This was our ninth annual Wordfest and had the theme of Shaping the Future, with authors, speakers and events which considered challenges and opportunities lying ahead and how we can all be part of shaping our future.
We would like to thank all who took part in Shoreham Wordfest 2019
There were 45 events including Lynne Truss, John Humphrys, Stanley Johnson, Dorothy Koomson, Dallas Campbell, Polly Toynbee and Poet Laureate Simon Armitage.
Children and family events including the moving Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns, Molly and Munch in Lancing and Fishersgate and a very popular When Trees Could Speak in Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Woods Mill.
Total audience numbers were nearly 3,000 and over 300 books were sold by our Festival Bookshop. Our festival bookstall sold 206 books with a total of £2,296 sales; additionally we sold 50 books for John Humphrys, raising £500 for his Kitchen Table Charity.
Overall feedback on the whole festival was very positive. It was visible and engaging, with people coming to many events throughout the three weeks of the main festival, achieving a collective excitement and a consistent thread of discussion, as we hoped. “Hay on Wye should look to their laurels,” was one comment.
The Climate Summit and Young People’s Climate event held in the middle weekend of Wordfest have had a big impact locally and has led to follow up events linking with local and regional activist groups campaigning on this issue.
Festival costs were met by ticket income and business sponsorship. Adur District Council contributed to the cost of children and community. Rampion Community Fund supported the Climate Emergency Summit and young people’s Climate event.
Thanks to all our audience, sponsors, community venues and our wonderful, hardworking team of 30 volunteers. Now onto planning for Wordfest 2020!
Rosalind Turner, Programme Director, Shoreham Wordfest