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Ideas into Stories: Writing Workshop with Beth Miller

September 7 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Struggling to get decent ideas for stories? Or perhaps you’re sorted for ideas but aren’t sure how to turn them into a story that works?

Flash Fiction workshop with Vanessa Gebbie

September 14 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Find out how flash techniques can help bust the dreaded writers’ block, and what can we do with them when we’ve made them?

Finding Another Voice – poetry workshop with Catherine Smith

September 21 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This workshop will encourage writers to ‘find another voice’ so that the default setting of autobiography can be challenged

Tell Your Story – a one-day story telling course with Jamie Crawford

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn how, without props and paper, to tell a story to a fresh audience. Together we will explore what makes a good story, how to find your storytelling voice and how to connect with your listeners.

Poetry and Music Open Mic

September 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

A P Staunton, past winner of the Wordfest Slam, has established a monthly spoken word event with poetry, music and a lively pub crowd

Wordfest Launch Event: The Future Starts Here

September 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us to launch our annual Wordfest with a special event featuring Dr David Bramwell

An Introduction to the Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop with John McCullough

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This small group session John McCullough will discuss some of her best-known poems by Elizabeth Bishop

Lynne Truss – The Man That Got Away

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Popular author, Lynne Truss, will discuss the latest novel in her new series, The Constable Twitten Mysteries, set in Brighton

Children’s Creative Writing Workshop with Tess Jolly

September 28 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Tess is an award-winning poet who runs Tiger’s Eye Writers, a regular creative writing class for children

Tales by the Riverbank – an evening of story-telling

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

An invitation to tell a story, or listen to, in the perfect setting of the Verda Houseboat on the River Adur

The Barber of Seville – performed by Barefoot Opera

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Barefoot Opera bring their inventive, exuberant ensemble style to Rossini’s comic masterpiece of bribery, deception and disguise.

New Writing South Writers’ Day

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Four seminars to help aspiring and experienced writers

A Walk Along the River Adur with Dr. Geoffrey Mead

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dr Mead will lead a guided ramble along the banks of the River Adur, explaining how the estuary has changed and been shaped over time

The Freya Connection – with Umi Sinha and Elizabeth Scott

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Umi and Elizabeth tell an extraordinary and inspiring true story of heroism and adventure.

Science Fiction – Visions of the Future with Professor Roger Luckhurst

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In this talk he will discuss current trends in science fiction writing and the impact it has had on the way we, in the 2010s, imagine our future

Wordfest Open Mic evening: poetry, prose and flash fiction

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our Creative Writing Tutors, Beth Miller and Catherine Smith, both published writers, will share some of their own writing along with participants from their workshops

After Cezanne by Maitreyabandhu

September 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

After Cezanne is a series of 56 poems inspired by the life and work of post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne

Dorothy Koomson – Tell Me Your Secret

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening with award-winning, global bestselling author Dorothy Koomson as she discusses her new gripping emotional thriller Tell Me Your Secret

Stanley Johnson – Rewilding our Countryside

October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Broadcaster, journalist, author, conservationist, and now reality TV star, Stanley Johnson’s achievements are numerous.

National Poetry Day – Poetry Pharmacy

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Come and consult our Poetry Pharmacy. Poetic remedies for the trials and tribulations of life.

The Long Man and the Bleeding Nun – A talk on the poetry of Andrew Young by Keith Massey

October 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Admired by C.S.Lewis and Philip Larkin, Andrew Young lived in Sussex for fifty years, and much of his accessible and illuminating poetry celebrates its iconic landscapes.

Entries and Exits – Simon Brett

October 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Wordfest patron, Simon Brett, performs one of his hilarious one-man plays, Entries and Exits.

