New Secretary

We are delighted to announce that Charley Barnes has taken on the role of Secretary for LitFest. Charley brings her many and various talents to bear on programming, and the website, as well as the more traditional aspects of secretarial duties.

Polly Stretton, who has been our secretary for the past four years, will focus on the LitFest competition co-ordinator role in addition to being one of the directors of LitFest.

We wish both Charley and Polly good luck in these essential areas.

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LitFest Slam Champions

We’re pleased to announce the two new Slam Champions, Charley Barnes, Poetry Slam Champ, and Alan Durham, Flash Fiction Champ. Well done and congratulations to both and thank you to all who took part, we had an excellent end of fest party. Good news also for all of the Big Fat Raffle winners, a huge selection of prizes donated by businesses around Worcester – many thanks to them for their support of LitFest.

Charley Barnes with her Poetry Slam trophy and Alan Durham delivering his final Flash Fiction. Our two slam winners for 2016.

Rubber Sword Won By Kieran Davis!

This prestigious literary prize was forged by the dwarves of Poundsaver and presented to the funniest performer at Rubber Swordplay: Kieran Davis, better known as baldypoems

The event was hosted to much hilarity by local charlatan Tony Judge.

Congratulations Kieran.

Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2016/2017

Excellent news!

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Suz Winspear reads her winning poem for the Worcestershire Poet Laureate competition

Following a close fought battle, our congratulations go to Suz Winspear, the new Worcestershire Poet Laureate. Further, it was announced on Saturday that Suz is also the Poet In Residence for the Museum of Royal Worcester, and, as if that were not enough, Suz took the runner up slot in the LitFest Flash Fiction competition!

Suz Winspear with Caroline Engevi - Poet in Residence
Caroline Engevi with Suz Winspear, the newly appointed Poet In Residence at The Museum of Royal Worcester

Flash Fiction Winners

…and our fab LitFest Flash Fiction winners are:

Flash Fiction Results 2016

FIRST:    Susan Howe – A Sleeping Partner
SECOND: Suz Winspear – A Day In The New Paradise
THIRD:     Santino Prinzi – Corrections

Congratulations to all three of you and commiserations to all the other entrants, we had some amazing work sent in, a shame there can be only three prizes.

We’ll be announcing the launch date for the anthology soon.

Finalists Announced

The three finalists for the LitFest Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2016 competition are, in no particular order:

Charley Barnes
Peter Sutton
Suz Winspear

Be there to hear them perform their poems and for one of them to become Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2016, Friday 10th June, 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start at The Racecourse, Worcester. See the programme and get tickets here.

You can see the three poems below. Can you match the poem to the poet?

Poll now closed.

Creative Writing Workshop

LitFest Appearances workshop posterA chance to enjoy an informal creative writing workshop with Claire Walker, based on the theme of ‘Appearances.’ Appropriate for all levels of experience.

Tickets £7.50 each

10:30-12:30 Sunday 3 April 2016 at St John’s Library, Glebe Close, St John’s, Worcester WR2 5AX

Refreshments will be provided.

To book a place click on the PayPal button, make your payment, print and bring the receipt along with you, this is your ticket.

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Queries? Contact: secretary@worcslitfest.co.uk