2018 was a busy year for Wordfest.  The annual Celebrating Shakespeare festival in April followed by a new endeavour: The Comedy of Errors in a marquee on Coronation Green in June.  A new intergenerational project, We Two, started working with school children and grandparents/older people. Finally our annual Wordfest with 34 events including authors and broadcasters Jenni Murray and Kate Adie, poet Ian McMillan, who also ran workshops for 180 school children.   Highlights also included the talk and film of Laurie Lee, the talk and reading about Indian Soldiers in WW1, a specially commissioned production of Romeo and Juliet and Amaryllis Gunn’s entertaining anthology of the struggle for Women’s equality from Suffrage to the 1960’s. 

Past Events of Wordfest 2018

We have been growing since our first weekend of events in 2011, and this year’s October Wordfest had 35 events over 21 days with over 2000 attendances, featuring Jenni Murray, Kate Adie and Ian McMillan.

A few of our 2018 Speakers

Kate Adie

Spoken Word

Former BBC Chief News Correspondent, Kate Adie charts the move towards equal rights with men that began a century ago and asks what these women achieved for future generations.

Stephen James Smith

Irish Performance Poet

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. To date, his poetry videos have amassed over 1million views online. In 2017, he was commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival to write a new poem as a celebratory narrative of Ireland.

Jenni Murray

A History of the World in 21 Women

The inimitable Dame Jenni Murray celebrates great women from around the world – rescuing some from obscurity and shining a new light on familiar names.

Ian McMillan


Ian will draw fresh inspiration from his visit to Shoreham-by-Sea, where he will be entertaining school children earlier in the day. Provocative, reflective, humorous, Ian’s poetry provides a subversive commentary on our everyday life and times.

Laurie Lee

The Lost Recordings

Reflections on love, landscape, childhood, poetry and music from one of the great English writers of the 20th Century.

In 1994, the year of his 80th birthday, Laurie Lee shared his memories of an ‘eventful’ early life in a series of interviews with the film maker David Parker. It was quite a coup as Laurie did not ‘do’ television! He talked with sublime eloquence about his life in the Slad Valley, and the influence of the landscapes and memories of his childhood on his subsequent writing. In this session David will introduce the recordings and show the 30-minute film he made with Laurie.

Catherine Smith

Trust the Image

A three-hour poetry workshop for people who enjoy writing for themselves or who are new to writing poems and want to find ways to get started.

Looking at great examples of published poems and how they use metaphor, simile and extended metaphors, we will discuss how to develop your own ideas using images.

Sue Walker

Creative writing Class

Sue Walker has 3 published crime novels and is a creative writing tutor.  She is a founder member of shoreham Wordfest.

Tess Jolly

Creative Writing for Children

A session for children aged 7-11 to inspire and develop their own creative writing – poetry and prose. The session will include games to fire up the children’s imaginations, focused writing time and the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on their work. There will be a reading for their families at the end of the session.

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

Thanks to our great sponsors

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

2018 Photos