Weaver Words Literature Festival postponed until next May

Weaver Words Literature Festival, which was due to be staged in Frodsham from 29 April – 3 May, has sadly been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The five day programme for the biennial festival at Frodsham Community Centre will now be moved to Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 May 2021. The deadline for the Flash Fiction Competition, sponsored by FDR Law, will be extended by 11 months to 28 February 2021, and the winners announced at the new festival in 2021.

The Great Weaver Words writing prize for children, sponsored by Frodsham and Helsby Rotary, will be judged next month as planned, and prizes awarded in a new ceremony to be arranged later this year.

Weaver Words festival manager, Lynn Pegler, said: “We are extremely disappointed we’ve had to postpone the literature festival but given the current health situation, we felt this was the only responsible course open to usThe intention is to move the whole programme forward by a year, subject to availability of speakers. We have deliberately extended the deadline for the Flash Fiction competition to be in line with the new festival dates in 2021. With everyone confined to their homes for weeks, perhaps this is an ideal time to try your hand at writing at a bite-sized story – only 300 words. Watch this space!

Any tickets already booked through the website will automatically be refunded. People who bought tickets at the Community Centre or Dandelion will be contacted separately to arrange refunds.

Weaver Words 2020 – now postponed.

We are delighted to bring you an exciting five day programme, packed full of fascinating events, talks and creative workshops.

Highlights include BBC radio legend Mark Radcliffe, award-winning Manchester poet Michael Symmons Roberts, TV forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes and comedian Mitch Benn, from BBC Radio Four’s hit satirical Now Show.

Guardian journalist and author Henry McDonald will be offering his unique perspective on Northern Ireland, Prof Michael Parkinson will talk about saving Liverpool from the 1980s militant era onwards and our own festival manager Lynn Pegler will be premiering a new play about Lewis Carroll exploring the fact behind the fiction of the real Alice.

The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Edgelands’ – those awkward, dysfunctional places, both actual and virtual. Given the recent Brexit divisions, spotlights on mental health and environmental issues like global warming, it seems to reflect the national mood perfectly at the moment!

With a pop-up poetry wall, literary lunch, two writing competitions and lots of different creative workshops and events, there’s much to enjoy in this fantastic festival.

Many thanks to our patron Tim Firth and all our wonderful sponsors, supporters, volunteers and helpers who make this festival possible.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Weaver Words
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Mitch Benn
Mitch Benn – Saturday evening
10 Songs to Change the World
Mark Radcliffe
Mark Radcliffe on Sunday afternoon
In conversation Mick Ord
TV expert forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes
TV expert forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes
Talks on Thursday evening
Stephen Booth
Literary lunch on Thursday
With crime novelist Stephen Booth

Alice's Quest for Wonderland
Alice’s Quest for Wonderland
Play on Friday night
Workshops and Classes
Daphne Du Maurier
Illustrated talk on Daphne Du Maurier. Friday.