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WIGAN and Leigh’s Words Literature Festival has been hailed the best yet!
Sell out events and well attended workshops all ensured the eighth Words Literature Festival was a “fantastic success”!
Author Germaine Greer, rugby league commentator Ray French and a local author Paul Finch were just some of the highlights of an eclectic mix of events taking place throughout Wigan and Leigh between April 25 and May 7.
Organiser Gillian Forrester said: “Words 2011 has been a fantastic success this year.
“The wonderful mix of artist, speakers, authors and poets has brought us much bigger audiences for our annual literary festival, with some events being sell-outs.
“The hard work of the volunteer management committee during the year and our 'friends of the festival' during the fortnight do such a fantastic job. This year has been our best festival ever.
“The Arts Council and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s support have also been key to this year’s success.”
Words Literature Festival blends local and national literary luminaries, provides workshops in scriptwriting and under fives storytelling sessions for an truly mixed bag of literary opportunities for the residents of Wigan and Leigh.
Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s chief executive Stuart Murray said: “The Words Literature Festival has ensured an action packed two weeks which has opened many literary opportunities for the people of the borough.”
Memorable moments from the festival also included the Dead Poets performing at the Tudor House Hotel and a day of Folk ‘n’ Verse at The Orwell.
Organised by the Leigh and Wigan Words Together Committee and supported by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust this year’s event has been made possible following funding from Arts Council England.