Evesham Festival of Words - Latest News

Here is the latest news from our friends in Evesham

Festival Programme:

The updated programme for 2021 is available through the website https://eveshamfestivalofwords.org/. There are two exciting new zoom events coming up. Saturday 12th June, a half day event 'Focus on Wellbeing' with three tremendous contributors: Alice May, who some of you heard recently talking about her house that sat down; Rachel Kelly, a nationally renowned mental health campaigner, who was last with us in Evesham in 2017; and Cat Weatherill delivering a great workshop 'Pilates for the Pen'.  Charge is £10 to cover all three events. Book via the website. Do pass on details to anyone you know who may benefit from a really uplifting and inspiring morning.

Another new zoom event is Meandering the Orkneys with Paul Gillingham on 6th July. Paul is a great speaker and this is a fascinating talk.

Coming up in May, a great zoom poetry event 'Home and Away', with readings from Anna Saunders, Ben Ray and Zoe Brookes, followed by an Open Mic session. Free event but you need to email me to register - all open mic slots are now taken.

Note that our Photography Exhibition 'Music in Monochrome' originally due to be held in the Regal Cinema in June has been moved back to September.

Those of you who have joined us for zoom events will appreciate that up to now we have not made any charge, though there is inevitably a cost to the Festival. From August we will still be running some zoom events and will be making a charge of £5 per event - given the quality of the zoom events we've put on so far, I'm sure you'll all agree its excellent value for money.

And then later in May, Wednesday 26th, our first live Festival event of 2021, when we will meet up with TV producer, David Parker in the village of Slad for a guided walk/talk In the Footsteps of Laurie Lee. David is a firm festival favourite and this is an entirely outdoor event. Tickets £12 via Festival website.


1st May sees the launch of our very popular Six Word Story Competition. Rules are on the website, and the Competition runs to the end of May. See what gems you can come up with!

In the Spotlight:
In the Spotlight this month is Philip Douch, Stroud based short-story writer and performer. See the website - enjoy!

OH Crumbs live in the Forest of Dean Spring Festival April 8-10th 2021

'Oh Crumbs'  "a lively accessible spoken word event" continues to offer live space for poets, story tellers and performers. With a Thursday evening spot every 2 weeks from 8pm they have welcomed performances from many places: live stories from Iran, Donegal, Cardiff, rants from London, tales from Ruardean, Salford, poems from Bream, Gloucester,

Usually, a special guest on alternate weeks and open-mic every time. This week, they are running a Spring Festival with Scots-born story teller Rona Barbour this Thursday 8th from 8pm.

The Zoom detail for these regular Thursday sessions are: 603 854 102 and password 018454.


Saturday 10th April from 10am

A day of workshops and 'Oh Crumbs goes Cuckoo' Cabaret-

Workshop leaders include award winning poet Tess Biddington, Story teller Jane Springham, and London-based performance poet Janine Booth.

Hybrid shepherd/minstrel Darren Hoskins will introduce his 'Crankies' shadows , shapes and stories.

From 5pm, the cuckoo cabaret including guests, regulars and open-mic.

There are a limited number of tickets for the whole day only £10.

All welcome

For further information please email: ohcrumbs@coalway.f9.co.uk

Or visit: www.thecolefordhub.info



Free Zoom Writing Workshops in September

Isolation restrictions are easing in many places, but not in others. So, isolated or not, The Roses Theatre Feel Good Festival are running a 2 free creative writing workshops in September.

The first will be on Monday 14th: click here for more information.
The second will be on Thursday 17th: click here for more information.

'In Search of You', by Patsy Freeman

A local author from Nailsworth, Patsy Freeman, has recently published In Search of You - letters to a daughter, described as: 'Heart-felt, courageous and a compelling page turner, this memoir is a beacon for those in grief'.


Patsy's website also contains many resources to help those dealing with grief and bereavement.

Click here for more information.

Kathryn Alderman Reviews 'Hex' by Jennie Farley

Kathryn Alderman reviews Hex by Jennie Farley in Ink Sweat and Tears, the poetry and prose webzine, exploring poetry that takes the reader on a 'magic carpet ride'.
Click here for the full review.

Oh Crumbs!

Oh Crumbs, the regular spoken word/story telling/performance event based in the Forest of Dean, continues its online live version with an open mic session on Thursday 21st May from 3pm.

Open mic sessions with featured guest performances every two weeks via Zoom.

Click here for more information about Coleford Hub,
and here for more information about Yarn Whispering

Cheltenham Poetry Festival Summer School

Beginning May: free readings, writing triggers, open mics and workshops.

Tutors include Angela France, David Clarke, Roy Mcfarlane, and more!

Click here for more information.

Stroud Short Stories - 10 Stories Selected

The 10 stories to be performed at the re-arranged Stroud Short Stories event on Sunday 8 November have been named.
119 submissions were received from Gloucestershire writers on the prescient theme of DISRUPTION.

Co-judges Ali Bacon and John Holland have chosen stories by Robin Booth, Stephen Connolly, Hannah Glickstein, Claire Harrison, Emma Kernahan, Geoff Mead, Simon Piney, Mark Rutterford, Sharon Webster and Steve Wheeler.

The event will be held at the Cotswold Playhouse and will be part of the 5th Stroud Book Festival. Tickets will go on sale later in the year.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival Rescheduled to Autumn 2020

Cheltenham Poetry Festival is being rescheduled to Autumn 2020, in line with NHS and Government guidance on Coronavirus. The Festival Team will contact anyone who has already bought tickets for Festival events, to let them know options available. The Team will be working hard to ensure the rearranged Festival will continue to be a success.

Gloucestershire Poet, Alison Mace, to appear at London Spring Festival

Gloucestershire writer, Alison Mace, will be introducing her first poetry collection, Man at the Ice House, published December 2019 by The High Window Press, at the Spring Festival of The Second Light Network of Women Poets.

The Festival takes place at the Artworkers' Guild in London on 22nd and 23rd May; poets will introduce their work with short readings at the start of the open mic sessions that end each day.

Alison lives in the Forest of Dean and co-runs the NaCOT poetry-writing group, which meets near Cheptsow and is involved with PIPs (Poets in Progress) and Dean Writers' Circle. She has always written poetry, and last year was lucky enough to be offered publication of a first collection by The High Window Press.

Man at the Ice House has four sections: one, a sequence dealing with her early life and the loss of her mother; another, a novelistic sequence telling the story of her formidable American aunt and family; and two sections of general interest, including poetry of place and nature. Her book was launched in Chepstow in December and can be bought online from Amazon and from the publishers.