for Housman but for other writers and composers.

    Peter Parker is the author of two books about the First World War, The Old Lie (1987) and The Last Veteran (2009), together with biographies of J.R Ackerley (1989) and Christopher Isherwood (2004). He edited  A Reader’s Guide to the Twentieth Century Novel (1995) and A Reader’s Guide to Twentieth Century Writers (1996) and has been both an associate and advisory editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He was brought up in Herefordshire but now lives in London.

    A.E. Housman was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, in 1859 and attended school there until going up to St John’s College, Oxford in 1877. Although best remembered for three volumes of poetry: A Shropshire Lad (1896),  Last Poems (1922) and More Poems (published after his death in 1936) he was arguably the most renowned  English Classical Scholar of the Twentieth Century, holding the Chair of Latin at University College London from 1892 to 1911 and then becoming Kennedy Professor of Latin at Cambridge where he lived as a Fellow of Trinity College until his death in 1936. Since its publication in 1896 A Shropshire Lad has never been out of print.

    The Housman Society was founded in 1973 to promote knowledge and appreciation of the lives and works of A.E. Housman, other members of his family and the causes of literature and poetry in general. Its annual programme includes an academic Journal, regular Newsletters, commemorative events in Bromsgrove and Ludlow, and collaborations with academic institutions. The Society is pleased to sponsor The Housman Lecture at the Evesham Festival of Words. 

    Venue: All Saints Church, Market Place, Evesham. WR11 4RW

    Tickets: £6 inc tea/coffee and home-made cake.  (No charge for Housman Society members but please reserve tickets)

  • Saturday 27th June, 7.30 pm

    'Once Upon A Song'

    We are thrilled to include in our 2020 programme a return visit by members of EODS, who will be performing some of their favourite songs and readings.  Always a wonderful evening, showcasing a huge amount of musical talent.  See the Church transformed with stunning lighting effects.  This really is an evening not to be missed!

    Venue: Bengeworth Church, Port Street, Evesham. WR11 3LF

    Tickets: £10, inc wine and nibbles.

  • Sunday 28th June, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

    Workshop: 'Travel Writing' with Solange Hando

    Solange Hando is an award-winning travel writer.  Her articles are published in magazines and travel websites and have been included in Readers’ Digest and National Geographic books.  Her latest books are the Berlitz Pocket Guide to Bhutan, and How to be a Travel Writer, Live Your Dreams, Sell your Features.  Solange leads workshops around the country and is also a competition judge and public speaker.  She is a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and Travel Writers UK.  (https://travelwriters.co.uk/personal-pages/solange-hando/

    If you’ve enjoyed a holiday or an exciting trip, at home or abroad, and you would love to write about it, share your story in print or on the web, this is the workshop for you.  Covering the nuts and bolts of travel writing, and how to publish your article, this workshop really will give you a start on the road to success.

    Venue: Hampton Community Hall, Pershore Road, Evesham. WR11 2PQ

    Tickets: £15 inc tea/coffee and home-made cake.

  • Sunday 28th June, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

    Workshop: 'Writing Poetry' with Anna Saunders

    Anna Saunders is a published poet and also the Director and Founder of Cheltenham Poetry Festival, which has become one of the UK’s most vibrant poetry festivals.  (www.cheltenhampoetryfest.co.uk)  She works as a creative writing tutor and mentor, a Communications Specialist, a journalist, broadcaster and a copywriter/editor.  

    Described as “a poet of quite remarkable gifts”, Anna is bound to inspire – a must for all budding, and established, poets.  And then why not head off to join the Poetry Picnic (see below).

    Venue: Council Chamber, Evesham Town Hall, Vine Street, Evesham.  WR11 4RS

    Tickets: £15 inc tea/coffee and home-made cake.

  • Sunday 28th June, 1.00 - 2.30 pm

    'Poetry Picnic' with Suz Winspear

    Once again popular Worcester-based poet, Suz Winspear, will lead the Poetry Picnic.  Suz was Worcestershire Poet Laureate in 2016.  She is a wonderful performance poet, really making her poetry come to life, and equally great at encouraging others to perform their work.

    The Poetry Picnic is being held in the delightful setting of the Friends Meeting House.  With its hidden gem of a secluded garden, this is the perfect setting for a meeting of poetic minds.  There will be some invited poets but also opportunities for poets to bring their own poetry, or poems they love, but written by other poets.  Bring a sandwich.  Tea/coffee will be provided.

    Venue: Friends Meeting House, Cowl Street, Evesham. WR11 4PN

    FREE EVENT.

  • Sunday 28th June, 3.00 - 4.00 pm

    'The Reduced Literature Degree' with Shirley Halse

    With rising tuition fees and the value of higher education being increasingly called into question, Shirley Halse  has condensed three years worth of the BA curriculum down into a far more efficient one hour show.    The show focuses on key areas of English Language and Literature through history in a fast-paced manner, starting with Old English, zipping through Chaucer, Dryden, Keats, Larkin and finally checking in at Literature in the 21st century.  “Engaging, informative and funny.  A fantastic show!”

    Shirley Halse is a writer and performer based in Gloucestershire.   Apart from performances at Festivals she regularly performs at the Alternative Book Club, a comedy night about books, in Cheltenham.  She is passionate about making Literature accessible and approachable.

    Venue:  Venue: Friends Meeting House, Cowl Street, Evesham. WR11 4PN

    Tickets: £6 inc tea/coffee and home-made cake.

