Wordfest is going to be busy in 2018 – coming up first is the annual Celebrating Shakespeare event, which this year is an action-packed day on Saturday 21 April. A free drop in session of poetry, play extracts, song and music starts the day at St. Mary de Haura church, followed by a talk by historian Chris Hare and a singing session. The finale is a Shakespearean Celidh and feast at the Shoreham Centre. Go to our What's On Page.

We have a poetry marathon or Poemathon on Saturday 28 April in the Ropetackle arts centre foyer. Children and young people will be reading their poems from 11.30am and then non-stop open mic for poets of any age from 1-4pm. We are aiming for 100 poems and will be raising money for Rohingya refugees. Go to our What's On Page.

For the first time we are bringing a full Shakespeare play to Coronation Green next to the River Adur in Shoreham town centre: Brighton Shakespeare Company will be performing Comedy of Errors, Will's riotous farce about mistaken identity on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June. Go to our What's On Page.

Meanwhile, there are lots of goodies being planned for the annual Wordfest in October this year with the theme of All Change, Including Jenni Murray, Ian MacMillan, Kate Adie and Brighton Shakespeare Company, this time with Romeo and Juliet. The full programme will be launched in July.

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Culture Calling

Shoreham Wordfest has recently featured on London based Culture Calling website. Click for our interview and glorious technicolour photos of Shoreham-by-Sea: https://goo.gl/bptaoK