Weaver Words Literature Festival is Back!

Weaver Words is back! Frodsham’s popular biennial literature festival, which has been cancelled twice due to the Covid pandemic, is back on stage Wednesday 1 – Sunday 5 September, 2021.

Topping the bill at the new festival will be BBC radio legend Mark Radcliffe and Radio 4 comedian Mitch Benn.

Award-winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts opens the festival on Wednesday 1st September, with an evening of poetry and readings , while on Saturday 4th September, BBC Radio Four’s Mitch, from the hit satirical Now Show, promises a musical feast of ‘Ten Songs to Save the World’.

TV forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes takes us on a spine-tingling journey into the dark world of the criminal mind with a Sunday afternoon talk, ‘What Lies Buried’.

Times journalist and author Henry McDonald will be giving his unique perspective on Northern Ireland, Prof Michael Parkinson will talk about saving Liverpool from the 1980s militant era onwards and festival manager Lynn Pegler will be staging a new play for adults about Lewis Carroll, exploring the fact behind the fiction of the real Alice, in ‘Alice’s Quest for Wonderland.

Crime novelist Stephen Booth will be guest speaker at a Literary Lunch at Forest Hills Hotel, and Daphne du Maurier and environmental writer Robert Macfarlane (The Lost Words) will come under the microscope in talks by Sue Zlosnik and Andy Jurgis. The festival finishes with Word Weavers, an explosive evening of poetry and music from award-winning poet Andrew Rudd and violinist Daniel Axworthy, plus the announcement of winners of the prestigious Flash Fiction Competition.

Supported by Arts Council England, FDR Law, environmental consultants RSK, Frodsham and Helsby Rotary Club, Frodsham Town Council and the WI, there will again be an array of creative workshops to enjoy with poets Jean Atkin and Julia McGuinness, and a full day writing ramble with celebrated local author Katharine Norbury. Frodsham Library will be supporting the festival again with a fringe event – a poetry reading by poet John Lindley on Tuesday 31 August.

A free 24 page Weaver Words brochure is available to collect from Frodsham Community Centre, Frodsham Library, Dandelion Gifts, Castle Park and other publicity points around the town.

For more details and to book tickets, visit the festival website www.weaverwords.org.uk Tickets can be purchased online, through the box office 0333 666 3366 and in person at Frodsham Community Centre or Dandelion Gifts.