About us

We are a group of enthusiastic local writers and readers, who have got together with a shared passion for words written, spoken and sung. We have been working together since May 2011, with some changes as people move on with their writing or other life changes.

We welcome ideas, suggestions and offers of assistance. Please get involved, either as members of our association, as participants, or just sign up for regular information by contacting us.

Shoreham Wordfest is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered charity number 1163258. The CIO Trustees are: Rosalind Turner, David Johnson, Tom Cutler, Siobhan O'Dowd and Janet Pressley.

Our Vision

A celebration of the spoken and written word, with readings and discussion, poetry, song, books, plays and other writings. We want a mixture of new and established writers, to inspire and intrigue, to entertain and stimulate. As well as bringing authors into the area, we will also focus on the considerable local talent we have in Shoreham and the surrounding area, to encourage new writing and to develop new readers and audiences. We want the festival to be very engaging and participative, aiming to have writing, reading and active workshops for all ages, links with schools and community groups, and also some high profile events attracting a wide range of people.

Shoreham WordFest Organising Group:

  • Rosalind Turner, Programme Director and Trustee
  • David Johnson, Festival development and Trustee
  • Felicity Knight, Distribution
  • Dave Sutton, Brochure design and publicity
  • Janet Pressley, Workshops, creative programming
  • Tom Cutler, Author, workshops and Trustee
  • Siobhan O'Dowd, Treasurer and Trustee
  • Marian Gerrett, Finance administration
  • Barbara Meredith, Poetry
  • Libby Longhurst, Celebrating Shakespeare
  • Sue Walker, Writing workshops and author development; novelist
  • Marilyn Stafford, Poetry and photography
  • Morag Charlwood, Author contacts
  • Janet Behan, Playwriting
  • Sally Sinclair, Website design
  • also....Polly Coles, Irene Hall, Marian Gerrett, Peter Bohanon, Carol Bohanon, Douglas Hill and Marilyn Stafford, Pamela Driscoll, Rosie Garwood, Cleo Matthews, Keith Massey, Richard Robinson

Partnerships:Adur District Council, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Skyway Gallery, Adur Art Collective, West Street Loft, Shoreham Centre, Shoreham Gallery, Wick Theatre, City Books Hove

Business Sponsors:Lancing College, English Language Homestays, Western Road Garage, Alchemy Antiques, Brunwick Barbers, Acupuncture Clinic, Higgidy Foods, Suters Yard, Old Star, Ferry Rigg Inn, Edminson Butler, Richard Robinson Architects, 4Sight, Steyning Bookshop, Green & Healthy