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.

Will you join us for the next chapter…?

The successful Plymouth International Book Festival, established in 2012, evolved this year to the broader, celebratory Plymouth Festival of Words, and we’re now planning to make this bigger, better and bolder in the future.

We’d like you to join us. We think you should, but also know that lives are busier than ever, and there’s so much choice and only so many options you can take when it comes to precious leisure time.

So tell us. Completing a short survey of 10 questions could underwrite the next chapter for Plymouth’s burgeoning literature and arts scene.


Thank you for your help.