Friday, 22 February 2008

Words Festival 2008

26 letters in the alphabet,

tens of thousands of words,

1 Leigh & Wigan Literary Festival, showcasing some of the best use of words in the region.

The 5th Annual Leigh and Wigan Words Together Literary Festival

Monday 24th March - Saturday 5th April

Tuesday 1 April, 6:30pm

Waterstone’s Local Author Evening

Waterstone’s, Grand Arcade, Wigan

A special event organised by Waterstone’s. To celebrate the wealth of creativity in Wigan, Waterstone’s will be hosting a local author evening. There will be talks and demonstrations by several local authors and a chance to meet and support the local literature scene. Free refreshments will be provided.

Featuring: BeWrite Books author, Michael J Hunt, will be doing a sneak preview reading of his soon to be released novel Two Days in Tehran.

£1. Tickets from Waterstone’s, Wigan.

Friday 4 April, 10:00am - 12:30pm

Book Launch by Local Author Michael Hunt

Michael J Hunt will be upstairs at Santos to sign copies of, and talk about, his new book, Two Days in Tehran (BeWrite Books) about a party of travellers caught up in the 1978 revolution when the Shah of Iran was deposed. Michael Hunt is Chair of the Words Festival Committee; he also runs novel writers’ support groups that meet in the Santos Coffee Bar. Michael’s first two books, published by BeWrite, and available on Amazon, are Matabele Gold and The African Journals of Petros Amm.


Saturday 5 April, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Networking Event

This is where writers can receive up-to-date information regarding all aspects of publishing and meet other local writers. Towpath Community Press will display their most recent books and the international publishers, BeWrite Books, will offer a free paperback, ‘First Chapters’, which features an exclusive selection of their published work. This is your opportunity to meet local and national writers and publishers.

Featuring: BeWrite Books authors; Michael J Hunt, Sam Smith and Carol Thistlethwaite. Plus BeWrite Books team members; Cait Myers and Alex Marr.


Saturday 5 April, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Hear the Word

Derby Room, Turnpike Centre, Leigh

Please join our local writers and poets and share your poetry and prose at this open-floor event. If you want to share your work with an audience for the first time, or even if you are experienced, then come along and join in.

Featuring: BeWrite Books authors; Michael J Hunt, Sam Smith and Carol Thistlethwaite.


To download the complete Words 2008 programme (pdf), click here.

More events featuring BeWrite Books authors can be found here.

Exhibition 5 March - 5 April Hannah Lobley - Paperwork

Words Programme
Monday 24 March Day of Folk
Tuesday 25 March Tyldesley Writers’ Open Day & Workshop
Tuesday 25 March Visit by poet and performer Steve Morris
Tuesday 25 March Alan Hayhurst - Jack the Ripper; His True Story
Tuesday 25 March Orchestration of Waves by John Togher & Paul Bibby
Wednesday 26 March Jim Eldridge - Scriptwriting Workshop
Wednesday 26 March Life in Wigan - Rafiki and the Traveller’s Project
Wednesday 26 March Rosie Lugosi Unwigged
Wednesday 26 March Robert Lloyd Parry: One man show and storytelling event
Thursday 27 March Author visit by Ian Gray
Thursday 27 March Leigh and Atherton Writers Social Evening
Thursday 27 March Open Floor Poetry Extravaganza
Friday 28 March 24 Hour Arty People
Friday 28 March Towpath Press & Local Authors
Saturday 29 March George Alagiah
Saturday 29 March The Wigan Launch of ‘Bookcrossing’
Saturday 29 March The Poetry Picnic
Saturday 29 March Calligraphy for Adults
Saturday 29 March Poet Chris Tutton
Monday 31 March Author visit by Geoff Lee
Monday 31 March Vincent Smith - ‘The Love Poems of Thomas Hardy’
Tuesday 1 April Waterstone’s Local Author Evening
Tuesday 1 April Author visit by Dr Cecil Helman
Tuesday 1 April Sheila Aspinall and Sandre Clays
Thursday 3 April An Afternoon with Stuart Maconie
Thursday 3 April Martin Gurdon - Writers’ Workshop
Thursday 3 April David Gaffney - Powerpoint stories
Friday 4 April Jon Oxendale - A One-Man Under Milk Wood
Friday 4 April Author visit by Ferzanna Riley
Friday 4 April Book launch by local author Michael Hunt
Saturday 5 April Networking event
Saturday 5 April Hear the Word
Saturday 5 April Willpower Youth Theatre

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