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Shoreham Wordfest 2023 formed by literature enthusiasts supports local creativity

Bolstered by a growing reputation, Shoreham Wordfest returns on Sat 30 Sept – Sun 15 Oct. Formed from a community of local writers and literary enthusiasts, this annual event has been supporting local creativity. It has attracted high profile authors and speakers to the south coast since 2011. Around 20 events are being packed into its busy schedule, including author talks, concerts, poetry and walks. 

This festival of words and ideas starts with an immersive theatre trail, Tales of Shoreham: The Big Picture! . It journeys through Marlipins Museum, the oldest secular building in Sussex. Visitors will meet characters from Shoreham’s history – including its glamorous connection to the early film industry.

More original work is on offer with Idle Women, a new musical play based on the lives of women working on canals during World War Two.. They were nicknamed ‘Idle Women’ due to their ‘IW’ (Inland Waterways) badges. 

Idle Women

Poetry as well as plays to witness

Shoreham Wordfest is one of the first festivals to hear the acclaimed poet and author Lemn Sissay reading from his brand-new poetry collection, Let The Light Pour In.  Lemn will discuss his work with the audience including the award-winning memoir, My Name Is Why. 

The Fatal Shore Crime Writing Festival has already sold out within weeks. Hosted by authors Elly Griffiths and William Shaw the festival features top authors Richard Osman, Nicci French and Kate Mosse. There’s also the exciting Houseboat of Death, an original whodunnit by Elly Griffiths, later in the evening.  

Caitlin is a one-woman play performed by Brighton actress Christine Kempall, portraying Caitlin Thomas’s stormy marriage with Dylan Thomas. Shoreham-based actress and playwright Janet Behan celebrates the centenary of her uncle Brendan’s plays and novels such as Borstal Boy

Shoreham Wordfest continues its sessions on topical issues.

Journalist Rafael Behr launches his new book Politics – A Survivor’s Guide, a masterclass in how to ‘stay engaged without getting enraged.’ Foreign correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse will discuss the increasingly complex and concerning international perspective. 

For tickets and further information on their full range of compelling events, visit the festival’s website at:

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