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. TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!!
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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. Pictured below the authors at April’s ‘Meet the Authors’ session: Ali Bacon; Janet Gover and Alison May, who write together as Juliet Hill; and Debbie Young.
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!
Tuesday 28th August, 7.30 pm
'Fifty Not Out: The Six Sixes Revisited'
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Garry Sobers hitting an historic 36 runs off one over at Swansea in August 1968, Grahame Lloyd recalls both the famous feat and the mysterious fate of the ball bowled by Malcolm Nash. An iconic moment, a disturbing tale of fake news and a whodunit? – with a ball instead of a body! This event will appeal to cricket lovers and anyone who likes a good old mystery story.
Grahame Lloyd has been a freelance broadcaster and journalist for nearly 37 years. He has written eight books and produced two one-man shows about football and cricket. He also writes short stories and is a published poet.
Venue: Evesham Rowing Club
This event kindly sponsored by Evesham Cricket Club.
Friday 21st September, 7.00 pm
'One Man in a Boat'
Once again we return to Raphael’s Restaurant for a fabulous Festival event. Geoff Hales follows his acclaimed Festival debut (readings at the 2017 Almonry Christmas event) with a Travelling Theatre performance. ‘One Man in a Boat‘ is about Jerome K. Jerome, the author of ‘Three Men in a Boat‘. The play begins in France in 1915, where Jerome was serving as an ambulance driver in the French army. He looks back on his life, recalling a particularly Victorian childhood, his brief acting career and the writing of his comic masterpiece, from which he reads some of the most famous episodes. Supper included (pre-booking essential).
Tickets: £15, inc supper (pre-booking essential)
Venue: Raphael’s Restaurant
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.
'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).