Wordfest features 43 events

Prunella Scales
Prunella Scales

Shoreham Wordfest has confirmed its biggest-ever programme.

Spokeswoman Carole Buchan said: “From Monty Python to Cambridge Footlights, from BAFTA-nominated actress to best-selling debut novelists, it’s all to be found in this year’s Shoreham Wordfest.

“The festival launched just four years ago with seven events over four days. This year it runs from September 19 to October 12 and features 43 events covering landmark anniversaries for Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas and Brendan Behan, a whole weekend devoted to the graphic novel on Shoreham’s iconic houseboat Fische, an ex-Nato minesweeper, plenty of events for children and teenagers, crime writing with John Harvey and Peter Guttridge and World War One poetry with biographer Max Egremont.

“Actress Carol Cleveland, fresh from the Python reunion at the O2 Arena, will talk about the Python years and her stage career at Wordfest’s launch dinner at Shoreham Yacht Club. There will be poems in pubs, workshops and walks, plus plenty of jazz and classical music.

“Add to the mix an evening of poetry, humour and anecdote with one of Britain’s best loved actresses Prunella Scales in a show devised by Leo Aylen, plus readings by three top-selling debut novelists – Lucy Atkins (The Missing One); Jane Lythell (The Lie of You) and Eva Weaver (The Puppet Boy of Warsaw).

“In addition to Ropetackle and other town centre venues, there are events out of town, including Cambridge Footlights’ Edinburgh Fringe review at Lancing College and Shakespearean songs and sonnets by Neil Jenkins and his chorale at St Mary’s House, Bramber.”

“The full programme and tickets are on sale at Ropetackle in Shoreham, and on the second Saturday in August and September at Shoreham Farmers’ Market. A recently launched Friends’ scheme offers up to 20 per cent discount on tickets.

Full details on www.shorehamwordfest.com.