|Spread the word!
WIGAN and Leigh’s annual celebration of the written and spoken word returns next month with a programme featuring everything from medieval mystery to murder, monsters and monologues.
A selection of authors will be heading to the borough for the Words Festival, which kicks off on Monday 12 May. Among the highlights are Matt Hilton, famous for the Joe Hunter series; Mark Olly, the Man in Black from the Sky,History TV series Lost Treasures; as well as the best of crime, children’s and historical writers.
There’s also an action-packed Museums at Night event at Trencherfield Mill planned for young readers. Monsters at t’Mill offers a mill tour, monster model-making and welcomes Blue Peter award-winning children’s author Guy Bass who will be talking about his new book The Legend of Frog.
Museums at Night is also offering festival-goers a rare opportunity to view an incredible piece of paper architecture in the form of Pyscho - a tribute to the Hitchcock film of the book by Robert Bloch, with light and sound. The piece has been loaded by internationally-acclaimed artists Davy and Kristin McGuire, and it will be on display at the Museum of Wigan Life for the duration of the festival.
Carole Ogden, festival organiser, said: “There’s something for everyone at this year’s Words Festival. Budding writers have the chance to tap in to the talent of popular authors and get advice about how to get their work noticed; there’s the chance to learn more about modern technology associated with reading, such as e-readers; and there’s even a writing workshop with a food-related theme! I’d encourage people to take a look at our programme to see what we’ve got on offer.”
Events during the festival also include Radio 6 breakfast DJ Shaun Keaveny returning to his home town of Leigh with a comic talk about all things northern, authors Terry and Monica Darlington recounting some of their entertaining boating adventures, and Anna Hope talking about her Simon Mayo Bookclub choice Wake - a stunning debut novel looking at the aftermath of WW1 through the experiences of three very different women.
To view the full programme of events, visit www.wlct.org/words