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Weeks have passed since our last event for Wordfest 2015, our annual Poetry and Short Story Slam. We have been busy collecting posters, banners and generally mopping up after three hectic weeks; 32 events, around 1500 attendances and many hours of fun and inspiration, and well as a lot of activity behind the scenes!

Many thanks to all of you who supported us by coming along, to our Wordfest volunteers and to the great authors and performers, many of whom give their time freely and generously. Thanks also to the box office volunteers and Mark Phillips at Ropetackle who organised the ticket sales.

What was your favourite event? We have collected some great comments on the postcards circulated at each activity, as well as some constructive suggestions for future events and organisation.

We will be reviewing how the festival went and considering what next for Wordfest. Siobhan and Annie have devised a simple survey and we would be very grateful if you could take the time to give us some general feedback on the festival. There are 10 simple questions and should only take a few minutes to complete. The link is:

Plans are already afoot for a whole weekend celebration of Shakespeare in April 2016, led by Libby Longhurst. We will keep you posted of this and other events.

Meanwhile, look out for the Poetry Competition's winning poem, a sestina by Liz Eastwood, which is displayed on Shoreham Station's platform one, along with the Ted Walker extract which inspired it. I hope you are all now looking up about sestinas!

The winning Slam poem, by Ricky Purnell and short story, by Rose Bray can be viewed on our 'Poetry' page.

There were a lot of books promoted and sold during Wordfest. I am taking a stack of them with me over the half-term holiday and hope you are also savouring some winter evening reading.

Best wishes, Rosalind and all the Wordfest team