The Programme

The main 2018 Festival weekend ran from Friday 29th June – Sunday 1st July, but with a year long programme of ‘fringe’ events. Scroll down for a glimpse of all the great events to come this year.  Details of all 2018 events and how to obtain tickets are now on the website; or you can download the 2018 Brochure.  2019 events are gradually being added to the website.  Keep your eyes open for some great events!

 – This colour indicates a child & family event! 


 –  This colour indicates a fringe event! 


  – This colour indicates a regular event!

  • 2018

    Free events in 2018!

    We have a range of free events taking place each month, and everyone is welcome.  These include ‘Writers Meets’ on the first Wednesday of each month at 10.30 am at JellyPickleJam Cafe; ‘Evesham Festival of Words Flash Fiction Group’ on the second Monday of each month at 2.00 pm at Brew Bear Cafe, and ‘Meet the Authors’ at 11.00 am on the second Friday of each month upstairs in Evesham Library.  

    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.  Let us know where you found it, and ideally send us a photo.  To start you off, the Book Fairy has already made a number of drops – Raphael’s Restaurant, Moo Moos Cafe, Delicious Cafe, Brew Bear, Hampton Farm Shop, Ellenden Farm Shop/Cafe,  JellyPickleJam!  Latest venue – Morrisons Community Book Shelf!

  • Saturday 27th October, 2.30 - 4.00 pm

    'From the Inside: Short Fiction Competitions - Tips and Tactics'

    Vanessa Gebbie‘s short fictions have won or been placed in the top three in many short story competitions, large and small, including the Bridport Prize, the Fish Prize (twice), Per Contra (USA) and Willesden Herald.  She now acts as final judge for many competitions herself.  In this packed event, she will share her inside knowledge, and help you answer questions, such as: How do I know which competitions are best?  How do I sharpen my story?  Why should I pay to enter competitions?  Do the rules really matter?  And many, many more.  Bring your own questions too – there will be discussion and Q&A to maximise your chances of rising to the top!

    Tickets: £10, inc tea and biscuits

    Venue: Almonry Museum

  • Thursday 8th November, 11am - 1pm

    'Sensory Workout for Writers' with Sue Johnson

    In this small group workshop (maximum of 10 participants), Sue Johnson gives tips on how to use the senses to nurture the writer within, maintain creative energy and be more productive.  In addition, by means of a series of short writing exercises she will give ideas for creating unforgettable characters and settings.

    Venue: Almonry Museum & Heritage Centre, Evesham

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

  • 1st December

    'Christmas Wordy Quiz Sheet'

    Our 2018 Christmas Wordy Quiz Sheet will be available from 1st December, with a closing date of Saturday 5th January 2019.  Just 20 questions to tax your brains over the festive period.  £10 book token to the winner.  (Copies of the Quiz will be emailed out to all on Festival distribution list, otherwise available to download from the Festival website, or pick up at the Almonry).

  • Friday 18th January 2019, 12.30 for 1.00pm

    'Ringing the Changes: Bellringing in English history & literature' with Tim Keyes

    A combined Evesham Festival of Words/Holland House event.  This promises to be a fascinating talk, including reference to Dorothy L Sayers ‘The Nine Tailors’.  Speaker Tim Keyes has been an avid reader throughout his life and has also had a lifelong interest in bellringing.  After 16 years as Headmaster of The King’s School, Worcester, he and his wife retired to Ledbury, where he is Chair of an Appeal to raise funds to overhaul the bells in Ledbury Church.

    Venue: Holland House, Cropthorne. WR10 3NB (, tel: 01386 860330)

    Tickets: £16 to include 2 course lunch (bookable via Holland House only)