Altrincham Word Fest is a writing festival that is taking place from the 12th to the 27th May 2018. For two exciting weeks the town will host workshops and events about poetry, scriptwriting, ‘flash fiction’, self-publishing, life writing and blogging.
Word Fest is the brainchild of local residents Yoko Isami and Anne Earley. The pair are both committed bookworms who met when they were involved in a local art festival. Yoko is a printmaker and artist whilst Anne has many years of experience in marketing and events management roles.
Other local towns have literature festivals, but Anne and Yoko would like to do something a little different.
‘As compulsive readers and social media addicts we realise that we, like many people, are passive consumers of other people’s words and ideas. We thought it would be exciting to change that around and give people, including us, the chance the express their own creativity through creating a poem, a blog, short story or whatever. ‘
The pair are delighted at the range of talented writers who have agreed to be involved. For example, ‘King of Flash Fiction’ David Gaffney, will be running one of his famous workshops inspiring participants to create a short story in 150 words. David is a prolific writer and has published collections of short stories, novels and most recently a graphic novel, The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head.
Short story writer, poet and editor, Kate Feld, will be hosting a Life Writing workshop, encouraging participants to work with the most authentic subject matter –their own life story. Kate who has had a long association with Manchester Literature Festival is also a lecturer in Journalism at the University of Salford.
Seamus Kelly, professional poet, writer and teacher will be supporting his workshop attendees to create poems and will be hosting a poetry open mic night for local poets to perform their own work.
Anne and Yoko are also delighted to welcome Kat Horrocks and Pamela Higgins (aka SpamellaB) of We Blog North, the region’s bloggers, vloggers and social media influencers collective, to Altrincham Word Fest. Their Introduction to Creating Content Online is designed to inspire, educate and support anyone keen to get online themselves.
Other events will include an evening with Altrincham resident, Paul Carroll, who has successfully self -published and promoted three novels with a fourth on the way and a scriptwriting workshop with published playwright, Sarah Cassidy. Sarah writes for the stage, radio, screen and is currently part of the 2017/18 Liverpool Everyman Theatre Playwright Programme.