All tickets available from Ropetackle Arts Centre except those marked*. To book on-line go to: ropetacklecentre.co.uk/wordfest or call in to the Ropetackle box office, Little High Street, Shoreham. Concessionary rates are available for the creative writing courses, for unwaged and students. If you wish to apply please contact us on shorehamwordfest@yahoo.co.uk or call 07522 957691


Saturday, 22nd September 2018

Writing realistic dialogue

2:00 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Duration: 2hrs

With Jennifer Pulling

A fictional conversation is like real life with the dull bits removed. If you want to write realistic...

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Writing realistic dialogue

Saturday, 29th September 2018

WRITE THAT BOOK AND GET IT PUBLISHED!

12:30 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Duration: 3hrs

With Sue Walker

Getting a book published is challenging, but thousands of books are published each year. Why can’t one of...

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WRITE THAT BOOK AND GET IT PUBLISHED!

Saturday, 29th September 2018

Creative Writing for Children

2:00 PM, The Shoreham Centre

Duration: 2hrs

With Tess Jolly

A session for children aged 7-11 to inspire and develop their own creative writing – poetry and prose....

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Creative Writing for Children

Monday, 1st October 2018

Jenni Murray: A History of the World in 21 Women - SOLD OUT

7:30 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Duration: 2hrs

*p. *The inimitable Dame Jenni Murray celebrates great women from around the world – rescuing some from obscurity and shining...

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Jenni Murray: A History of the World in 21 Women - SOLD OUT

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018

‘One lives in the hope of becoming a memory’

10:00 AM, The Shoreham Centre

Duration: 6hrs

Exhibition at Skyway Gallery
Patrick Burke (1932 – 2010)

The Skyway Gallery presents a retrospective exhibition of the late, Shoreham born...

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‘One lives in the hope of becoming a memory’

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018

Creation and Transformation in ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’ - SOLD OUT

7:00 PM, Private Venue

Duration: 2hrs

A literary salon led by Morag Charlwood

2018 marks 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ and the birth...

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Creation and Transformation in ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’ - SOLD OUT

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018

Greg Byron - Wordshow

8:00 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

“Like watching John Cooper Clarke snog
John Hegley” – BBC

Join performance poet Grey Byron for a captivating evening of...


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Greg Byron - Wordshow

Thursday, 4th October 2018

Laurie Lee, the Lost Recordings – David Parker

7:30 PM, QEll room, The Shoreham Centre

Duration: 1hr 30mins

Reflections on love, landscape, childhood, poetry and music from one of the great English writers of the 20th Century.

In 1994,...

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Laurie Lee, the Lost Recordings – David Parker

Friday, 5th October 2018

“God Speed The Plough and The Woman Who Drives It” - SOLD OUT

2:00 PM, Southwick Library

Duration: 2hrs 30mins

Places are limited so please apply directly to: bardfest@yahoo.com

The Women’s Land Army in World War 1, Millicent Fawcett &...

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“God Speed The Plough and The Woman Who Drives It” - SOLD OUT

Friday, 5th October 2018

Flying Scotsman and the Golden Age of Steam

3:00 PM, QEll room, The Shoreham Centre

Duration: 2hrs

Talk and film footage by David Parker

Is there a finer sight than the grace and power of a huge steam...

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Flying Scotsman and the Golden Age of Steam

Friday, 5th October 2018

‘Where is Mrs Christie?’

7:30 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

A drama starring Liz Grand

Agatha Christie was one of the greatest thriller writers of all time and certainly the most...

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‘Where is Mrs Christie?’

Saturday, 6th October 2018

The Giant’s Loo Roll

11:00 AM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Duration: 1hr

TaleGate Children’s Theatre

Look out for the biggest loo roll ever on stage in this GIANT of a children’s musical....

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The Giant’s Loo Roll

Saturday, 6th October 2018

Oggy Boytchev: The Unbeliever

1:00 PM, Ropetackle Art Centre mezzanine

Duration: 1hr 30mins

Wordfest favourite Oggy Boytchev returns with a vivid and highly original novel about an extraordinary cold war spy. This inventive...

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Oggy Boytchev: The Unbeliever

Saturday, 6th October 2018

Portrait of a Space: The Life of Roland Penrose

4:00 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Duration: 2hrs

A drama for six voices set to images, written and devised by Antony Penrose

A Portrait of Space tells the story...

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Portrait of a Space: The Life of Roland Penrose

Saturday, 6th October 2018

Attila the Stockbroker and Barnstormer 1649

8:30 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

launch their new album ‘Restoration Tragedy’

A fitting location for Southwick poet and multi-instrumentalist Attila to launch his new album with...

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Attila the Stockbroker and Barnstormer 1649

Sunday, 7th October 2018

‘Something there is that doesn’t love a wall’ – The Buddha and the poetry of Robert Frost

10:00 AM, QEll room, The Shoreham Centre

Duration: 2hrs

Dharmajit, an ordained Buddhist, who teaches Buddhism and Meditation at the Brighton Buddhist Centre will discuss the similarities between the...

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‘Something there is that doesn’t love a wall’ – The Buddha and the poetry of Robert Frost

Sunday, 7th October 2018

1918 and After: Brave or Bad New World?

3:00 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Duration: 2hrs

An illustrated talk by Professor Norman Vance

It was the best of times and the worst of times. The war had...

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1918 and After: Brave or Bad New World?

Sunday, 7th October 2018

Creative Writing Open Mic

7:00 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Hosted by Michaela Ridgeway

A chance for local writers to air their poetry and prose to an enthusiastic audience at this...

