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.”
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.
John Osborne reading one of his heartwarming Radio 4 stories (photo: Bob Coe)
Philip Hoare captivates his audience (photo: Bob Coe)
Paul WIlletts (left) talking 60s London with Keiron Pim (Photo: Bob Coe)o:
‘A History of Norfolk in 100 Objects’ (Photo: Edward Parnell)
From left: Novelists James Ferron Anderson, Benjamin Johncock, Megan Bradbury and Edward Parnell (Photo: Bob Coe)
“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.
We’re delighted that Wymondham Words will be returning again in the autumn – this year a couple of weeks later, with the Festival kicking off on Thursday 13 October with an event featuring Philip Hoare, the Samuel Johnson prize-winning author of Leviathan or, The Whale.
We have lots of other great writers lined up too and will post more details as soon as venues and ticket arrangements are more firmed up!