Town’s Festival of Words set to be a real treat for book lovers - The Evesham Observer

Town’s Festival of Words set to be a real treat for book lovers

Evesham Editorial 1st Jul, 2017   0

BOOKWORMS across the Vale are being invited to celebrate the written word at this year’s Evesham Festival of Words.

Readers, writers, poets and performers are being welcomed to the town centre for its annual festival and this year the programme is jam-packed with events ranging from the serious to the quirky.

With something available for everyone’s taste, the Festival has got the lot, including lots of freebies

One of the undoubted highlights will be a day of free events for children today including story telling and performance poetry from Richard O’Neill and Gavin Young.




Free fun at the Festival will take place at Evesham Library, in Oat Street from 10am to 3pm.

The children’s events are ideal for younger children, under seven’s should be accompanied by an adult and, whilst the events are free, booking is advisable as space is limited.


Back by local demand, Evesham’s John and Will Dallimore, experts in Asum, will regale a packed Red Lion Pub tomorrow from midday to 1pm with tales of yore.

Long before today’s colloquialisms of ‘blue sky thinking’, ‘gobsmacked’ and ‘innit’ found their way into everyday conversations, Evesham, or Asum, had it very own vernacular.

So, if you don’t know your pays from your byuns and you have days when you don’t know whether ‘yer comin or gooin’ or, indeed ‘werst y’bin’ the Dallimores will delight you with their translations.

It all takes place in Evesham’s oldest pub, the Red Lion in the Market Place and is followed by an Open Mic session, again free of charge, and compered by former Worcestershire Poet Laureate Fergus McGonigal.

Other free events include a poetry walk through the town, true tales written by local folk and an exhibition of photography, each image telling its own story.

Festival Chairman Sue Ablett said: “We’ve done our best to keep all of the tickets at affordable prices and we’re delighted to have sponsorship and some of our contributors and venues waiving their fees so that we can present an action-packed offering of free events.

“The Festival includes some headline names, such as Bake Off judge, Prue Leith, but we are aware that Evesham is an ancient town and boasts many myths, legends, traditions and just pure oddities, which will entertain, inform and amuse audiences of all ages.

“Events so far have gone well, a few are fully booked, so I urge readers to book in advance.”

Visit www.eveshamfestivalofwords.org or call Sue on 0787 1285606 for more information.

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