  • Sunday 28th June, 7.00 pm

    'Miss Potter's Tailor's Tale'

    Beatrix Potter, now Mrs William Heelis and a dedicated hill farmer in the Lake District, takes a break from lambing on a snowy night to share with us her candid recollections of how she became the most successful children’s author and illustrator of all time – how she lost the man she loved – how, after nineteen books, she regrets that she will not have a new one finished for Christmas of 1916 – and how the War Office have even tried to requisition her horse! “And how can you run a farm without a horse, I should like to know?!”  But, revelling in the joy she finds in her hard-working life and with her habitual good humour and wit, she delights in telling us the true tale of her favourite tailor.  Performed by Gloucestershire based Brandywine Theatre Company.

    Venue: Friends Meeting House, Cowl Street, Evesham. WR11 4PN

    Tickets: £10 inc soft drinks and nibbles.

  • 1st - 31st July

    Textile Exhibition: 'The Story Behind ....'

    Three very talented textile artists (Chrissie Beamish, Julie Bowler and Sue Hutchings) who belong to different textile groups have got together to present a body of work entitled ‘The Story Behind …..’  Two local artists and one from further afield, whose work includes patchwork and quilting and machine embroidery, tell the stories that lead to the work on display.

    Venue:  Evesham Library, Oat Street. WR11 4PJ

    FREE EXHIBITION

  • Thursday 2nd July, 2.00 pm

    'Walking the River Isbourne' with Mike Lovatt

    Mike Lovatt, author of The River Isbourne: In the Service of Mankind’ will be talking at some point on the walk.  This walk forms part of Evesham Walking Festival and is presented as a joint event with Evesham Festival of Words.  Further details of this and other Walking Festival events can be found on their website (www.eveshamramblingclub.org.uk). 

    Venue: To be confirmed.

    Tickets:  There will be a charge of £2.50 per person collected on the day.

  • Thursday 2nd July, 7.00 pm

    'Beyond the Footpath: Mindful Adventures for Modern Pilgrims' with Clare Gogerty

    Clare Gogerty is a journalist and award-winning editor and writer with an interest in pilgrimage, paths and prehistory.  She edited Coast Magazine, was interim editor of the National Trust Magazine, deputy editor of The Sunday Times Insideout Magazine, and editor of Grand Designs Magazine.  She has written the National Trust’s Book of the Coast (now in its second edition), as well as a number of other National Trust publications.  In April 2019 her latest title, Beyond the Footpath: Mindful Walking for Modern Pilgrims, was published.  In her spare time Clare loves pottering in the garden and writing a novel about the search for a missing hairdresser in post-punk Manchester in the 1980s.

    This event is presented jointly with Evesham Walking Festival (www.eveshamramblingclub.org.uk).

    Venue: Evesham Rowing Club, Abbey Road.  WR11 4ST

    Tickets: £8.

  • Thursday 30th July, 7.00 pm

    'The Forgotten Films of WW2' with David Parker

    TV producer, David Parker, has been making documentary television programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 for the last 25 years.   In this illustrated talk, David covers The Forgotten Films of WW2, shot by amateur home movie enthusiasts in both Britain and Germany.  In David’s words “There is some truly remarkable material.”  David has spoken to audiences in Evesham previously about his films of Laurie Lee and Johnny Kingdom.   Always a popular speaker, this should be a very poignant event.

    Venue: Evesham Rowing Club, Abbey Road. WR11 4ST.

    Tickets: £8.

  • Saturday 17th October, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

    'From Inspiration to Publication'

    This full day, organised by local author Sue Johnson, gives you the chance to explore the creative process from start to finish, as well as providing great networking opportunities.  More information to follow.

    Venue: Friends Meeting House, Cowl Street, Evesham. WR11 4PN

    Tickets: More information to follow.

  • 1st November

    Launch of 2021 Short Story Competition

    1st November sees the launch of the 2021 Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition.  More information to follow.

  • Friday 6th November, 7.00 pm

    'Mrs Churchill: My Life with Winston'

    Winston Churchill is arguably one of the most famous Englishmen that has ever lived.  His inspirational leadership helped win the Second World War, and his parliamentary career of 62 years ensured he was responsible for momentous decisions.

    They say that behind every great man, there is a great woman.  Was this true in Churchill’s case?  What of Clementine, his wife for 56 years?  Did he bully her like he did so many other people?  Was he as grumpy and irascible at home as he often was in the House of Commons?  Given his strength and conviction, did Clem have any influence on him at all?  Or was she ‘the little lady at home’?

    All these questions will be answered, and many more, in Liz Grand’s superb, moving, sensitive and informative portrayal of Clementine Churchill.  (Liz’s previous shows are ‘The Second Best Bed’ and ‘Where is Mrs Christie?’).

    Winston said, “my most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”

    Venue: Bengeworth Church, Port Street. WR11 3LF

    Tickets: £10 inc soft drinks and nibbles.

  • Saturday 14th November, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

    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 2021 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 2020 Competiition (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.  She is a member of the Festival Steering Group and leads our Book Club.

    Venue: Evesham Library, Oat Street.  WR11 4PJ

    Tickets: £15 inc tea/coffee and home-made 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.

  • Friday 11th December, 7.00 pm

    One-man Play: 'Myself and Other Parts' by Caroline Summerfield

    A perfect event in the run up to Christmas!  Lawrence Granger, a struggling actor contemplates failure and even worse at Christmas when he finds himself out of work.  Short of money, he accepts a job as Father Christmas in a large department store, only to be confronted by those even less fortunate than himself.  Determined to change his luck and theirs, he faces the greatest acting challenge of his career – being the real Father Christmas.

    The play is written and directed by Caroline Summerfield.  She has had many plays produced for theatres in London, Birmingham, Cheltenham and beyond and has been both long and shortlisted for major playwriting awards.

    Venue: Friends Meeting House, Cowl Street, Evesham. WR11 4PN

    Tickets: £10 inc soft drinks and nibbles