Completed events 2019

Here are some events you may have missed in 2019.

 – 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.


  • Friday 18th January

    'Ringing the Changes: Bellringing in English history and literature

    In this joint event with Holland House, keen bellringers Tim and Mary Anne Keyes gave a very informative and entertaining talk on bellringing in english history and literature, with some wonderful readings by Mary Anne.  A sell out event and a great start to our 2019 Festival.
    “A great talk, a great lunch, and very good company.  A thoroughly enjoyable event.”  (Elizabeth Spencer)
  • Saturday 16th February

    'Love Letters'

    This delightful play, performed by professional local performers, Pauline Beale and John Horton, is the story of two people who meet at primary school and maintain a correspondence throughout their lives, charting a complex and intriguing relationship speckled with sadness and humour, and all recorded in the letters which pass between them.  

    “A wonderful play, beautifully performed, and with some lines that are so appropriate for a Festival of Words.” (Sue Ablett)

  • Monday 25th February

    Workshop: 'Motivation and Moving Forward, with Ellie Stevenson

    How to make your book happen – the ideal workshop for anyone with a work in progress but who needs help with motivation or practical issues. 

    “Great fun.  Great chocolate cake!  Be great to follow up with another of Ellie’s workshops on marketing and self-publishing.”

  • Friday 15th March

    Francis Brett Young - Worcestershire Poet and Novelist

    Following a two-course lunch at the beautiful venue of Holland House, Dr Michael Hall, Chairman of the Francis Brett Young Society, gave a fascinating and most enjoyable talk about this famous Worcestershire poet and novelist.  Born in Halesowen, Francis Brett Young acquired the dilapidated Craycombe House (1.5 miles north of Cropthorne’s Holland House) in 1932, which he was able to buy and renovate due to his continuing success as a writer.  Following his death in 1954, his ashes were interred in Worcester Cathedral.

    “A fabulous lunch, great company, and a very interesting talk.  Another great Festival of Words event.”

  • Monday 18th March

    Workshop: 'Writing HIstorical Fiction', with Sue Johnson and Elizabeth Beacon

    This workshop was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the huge amount of shared knowledge and experience of local writers, Sue Johnson and Elizabeth Beacon.

    Sue Johnson is a poet, short story writer and novelist.  She is a creative writing tutor, and author of books to help writers with their writing.  Elizabeth has a passion for history and storytelling.  After a variety of jobs she finally landed her dream job, writing Regency romances for Harlequin, Mills and Boon.

    “Another really good Evesham Festival Workshop.” (Helen Yendall)

  • Monday 15th April

    Workshop: 'Writing Crime Fiction', with Alice Castle

    Before turning to a life of crime writing, Alice Castle, author of the very successful London Murder Mystery series, with amateur sleuth, Beth Haldane, enjoyed a career as a UK newspaper journalist.  In this workshop Alice discussed the different types of genres, a guide to plotting, developing a protagonist, the advantages of series versus standalone stories, creating suspense, a flash writing exercise and an exciting denouement.

    IThanks so much for organising this workshop.  Alice was pretty inspiring and I think we all learned a lot.  I was fizzing like a sherbet fountain by the time I left.  And I bought the first book in her series.  Cake went down a treat too.” (Gill Sharp)

    “The workshop was great.  Loved the carrot cake too.” (Sue Johnson)

  • The Drum Horse in the Fountain

    If you don’t know your First Life Guards from your Second Life Guards, your Welsh Guards from your Grenadier Guards you need go no further than The Drum Horse in the Fountain.  Co-written by retired Second Lifeguard, Christopher Joll, with Sir Anthony Weldon, this book positively bursts with stories from the 18th Century right up to the Second World War.  
    Joll, the Regimental Historian to the Household Cavalry, has created a masterpiece, his research unearthing a mix of lesser-known names, not to mention Jacob the goose, that feature in the history of the Regiments that are now the Household Cavalry.  Stories of bravery, courage, tenacity and pure stoicism interweave with those of infidelity, cheating and even murder, the famous bearskin being no prevention or protection for some from acts of skulduggery.
    Christopher Joll’s presentation at Ecgwins Club, Evesham, on Wednesday, May 17th, was a revelation, a perfect ingredient to the mix of events throughout the year which are collectively, ‘Evesham Festival of Words 2019’.  For more information about Christopher Joll’s work visit 
  • Thursday 9th May

    Behind the Scenes - A Humorous View of the Auction World

    Ellenden Farm Shop once again hosted a delicious 2-course supper, followed by after dinner speaker, in what was another fabulous evening.  Who doesn’t love an auction, or wonder about the value of what’s hidden in their attic?  Warwickshire based Auctioneer, Steven Bruce, took us behind the scenes in a humorous view of the auction world and the many associated television programmes.   With plenty of items to look at, everyone present is going to be checking the family silver, seeing if they have any old coins that might be of value, or anything else that might be better off in an auction than sitting unwanted in a cupboard.  Once again the Ellenden event was our fastest selling event for 2019.