From Sat 28 May until Sun 12 June, Worthing will be brimming with arts and culture as Worthing World of Words (WOW) Festival takes place.

The festival launches with an evening with legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke on Thurs 14 Apr, bringing an air of rebellion to the quiet seaside town before the festival begins fully in May. This year the festival has a strong film line up as 120 years of film in Sussex are celebrated. Local film history will be explored with a series of exhibitions, screenings and workshops, and on the festival’s opening night the first film screening in Worthing will be recreated in the Southern Pavilion.

Literary events include poetry and prose nights with writers such as David Constantine, Mimi Khalvati, Professor Jane Rogers and Suzanne Joinson. Workshops will also help writers to hone their craft with help from authors, publishers and editors. Performance events range from Polari, named the best LGBT cultural event in 2013, to Macbyrd, a 1940s set comedy thriller performed in the open air at Highdown Gardens. For children there are family storytelling sessions and the chance to meet young adult fantasy author Sheila Rance.

With a bigger festival than ever before, Worthing WOW will be offering a platform for creativity and encouraging all participants to express themselves artistically. A full programme of events can be found at www.worthingwow.co.uk, along with details for purchasing tickets.