Eclectic festival will explore use of words

Actress Prunella Scales comes to the Ropetackle Arts Centre
Actress Prunella Scales comes to the Ropetackle Arts Centre

WORDS, language and the human connections they inspire will be explored in the fourth Shoreham WordFest.

The eclectic festival, featuring events for readers, writers and theatre lovers, starts tomorrow and runs until October 12.

Invisible Threads is this year’s theme, bringing together ‘a veritable tapestry of ideas’ at venues across Shoreham and Shoreham Beach.

East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton is supporting the festival and encouraging his constituents to attend.

“There are 43 terrific events planned,” he said.

“The WordFest is one of the best events in the Adur calendar and with so many events this year, there is something for everyone.”

He highlighted Some Desperate Glory at St Mary de Haura Church on Thursday, October 9, as a particularly special event. Max Egremont, from Petworth House, will be talking about his new book, which tells the story of the First World War through the lives and words of its poets.

Elizabeth Garber, from the WordFest team, said this year’s reading list was one of the best she had seen, including both fiction and non-fiction books.

It features new writers, such as Eva Weaver, and past favourites, like Meike Ziervogel, who is returning to Shoreham WordFest after a successful event last year to discuss her new book.

Writers young and old can explore their imaginations and harness their creativity at various workshops.

The Annual Slam, on October 12, returns and this year, it will be hosted by Tom Cutler and judged by author Simon Brett.

The drawing workshop also returns, following rave reviews last year, and there is a special Graphic Novel Weekend aboard Houseboat Fische on October 4 and 5.

Theatre performances include rehearsed readings of plays by local writers, chosen by a panel of judges.

Out of Silence brings award-winning author John Harvey to the stage on September 26, while actress Prunella Scales appears at the Ropetackle Arts Centre with Leo Aylen on October 10 to question whether men and women are from different planets.

Visit the website for the full programme and to buy tickets, or telephone 07522957691. Most tickets are also available at the Ropetackle Arts Centre.