Crawley WORDfest 2016 dates set!

Crawley WORDfest 2016 dates set!

  • Inner Vision Colin Grant © Simon Edwards WORDfest Patron Julia Crouch at WORDfest 2015 © Simon  Edwards Kate Harmer at 2015 WORDfest © Simon EdwardsLiterary festival celebrates sixth year

  • Terrific two-week event to feature author talks, family fun day and more
  • 2016 event concludes on World Book Night 

The organisers of Crawley’s annual literary festival have set the dates for the 2016 event: Tuesday 12th to 23rd April.  

The event will kick off with a comedy evening on Tuesday 12th April, followed by a range of exciting author talks, creative workshops, spoken word performances, recitals and more – mostly for free – before concluding on Saturday 23rd April 2016 on World Book Night, an international celebration of reading. 

Now in its sixth year, Crawley WORDfest is a voluntary festival organisation that aims to build closer community links among Crawley residents who share a love of reading, writing, music and art. Highlights for 2016 include: 

FOR CRIME FICTION FANS

• Killer Women – Agatha Christie’s legacy, in fact and fiction. This event (Tues 19 April) welcomes three top crime writers and a former Met- detective-turned-TV-script-consultant (for Prime Suspect, The Bill and more) to discuss the huge influence Agatha Christie has had on the genre as well as what makes good crime writing. 

FOR ASPIRING WRITERS

• WORDfest regular New Faces of Fiction (Fri 22 April) introduces two new writers as they prepare to unveil their first novels to the world; Rebecca Thornton and TBC. Discover how they successfully negotiated the turbulent world of publishing to make it. 

FOR FAMILIES

• Now in its second year, Get Stuck in Day (Sat 16 April) invites families to let their kids loose in the library for a fun-packed day of craft activities, workshops, games and children’s theatre – all for free.  

FOR LOVERS OF LITERATURE

Desert Island Books (Thur 14 Apr) WORDfest invites three successful authors to come and share the books that they simply could not live without in a castaway situation  

Julia Crouch, Brighton-based novelist and WORDfest Patron, said: 

“With adventurous programming, ranging from theatre to literary events to active opportunities to create and tell stories, WORDfest provides a creative focus for the Crawley community, reaching out to all ages and reinforcing the importance of stories in our 21st century lives.  

Grassroots literary festivals are more than just the books and the authors, they are about celebrating reading and the community. Stories are a large part of what makes us human, and events like WORDfest give us the perfect opportunity to get together and discuss them.” 

About WORDfest

WORDfest is a voluntary festival organisation that aims to build closer community links among Crawley residents who share a love of reading, writing, music and art. It aims to offer events to inspire adults and children alike with the power and beauty of language, regardless of their usual reading habits. 

For latest news on the 2016 programme, follow us on Twitter @crawleywordfest or and Facebook www.facebook.com/WORDfestcrawleysussex