A DEDICATED bookshop devoted to the festival opened its doors at the Almonry on Friday evening (June 17).
The historic building opened its doors to authors and poets from across the county and beyond.
Festival Chairman Sue Ablett welcomed Evesham’s Mayor and Mayoress, CounFred Kaler and Coun Sue Amor, who enjoyed meeting the authors and poets, all of whom are playing a big part in putting Evesham on the literary map.
Sue Ablett said: “We’re enormously grateful to everyone who has given their support to the Festival.
“Evesham’s Almonry is a great asset to the town and as well as laying on a superb opening event for the Festival’s official bookshop, have provided box office booking facilities for Festival visitors. “My experience when raising funds for Evesham’s Bell Tower and organising the town’s Cyclefest told me right from the start that these headline events are complex and need local support if they are to work.
“And support comes in many forms: authors, venues and organisers are fairly obvious, but having the support of local people has been phenomenal.
“Evesham Town Council, Wychavon District Council, VECTA, Rooftop Housing and John Martin’s Trust have played a massive part in turning a good idea into a great event.
“There are many more organisations and individuals that have given their support and all of them are listed on our website www.eveshamfestivalofwords.org and I take this opportunity to thank each one of them,” she added.