The Competitions are now closed and judging is in process.
Thanks to everyone who entered. We received 271 stories and 171 poems!
We'll announce the short list here early in September - once we've contacted individuals.
We'll also announce a longer list of poems to be included in an anthology; for this 10th Year celebration of Shoreham Wordfest.
Keep the date of the 11th October, when we are still planning to have a small, socially distanced, Poetry, Story & Music Evening at Ropetackle; where Judges John McCulloch and Catherine Smith will read their own work, as well as present to and comment on the winners. We'll also have local performance poet Katrina Quinn and local musicians Ben & Alfie.
Because of social distancing requirements, numbers for the evening will be limited, and priority given to winners and their families. We'll announce here if extra tickets are available.
Where medieval and modern times meet! A highly apt ending to our festival of so many transformations, the Feast of Fools originated in 11th-century France and spread throughout Europe until as late as the 16th century when it was finally banned. During this much-loved festival, with its roots deep in antiquity, much of society was inverted; in particular the young were empowered, a child crowned Bishop and the noble ass revered! Join our merry party in the ultimate metamorphosis, and…Find out more »
In aid of the Mighty Magnus Medicine fund The Mighty Magnus Medicine Fund was created to raise funds for 8 year-old Magnus, who has a rare, aggressive and life-threatening cancer, to cover the cost of essential treatment in the USA that is not offered by the NHS. Tickets and Booking: Tickets £12 from Ditchling Post Office Ticket Price: Adult : £12 Box Office: 01273 845361Find out more »
Sussex Newspapers group arts editor and marathon runner Phil Hewitt is beating back the demons with a new book which celebrates the massive mental health benefits of running. He will be talking to West Sussex Writers about his experiences writing the book, Outrunning The Demons (Bloomsbury, 2019), on January 9th. Phil suffered serious injuries after a vicious assault when travelling in South Africa. He discovered the healing effect of running, and interviewed over 30 other people who have outrun their…Find out more »
An evening of Women’s empowerment with sparkling speakers and stimulating discussion. Refreshments, Information, Stalls Community Mural activity 5.30-6PM : Talks start at 6PM Come early and join artist Sonjiart at 5:30pm to make a Community Mural project on the theme of Intergenerational stories of Women and girls: ‘Bringing friendship, energy, and history together’ The main event starts at 6pm, Councillors Debbie Kennard, Joss Loader and Lavinia O’Connor will chair speakers and discussions exploring experiences of being female in the 21st century, modern day…Find out more »
A Series of 5 Talks by Sussex Wildlife Trust February to June 2020 at Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea Dr Tony Whitbread, independent ecologist and President of the Sussex Wildlife Trust will give three talks from February to April on key environmental issues, with an additional talk in May by Henri Brocklebank on marine conservation. There will be a final session in June looking at the overall theme of environmental protection. Wednesday 12 February - Rewilding A discussion about what we…Find out more »
Shoreham Wordfest is launching a competition for 10 line poems and 10 word (yes 10 word!) short stories to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Original unpublished entries on any theme are invited from all Sussex residents, with £150 top prize for the winning poem and £50 top prize for the very short story. There is a special prize for poems by 16-18 year olds. The poetry will be judged by John McCullough, prize winning poet and creative writing tutor at Sussex…Find out more »
Alexander McCall Smith was due to appear at a special Wordfest event on 22 May and we are delighted that he accepted our invitation to appear on behalf of Shoreham Wordfest during the Big Book Weekend (BBW). He recorded his special message and readings at home and will appear on www.myvlf.com My VLF is a new start-up company which has produced a very attractive on-line environment which replicates the sort of experience we might have at a real literary festival, but…Find out more »
Get Creative: Children’s Poetry Project Shoreham Wordfest is running a Poetry for Our Time project for children aged 7-11 years, together with Kay Walton from Brighton-based poetry group Rap’n’Rhyme. There are workshops and great ideas to inspire young poets to write poems about their world as it is now: Lines from the Lockdown. Originally designed for Adur schools, we have redesigned it as an on-line project and opened it to all local children and families. Details of the on-line resources…Find out more »