A Coach Tour of Shoreham Port

October 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tony Parker, Director of Infrastructure and Climate Change, will lead a guided coach tour of Shoreham Port

Chalkscape – The Shaping of the South Downs in Prehistory

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Matthew Pope is Principal Research Fellow in Palaeolithic Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

Climate Emergency Summit

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Peter Owen-Jones, TV presenter, explorer and ecological thinker, will start the day with a hard-hitting call for action

The Takeover Twins bring a charming show to Lancing Parish Hall

October 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Molly isn’t an ordinary girl, and Munch isn’t an ordinary dinosaur - come and see for yourself!

Roger Stevens – Poetry for Children

October 5 @ 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Roger Stevens will be performing some of his most popular poems.

The Takeover Twins bring a charming show to Eastbrook Manor Community centre

October 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Molly isn’t an ordinary girl, and Munch isn’t an ordinary dinosaur - come and see for yourself!

The Leylines – Folk Rock Band

October 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Leylines are a west-country collective with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock.

When Trees Could Speak – Brambledash Theatre

October 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fern the Folklorogist lives in the woods and has secrets and stories to tell. This is a magical immersive storytelling show about trees, friendship and the importance of nature in our lives.

When Trees Could Speak – Brambledash Theatre 2PM – 3PM

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Fern the Folklorogist lives in the woods and has secrets and stories to tell. This is a magical immersive storytelling show about trees, friendship and the importance of nature in our lives.

Our Future, Our Climate. Our World! – a workshop for young people

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A day of gaming and discussion for young people aged 13-18. , to explore issues relating to climate change

Changing Landscapes

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Sussex Landscape has evolved over millions of years through natural processes of tectonic movements, periglacial activity and the constant weathering of rain, wind and sun, river and wave action.

Weatherland – Alexandra Harris

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Alexandra is Professor of English at the University of Birmingham, a literary critic, cultural historian and self-confessed lover of buildings, landscapes, seasons and stories.

Simon Armitage – Poet Laureate reading from Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic

October 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Described as ‘the Auden of his generation” and “as popular as Philip Larkin.”, Simon Armitage’s well-deserved appointment as UK Poet Laureate puts him in the footsteps of Ted Hughes and Carol Ann Duffy.

Cohere – Writing in Response to Dislocation

October 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Cohere is a writing project from North-East England, curated by Brighton-based photographer Nina Emett of FotoDocument.

Why Shouldn’t I Go? By Janet Behan

October 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Writer/actor Janet Behan, author of the celebrated biographical Brendan at the Chelsea, brings her funny and poignant triple bill to Wordfest 2019.

Artificial Intelligence: Service or Master?

October 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dr. Frederique Bone and Dr. Simone Vannuccini, researchers at the Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex, will offer a ‘guided tour’ into the opportunities and challenges of Artificial Intelligence.

An Audience with John Humphrys

October 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

John Humphrys, broadcaster and author, launches his new book – details of which are a closely guarded secret.

The World Turned Upside Down – a discussion with Polly Toynbee, Isabel Hardman and Paul Johnson

October 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ivor Gaber, Professor of Political Journalism at the University of Sussex will be discussing the current, and future, prospects for Britain's politics, economy and society with Polly Toynbee of the Guardian, author of Dismembered

We Choose to Go to the Moon – Dallas Campbell. A Brief History of Human Spaceflight

October 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, one of human history’s defining moments.

H.G.Wells – An Illustrated talk by Janet Pressley

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

H.G. Wells: scientist, political visionary, lover and one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century.

Sea Fever – The Pleasures and The Perils a film and talk with David Parker

October 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Surrounded by water as we are, with the tide ebbing and flowing, both drawn to the sea and yet at the same time terrified by its awesome, destructive power.

Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns – magical theatre from Wizard Presents with Danyah Miller

October 13 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas.

The Golden Age of Canals – David Parker

October 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The inland waterways were the life-blood of the first industrial revolution until the railways came along.

Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns – magical theatre from Wizard Presents with Danyah Miller

October 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas.

Wordfest Party with Old Play retro-rock band

October 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us in a celebration at the end of our 2019 Wordfest, dance and sing along to OldPlay performing some of the best songs of the 1960’s and 70s.

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