Plymouth Festival of Words

Celebrating literature and ‘words’ through a diverse range of art forms including theatre, film and more

Plymouth Festival of Words 2017

Building on the success of the Plymouth International Book Festival, the Plymouth Festival of Words celebrates words in all their forms including literature, poetry, theatre and more. In May 2017, the Festival launched Plymouth History Month, showcasing an eclectic blend of nationally and internationally renowned writers and artists, alongside a rich community programme coordinated by WonderZoo, involving literary groups from across the city and region, and the announcement of the 2017 Plymouth Mayflower Young City Laureate.

The Festival included celebrated film director and screenwriter, Peter Greenaway – and his stunning film, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; highly acclaimed writer, Michèle Roberts who introduced her new novel, A Walworth Beauty, set in Victorian London; international writers Fereshteh Ahmadi and Irenosen Okojie; performances from Helen Chadwick Song Theatre, Joan Ellis and Star Wars actor, Michael Pennington and workshops by Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award creator, Cathy Galvin.

The programme also included the Society for Storytelling’s annual gathering, bringing professional storytellers from across the UK to Plymouth for a weekend of storytelling through music, dance, interactive workshops and talks.

The Plymouth Festival of Words is a partnership between Literature Works, the literature development agency for the South West, Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives, and is supported by Arts Council England.

Visitor information
Please note, the 2017 Festival has now finished. 

You can purchase tickets online here, or via Peninsula Arts Box Office:

Peninsula Arts Gallery
Roland Levinsky building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA

T: +44 1752 585050

Tickets can be posted to you, collected from the Box Office or provided as an e-ticket. We accept all major credit cards. Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Seats are unreserved; a first come first served basis is in operation. We regret that it is not possible to offer a refund once a ticket has been purchased, unless an event has been cancelled by the organisers.

Concessions apply to Plymouth University students and staff, over 60s, unwaged, full-time students and children under the age of 16. Proof of eligibility may be requested.

SPiA (Student Participation in Arts Scheme) is exclusive to Plymouth University students.

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Box Office opening hours
Monday - Friday 13:00-17:00
Saturday 11:00-16:00

House rules
Admittance may be restricted after the published commencement time of the event. Plymouth Festival of Words reserves the right to change the programme without prior notice.

Free parking is available on the Plymouth University campus after 16:00 (limited spaces and parking must be in a designated bay). Paid-for parking is available at Drake Circus Shopping Centre.