Reflections and Refractions in history
1st September - 20th October

Welcome to Wordfest 2018, Shoreham-by-Sea's celebration of words and ideas.

Our festival theme this year is 'All Change', in which we will explore the seismic changes to society and the arts flowing from the end of World War One, and the signing of the Armistice. Also, the artistic, cultural and societal changes for women, then and now, as reflected in Dame Jenni Murray's latest book, 'A History of the World in 21 Women', and 'Fighting on the Home Front', from recently honoured Kate Aide (CBE).

Peter Owen-Jones returns for a musing on environmental change and our response. Yorkshire Poet Ian McMillan shares his humorous and witty take on life and all that it throws at us. We have drama about the lost days when Agatha Christie went missing and Brighton Shakespeare Company perform the timeless classic of love and loss, Romeo and Juliet.

There is family fun with children's theatre shows, picture books and creative writing. Part of the Wordfest mission is to stimulate and celebrate local creativity and we start with a series of creative writing workshops in September followed by an open mic performance for people to showcase their writing.

Skyway Gallery has an exhibition throughout Wordfest showcasing Shoreham-born painter Patrick Burke, with various linked art and words projects. Antony Penrose is bringing 'Portrait of a Space', a dramatic interpretation of the life of his father, surrealist artist, Roland Penrose.

There are talks and events, books, films and lots of music and poetry, including the launch of Attila the Stockbroker's new album and two firebrand performance poets, Greg Byron and Steven James-Smith.

Our final event A Great Calm, at St. Mary de Haura, will be a moving commemorative concert of music, song and poetry marking the end of the four WW1 centenary years.

As we go through our action packed programme of 35 events, please keep at least one of your tickets to gain free access to the Wordfest celebratory party on Sunday 14 October with retro rock band Old Play. Free snacks donated by Higgedy Pies.

We are very grateful for the support we receive from Adur District Council, our business sponsors and our partner organisations, particularly the team at Ropetackle Arts Centre who have given Wordfest a home for many of our activities. None of this programme would be possible without the hours of time given generously by all our volunteers and contributors. Finally, thanks to you, our audience, for making it all worthwhile.