Plymouth Festival of Words

A Star Wars actor, a Booker Prize nominee, and the acclaimed director of one of the 1980's iconic black comedies – what’s not to love about the Plymouth Festival of Words?

Building on the success of the Plymouth International Book Festival, the Plymouth Festival of Words celebrates words in all its forms including literature, poetry, theatre and more. 

Launching Plymouth History Month, it showcases an eclectic blend of nationally and internationally renowned writers, alongside a rich community programme involving literary groups from across the city and region, and the crowning of the 2017 Plymouth Mayflower Young Laureate Award.

The Festival includes celebrated filmmaker, Peter Greenaway – and his stunning film, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover – as well as the highly acclaimed writer, Michèle Roberts who will be introducing her new novel A Walworth Beauty, based in Victorian London. 

This is further complemented by international writers including Fereshteh Ahmadi, and Irenosen Okojie as well as performances by Helen Chadwick Song Theatre, Joan Ellis and Star Wars actor, Michael Pennington; workshops by Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award creator, Cathy Galvin and a celebration of the South West writer, Charles Causley.

This year’s Festival also includes the Society for Storyteller’s annual gathering, bringing professional storytellers from across the UK to Plymouth for a weekend of storytelling through music, dance and more. We welcome you to join in their fun and interactive workshops and talks.

The Plymouth Festival of Words has been organised through a partnership between Literature Works, the literature development agency for the South West, Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage), Wonderzoo and is supported by Arts Council England.


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