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.
We organised children’s theatre in Fishersgate Shark Park café and Lancing Parish hall for the first time which were enthusiastically received by the packed family audiences. This new activity was funded by Adur District Council.
An exhibition at Skyway Gallery of artwork by Shoreham-born artist Patrick Burke ran alongside the Wordfest programme. Wordfest ended with a solemn and very moving commemoration of WW1 with readings of poetry and prose by local actors and haunting songs from Shoreham Chamber Choir.
A series of creative writing workshops every Saturday in September proved very popular with demands for more, longer sessions and extended courses – watch this space.
There were 2500 attendances overall with sell out shows of 200+ for headliners. 900 feedback forms nearly 100% rated good or better. 300 books sold throughout the festival