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Creative Writing Open Mic

Monday, 8th October 2018

Indian Soldiers in WW1 – An event to celebrate Black History Month

7:30 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Presented by Nicola Benge, of Brighton’s Strike a Light arts and heritage project, and Umi Sinha, author of Belonging

Approximately 1.3...

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Indian Soldiers in WW1 – An event to celebrate Black History Month

Tuesday, 9th October 2018

A Garden Story: Peter Owen-Jones

7:30 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Following the great success of his talk during last year’s Wordfest, Peter returns to share ideas about the environment and...

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A Garden Story: Peter Owen-Jones

Wednesday, 10th October 2018

An Evening with Ian McMillan: The Bard of Yorkshire

7:00 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Ian McMillan – a poet with a mission to perform his poetry in every local hall in Britain, comes to...

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An Evening with Ian McMillan: The Bard of Yorkshire

Friday, 12th October 2018

Not So Silent Women: Women behind the camera in early film

7:30 PM, West Street Loft

Talk and film clips with Ellen Cheshire

Did you know that during the first 30 years of filmmaking that there were...

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Not So Silent Women: Women behind the camera in early film

Saturday, 13th October 2018

Children’s author: Sophy Henn

10:30 AM, Shoreham Library

Duration: 1hr

Stories, draw-alongs, a book signing and a little bit of cutting and sticking with author/illustrator Sophy Henn.

There will be an...

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Children’s author: Sophy Henn

Saturday, 13th October 2018

Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster

11:00 AM, 2 different venues and times - see below

Duration: 1hr

11am-12noon Lancing Parish Hall
2-3pm Fishersgate Community Centre

Little Blue Monster Theatre

Pirate Pearl lives aboard the good ship Mirabel with her...

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Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster

Saturday, 13th October 2018

Changing Tunes: Mike Hatchard with Shoreham Singers by Sea

11:30 AM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Duration: 1hr 30mins

Jazz Breakfast favourite Mike Hatchard, talented musician, composer, author and artist, has produced some original music for this special...

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Changing Tunes: Mike Hatchard with Shoreham Singers by Sea

Saturday, 13th October 2018

Poetry from Art workshop: Keith Massey

12:00 PM, QEll room, The Shoreham Centre

Duration: 2hrs

Playwright and poet Keith Massey will lead this creative writing session, using the paintings of Patrick Burke in the Skyway...

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Poetry from Art workshop: Keith Massey

Saturday, 13th October 2018

The Two Marys: Wollstonecraft and Shelley

2:30 PM, West Street Loft

Duration: 2hrs

A talk by Janet Pressley

An illustrated talk with dramatic readings by Janet Pressley about these two remarkable, radical women –...

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The Two Marys: Wollstonecraft and Shelley

Saturday, 13th October 2018

Romeo and Juliet: Afterthought Theatre Shakespeare

7:30 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was one of his most popular works during his lifetime, and remains one of the world’s...

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Romeo and Juliet: Afterthought Theatre Shakespeare

Sunday, 14th October 2018

The Wordfest Literary Walk

10:30 AM, Meet by the lay-by on the left on the Steyning Road just before the High Trees/Bramber roundabout

Led by Madeleine Levitt

This relaxed walk along the River Adur, interspersed with readings, is the perfect opportunity to recite your...

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The Wordfest Literary Walk

Sunday, 14th October 2018

Kate Adie: Fighting on the Home Front: the legacy of women in World War I - SOLD OUT

2:00 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Duration: 1hr 30mins

When World War I broke out a generation of men went off to fight. Bestselling author Kate Adie, CBE,...

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Kate Adie: Fighting on the Home Front: the legacy of women in World War I - SOLD OUT

Sunday, 14th October 2018

Please take your feet from off our necks!

5:30 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

An entertaining anthology of song, poetry and reportage

Created and performed by Amaryllis Gunn with Libby Longhurst and Lucinda Cox 5.30pm...

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Please take your feet from off our necks!

Sunday, 14th October 2018

The Wordfest party with Old Play retro rock band

8:30 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Duration: 1hr 30mins

Join us for a fun-filled evening when you will be singing, dancing and reliving those crazy hope-filled days of the...

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The Wordfest party with Old Play retro rock band

Monday, 15th October 2018

Patrick Burke – His Life and Work

7:30 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

An evening of review and discussion about the work and life of the late, Shoreham born painter/ writer, Patrick Burke,...

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Patrick Burke – His Life and Work

Saturday, 20th October 2018

All Change for Adur: a debate & discussion

2:00 PM, The Shoreham Centre

Duration: 2hrs

It will be All Change for Adur from now into the 2030s as a result of government pressure to develop...

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Saturday, 20th October 2018

Family Art workshop @ Skyway Gallery

2:00 PM, The Shoreham Centre

Duration: 2hrs

Running in conjunction with the Patrick Burke exhibition.

After an initial tour of the exhibition, the workshop will give all ages...

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Family Art workshop @ Skyway Gallery

Saturday, 20th October 2018

A Great Calm

7:30 PM, St Mary de Haura Church

Words and music commemorating the end of the Great War 1918

Sussex Chorale – Conducted by Stuart Hutchinson

Choral music by Elgar,...

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A Great Calm

Wednesday, 24th October 2018

Renowned Irish Performance Poet: Stephen James Smith

8:00 PM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in...

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Renowned Irish Performance Poet: Stephen James Smith