LitFest 2016 Programme

Litfest A5 Programme 2016Click here to see the online version of the programme and get your tickets. If you’d like to download a copy, here it is: Worcestershire Literary Festival 2016 Online Programme

Worcestershire Literary Festival 2013

We’re happy to announce that the dates of the Worcestershire Literary Festival in 2013 will be held from Friday 14th June to Sunday 23rd June.  The newly formed Committee for the 2013 festival have already met and are planning the next festival in earnest, and we hope to bring you an even bigger and better festival next year.

We’ll use this blog as a way of making announcements and posting news and updates as we book, arrange, plan and construct the festival next year.  In the meantime we welcome feedback and suggestions, so please do contact us via the ‘Leave a Reply’ slots below all the posts on this blog.

Thoughts On The Last Few Days

As one of Directors of the Festival my time is taken up with running around and making sure all the events taking place are going okay, that they have everything they need and that they are running smoothly.  I have a wonderful team of volunteers who have been able to look after a lot of things while I have been based in the festival information point giving out free books to passers by as part of our campaign to get people to “Embrace Literature”.  I find it quite amusing to see the reactions on people’s faces when we say the books are free.  “What, free?”, they ask.  Yes – free.  The only thing we ask is for a donation in one of our yellow buckets which goes towards the running costs of the festival.  People take a selection of books and thank us profusely when they leave.  Here are a few people choosing books in the info point:

So far I have very much enjoyed everything I’ve done.   I’m delighted that Maggie Doyle is the new Worcestershire Poet Laureate and I thoroughly enjoyed “Fancy A Double” last night at Malvern.  I’ll post a separate entry and photos later, but huge thanks in the meantime to Catherine Crosswell for organising such a first class event.  I didn’t want the evening to end!

I’ll see you all at more events this week, including “Worcester Sauce” on Tuesday, Michael Meacher MP on Wednesday and the festival special of “Parole Parlate” on Thursday.   Come down to the Crowngate and pick up a programme, come to our events… and embrace literature.

Our Launch Event – A (Second) Bard For Worcestershire (Paperback Writer)

The Worcestershire Literary Festival’s  launch event this year will take place at the Swan Theatre in Worcester tonight at 7.30pm, where the second Poet Laureate for Worcestershire will be crowned.

Come and hear 12 shortlisted finalists to our competition read their submitted entries on the theme of “Diamond” and their poem of their own choice.

With performances by Giovanni Spoz Esposito, Rowan Standish-Haynes, our new young poet laureate, Laura Dedicoat and more.

Compered by Giovanni Spoz Esposito.

Call Worcester Live on 01905 611427 for tickets.