Weaver Words Literature Festival – New proposed dates (1-5 September 2021)

As the country eases out of lockdown, we have tentatively booked the first week in September for the re-arranged Weaver Words Literature Festival. The programme will be based on the 2020 festival, which was due to be staged last May – and then again this May 2021!

We are hoping for third time lucky and will be confirming arrangements in late June, if and when we get the green light from the Government.

The deadline for the Flash Fiction Competition, sponsored by FDR Law, will be extended for several months (new date to be confirmed) and the winners announced at the new festival in September 2021.

July 2020: Great Weaver Words writing competition junior prize winners

Winners of the Great Weaver Words Writing Competition (junior section) have been announced and awarded certificates plus £200 worth of book token prizes.

Norley and Helsby Horn’s Mill primary schools both have a winner and five runners-up in the competition, which was sponsored by the Frodsham and Helsby Rotary Club.

Judged by award-winning writer and festival patron Tim Firth, the creative writing competition winners would normally have been announced at a special schools event as part of the five day Weaver Words Literature Festival, but organisers were keen to award the prizes before the end of the summer term when some children are due to change schools. The senior school key stage 3 prize will be held over and awarded at the 2021 festival.

Many congratulations to all the short-listed children:

  • At Norley Primary School, the winner was Micah Jamieson, with runners up: Erin Silcock-Starkey, William Hardie, Isobelle Young, Leo Partridge and Harry Dale.
  • At Horn’s Mill Primary School the winner was Lilia Hunt, with runners up: Lauren Duffy, Lea Pohlmeyer, Amber McGing, Evie Griffiths and Maiya Aspinall.

Weaver Words festival manager, Lynn Pegler, said: “Many thanks to all the children who entered the creative writing competition and the schools for supporting them. The pupils produced some excellent imaginative, historical stories and hopefully we have helped to nurture creative talent for the future.

Sadly all the judging and presentation arrangements had to adapt to the changing lockdown situation and the children have had to receive their prizes through the post instead of being presented with them on stage at the festival. Although not ideal, we hope the children will take the same pleasure and pride in their achievements.”

Weaver Words 2020 – Planned for September 2021

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.