Opening night TICKET UPDATE 19/10

kingcon_graphics4Tickets are selling well for all events, but we can confirm that there will be tickets available on the door from 7pm at Wymondham Library tonight for the Festival’s opening event ‘Spies and Lies’ featuring Cathi Unsworth and Paul Willetts. They will cost £7.50 on the door.

The Poetry Supper at the Dragon on Monday 29 Oct has now SOLD OUT.

However, advanced, reduced-price tickets (starting at £6.00) are still available for the remainder of the events.

In particular, though, for the Literary Lunch with Mark Cocker at Number 24 Restaurant on Thursday 1 November, availability is starting to become limited, so if you are thinking of attending that event it would be advisable not to leave it too long. No tickets will be available for the lunch on the day – they cost £30.00 and include a two-course meal and coffee.

Please do come along tonight to hear Cathi Unsworth and Paul Willetts as we welcome you to Wymondham Words 2018!

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Wymondham Words 2018 programme announced

WymondhamWords2018_programme-cover copyWe’re delighted to be back this year with the eighth Wymondham Words. The Festival runs from 19 October to 2 November 2018 and promises to be a wonderful mix of writers working in a varieties of formats and genres.

Click here for the PDF (7.5 MB) of the full programme, which will be available in various locations around Wymondham and Norfolk from 1 September. From that date tickets will also go on sale from our main box office, Kett’s Books in Wymondham, and The Book Hive in Norwich (see the programme for full details).

We open with crime author Cathi Unsworth’s new novel That Old Black Magic, which deals with German wartime spies and a mysterious body in a tree. She’ll be interviewed by acclaimed non-fiction writer Paul Willetts, who is well-versed in shady characters, as his forthcoming book King Con, about a Jazz Age American swindler, testifies. 

We’re delighted to welcome Rebecca Stott, who will discuss her Costa Prize-winning memoir of growing up in a fundamentalist Christian sect, In the Days of Rain. Louis de Bernières is also coming to Wymondham Words for the first time. He’ll be talking about his new novel set in 1920s Ceylon, So Much Life Left Over. 

Mark Cocker, one of our finest writers on nature, whose recent book Our Place tackles the pressing environmental questions affecting the countryside, will be our guest at a literary lunch in the elegant Number 24 Restaurant. 

The popular Poetry Supper returns to the Green Dragon pub, where the distinguished poet George Szirtes and fast-rising star Ramona Herdman will be joined by performers from the audience in an open-mic session. 

Award-winning Martin Figura arrives with his new one-man show, Doctor Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine, which deals with love, loss and when to let go. Or why not come along to sportswriter Grahame Lloyd’s Howzat?, a cricketing whodunnit about a controversial £26,400 ball… 

We also have a free workshop for children in the Library under the excellent tutelage of Isabelle King, author of Once Upon a Time in Norfolk. 

We hope you can join us at Wymondham Words 2018, as we once again celebrate literature and words in South Norfolk. Advance tickets start at a very reasonable £6.00.

Click here for the PDF of the full Wymondham Words 2018 Programme (7.5 MB).

Wymondham Words 2018: festival timing announced

A quick note to excitedly announce the timing of the 2018 Wymondham Words festival, which will be taking place from the middle of October through to the first week of November.

Exact dates and the full programme, along with ticket details, will be available, if not during July, then certainly by the end of August! Please bear with us, but rest assured that we’ve got some great authors and events lined up this year!

(In less exciting news, we’ve also updated the Privacy policy section of our website. See the link along the top menu bar.)

 

Wymondham Words to return in 2018

The Wymondham Words Literature Festival will be taking a break in autumn 2017, but will be returning in 2018.

Festival’s Director Edward Parnell said: “Wymondham Words is going to have a break this year in order that we can keep the format refreshed, and return even more strongly in autumn 2018. The Festival is run entirely by a small team of unpaid volunteers and receives no regular funding. As well as giving us all a much-needed break, and time for some of us to work on our own writing projects, having a year off should also enable us to put in place new funding opportunities for 2018 that will allow us to continue to attract important, quality writing to South Norfolk.

“In the last few years our small festival has been graced by writers including Philip Hoare, Rose Tremain, Wendy Cope, Sarah Perry, Mark Cocker, Richard Mabey and Ronald Blythe. We’re proud of this great roster, and have exciting plans going forward. Indeed, the first of next year’s acts has already been pencilled in!

“In the meantime lovers of literature will be well served by our local community bookshop, Kett’s Books, which has an stimulating ongoing programme of author visits. Wymondham Words will also be supporting some children’s literature events in the town during the summer.”

Wymondham Words 2016 reaches record audiences

This year’s Wymondham Words festival took place between mid-October and early November.

“Judging from the record size of our audiences and the wonderful response the various events generated it’s probably fair to say that Wymondham Words 2016 was our most successful Festival to date,” commented Festival Director Edward Parnell. “It’s difficult to single out individual events for special mention as all of them were thought-provoking, engaging, and very well-received by their audiences. We were blessed, however, with some wonderful visiting writers including Philip Hoare, who travelled up from Southampton and drew a record Festival crowd for his talk on whales and the sea. And two of our speakers have subsequently won at this year’s East Anglian Book Awards – Keiron Pim and Heidi Williamson – which we’re also delighted about.

“Working in partnership alongside various local groups is really helping the Festival start to reach new audiences. We’d like to thank the Green Dragon Inn, who generously hosted our closing Poetry Supper event, Wymondham Abbey where our children’s events took place, the Bridewell Museum, Wymondham Nature Group and Kett’s Books. And of course all of our generous donors – without whose support the Festival wouldn’t take place,” he added.

‘Norfolk in 100 Objects’ sold out, a few tickets still available for Weds

‘A History of Norfolk in 100 Objects’ at the Bridewell Museum on Tuesday evening has now sold out, so unfortunately there won’t be any tickets available on the door.

There are still a few tickets left though for Wednesday evening’s ‘Adventures in the Rock n Roll Underworld’ – a cultural trawl through the shady world of 1960s London in the company of Keiron Pim and Paul Willetts. Tickets are £7.50 in advance from Kett’s Books and The Book Hive; there should also be a few available on the door.

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Ticket update: Philip Hoare, 100 Objects and John Osborne

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A quick ticket update: tickets are still available for Philip Hoare (‘The Sea Inside Us All’), which kick off this year’s festival at 7.30pm this evening, from both Kett’s Books in Wymondham and The Book Hive in Norwich. Alternatively, there will be tickets available on the door tonight (Wymondham Baptist Church, door open at 7pm, tickets cost £7.50 adults, £4.00 under-21s). After the event Philip will be signing copies of ‘Leviathan’ and ‘The Sea Inside’, which will be on sale at the event. Tickets for the rest of the festival will also be on sale at Philip’s event.

Tickets for ‘A History of Norfolk in 100 Objects’ are now very limited and only available from Kett’s Books in Wymondham.  Call 01953 603663 to reserve one if you can’t make it into the shop. There are unlikely to be any tickets left on the night.

Tickets are selling well for all other events, so we’d advise purcasing in advance if possible. In particular there are now no tickets left at the Book Hive in Norwich for John Osborne’s ‘Three Shows from Radio 4’, though plenty of tickets for that event left at Kett’s Books (01603 603663). We’ll keep you updated on availability for John’s event.

Hope to see lots of you tonight for Philip Hoare!

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