About us

We are a group of enthusiastic local writers and readers, who have got together with a shared passion for words written, spoken and sung. We have been working together since May 2011, with some changes as people move on with their writing or other life changes.

We welcome ideas, suggestions and offers of assistance. Please get involved, either as members of our association, as participants, or just sign up for regular information by contacting us.

Wordfest will be applying for charitable status this year.

Our Vision

A celebration of the spoken and written word, with readings and discussion, poetry, song, books, plays and other writings. We want a mixture of new and established writers, to inspire and intrigue, to entertain and stimulate. As well as bringing authors into the area, we will also focus on the considerable local talent we have in Shoreham and the surrounding area, to encourage new writing and to develop new readers and audiences. We want the festival to be very engaging and participative, aiming to have writing, reading and active workshops for all ages, links with schools and community groups, and also some high profile events attracting a wide range of people.

Shoreham WordFest Organising Group:

  • Rosalind Turner, Chair and overall programme coordination
  • David Johnson, Drama group, authors and festival development
  • Sally Lloyd, Event organiser
  • Elizabeth Garber, Marketing
  • Sue Walker, Writing workshops and author development; novelist
  • Brian Gill, Drama development
  • Polly Coles, Organiser
  • Richard Robinson, Organiser and business link
  • Hugh Hellicar, Rainbow Poetry
  • Tricia Cunningham, Publicity and drama
  • Bill Giddings, Treasurer
  • Judith Cousins, Organisational development
  • Annie Callanan, Fundraising and Festival Development
  • Marilyn Stafford, Lead on Poetry
  • Felicity Knight, Distribution
  • Tom Cutler, Organiser
  • Morag Charlwood, Author contacts
  • Janet Behan, Playwriting


Pamela Driscoll, Adur and Worthing Arts development
Sally Sinclair, Website design
Janet Pressley, Workshops
Barbara Meredith, Poetry Trail
Dave Sutton
Myriad Books
City Books Hove
Book Nook Hove
Toast by the Coast, Meeting place/Wordfest office!
Ginger and Dobbs, Host of poetry readings
Ropetackle Arts Centre

We are very grateful to Ropetackle Arts Centre for being the main sales point for Wordfest tickets this year.