Altrincham Word Fest 2019 - 11th to the 26th May

7 May 2019

Altrincham Word Fest 2019 will take place from the 11th to the 26th May with events and workshops taking place in various venues in the town centre. Some great local talent will be featuring this year.

Altrincham’s own David Nolan will be discussing his life as a professional writer. Most of his career has been spent writing about popular culture but he has just written his first work of fiction, 'Black Moss', a gripping crime thriller. David will be discussing his work with David Prior of Altrincham Today. 

Nicholas Royle grew up near The Garrick and is now a successful writer and lecturer. He’s also an editor at Salt Publishing which champions new writers and is the publisher of independent Nightjar Press. He’s a very useful man for budding writers to know and he will be giving advice on how to get your work published.

Local resident, Jonathan Swinton, will be discussing his new book ‘Alan Turing’s Manchester’. It describes the post- war Manchester that Turing encountered when he arrived here in 1948 and his links to the Hale and Bowdon area.

Clare Stuart is well known in Altrincham as the organiser of Denzell Gardens Book Festival and as a teacher in local schools. She will be bringing her popular creative writing workshop ‘Pen to Paper’ to Word Fest.

Other author events are Manchester themed. Cath Staincliffe, creator of ITV's Blue Murder and the writer of the Scott and Bailey books will be talking about her writing life. Cath's Sal Kilkenny series of novels describe the adventures of Sal, Manchester single mother and intrepid private detective and have won many crime fiction awards. Her standalone titles explore the lives of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events and involve contemporary themes many of which have impacted her own life including adoption and parenting a transgender child. 

Dave Haslam DJ, journalist and author will be at Altrincham Word Fest, talking about his memoir ‘Sonic Youth Slept on my Floor: Music, Manchester and More’. Expect amazing stories about Dave’s years at the Hacienda mixing with Tony Wilson, Nile Rodgers, Terry Hall, Neneh Cherry, Tracey Thorn, John Peel and many more!

Our mission is to inspire everyone to write so we have a range of great workshops designed to do just that. David Gaffney will be delivering his popular Flash Fiction workshop and Kate Feld will be back by popular demand, this time with a workshop on writing inspired by Memory and Place. We have workshops in poetry writing for young people with poet Shirley May. An audience with successful women’s lifestyle blogger Susan Earlam should inspire anyone keen to start blogging.

The spoken word will be a strong theme this year with opportunities for poets of all levels of experience to perform at our Poetry Open Mic night. ‘That’s What She Said’, the award-winning spoken word night for women and non-binary writers, will be relocating from Manchester city centre to Altrincham for one night only to become part of the festival. ‘Rant!’ gives young people between the ages of 11 and 18 the opportunity to write and perform a short piece about something that makes them irate!  Comedy fans should watch for our interactive improvised comedy stand-up night – a collaboration with local theatre company ‘WhatstheSketch’. Audience participation is encouraged but not compulsory! There will also be a collaborative performance from poet Tom Jenks and visual artist Kevin Linnane.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here

Further details and updates can be found on the Altrincham Word Fest website and our Facebook page

Altrincham Word Fest 2019 is supported by Altrincham Unlimited