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Here is a summary of new events from our friends in Evesham. Their Year long festival and details from their main event in June
Friday 24th May, 7pm, ‘Outside the Box’ (A live show about death), Friends Meeting House.  This is one of those must see events – a unique one woman show about death, written, directed and performed by Liz Rothschild.  Totally unique and original, Outside the Box asks its audience to embrace mortality and look on the bright side of life.  This one hour performance will be followed by an interval and then an optional half hour discussion session about some of the issues raised.  This is always a very powerful part of the evening.  Tickets £10 to include soft drinks and nibbles.  This event is in support of St Richard’s Hospice.
From 1st June for a whole month.  ‘It’s all there in black and white’, Regal Cinema, Circle Bar.  An exhibition of black and white photographs showcasing a world of black and white cinematography by members of Birlingham Photography Club.  Come along, treat yourself to a pre-film drink, enjoy the exhibition and cast a vote for your favourite photo.
Wednesday 5th June, 7.30 pm, ‘An Evening with Simon Brett’, Ecgwin’s Club, Evesham.  Simon Brett has written over 100 books.  His writing also includes comedy in radio and television series.  Simon is a wonderfully entertaining speaker, so come along and hear more about his career in radio, television, and the world of books.  We will have copies of his latest book very hot off the press, and Simon will be delighted to sign books purchased on the nnight.
In the run up to the main Festival weekend, we have our very popular Bookworms Quiz Night, on Wednesday 26th June.  We have 10 teams entered already but can squeeze in a couple more.  Pre-booking essential.  The Quiz Night is followed by a new event – Crime Panel on Thursday 27th June, with Debbie Young compering a panel of three very different crime writers.
We have a change of venue for two of our events: the Calligraphy Workshop on Sunday 30th June, and 84 Charing Cross Road on Saturday 5th October.  Both will now be held in Hampton Community Hall, next to the Church on Pershore Road.  The Calligraphy Workshop is fully booked with 10 participants but the new venue does mean we can take a couple more people.  Contact me if you wish to do that workshop.
Meanwhile, apart from organising events, the Festival Team have been busy supporting two villages which have turned their old red phone boxes into a Book Exchange – Sedgeberrow and Church Lench.  This is a great initiative and we are delighted to be involved.  We are also supporting a Spelling Bee to be held at De Montfort School in late June.
Tickets for all events can be booked via me – email:, or tel: 0787 1285606; via our Festival website ( with payment by Paypal, or through the Almonry Museum & Tourist Information Centre (tel: 01386 446944).  We have already had some sell-out events.  We will include information on the website to indicate numbers of tickets remaining where these are low.  The secret is book early to avoid disappointment!  And if you’ve already got your tickets, please spread the word.
Sue Ablett, Chair Evesham Festival of Words

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