Jenni Murray and Kate Adie are just two of the big names coming to Shoreham Wordfest this year with talks about the impact women have made on society.
Also on the Wordfest programme are celebrated Yorkshire poet, Ian McMillan, who will give a wry and humorous take on modern life through his poetry and commentary.
Peter Owen-Jones, South Downs priest, author and TV presenter, will talk about environmental change and our response to it while Attila the Stockbroker launches his new album of early music and poetry focusing on Charles ll ‘Great Escape’ from Shoreham Harbour.
There is drama with “Where is Mrs Christie?” about the real-life mystery of eleven days when Agatha Christie went missing.
Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and loss, Romeo and Juliet, films and talks about Laurie Lee, Flying Scotsman and the role of women in early film.
The festival’s theme of All Change reflects the centenary commemoration of WW1, but also of women’s suffrage and so many seismic changes reflected in society and the arts over the past century.
The Wordfest keynote address will be from University of Sussex Professor Norman Vance, who will give an illustrated lecture on 1918 and after.
There are plenty of children and family events as well with two great children’s theatre shows based on books, a children’s picture book author and two creativity sessions.
The children’s shows, including Pirate Pearl and the Blue Monster shows will be at Lancing Parish Hall and Eastbrook Manor Community Centre – Fishersgate Centre, have been sponsored by Adur District Council.
Wordfest starts with a series of creative writing events on every Saturday in September, all led by published authors and poets, leading to an open mic event when people can share short readings of their own work.
There are new authors, talks, walks and even a Wordfest party evening, so something in this action packed autumn programme.
For more details and tickets please go to www.shorehamwordfest.com.