About Shoreham Wordfest

Since 2011

Shoreham Wordfest has a growing reputation across the South East, supporting local creativity and attracting high profile authors and speakers to Shoreham-by-Sea.

Shoreham Wordfest has a growing reputation across the South East, supporting local creativity and attracting high profile authors and speakers to Shoreham-by-Sea.

Founded by local writers and literary enthusiast, Wordfest has featured an annual autumn festival of words and ideas since 2011.  There are now year-round events and community projects.

Shoreham Wordfest is a Community Interest Organisation, registered charity number 1163258.  The Trustees are Rosalind Turner, David Johnson, Tom Cutler and Janet Pressley.

Our patrons are the authors Simon Brett, Elly Griffiths and William Shaw, along with actress Carol Cleveland.

The programme and event organisation is delivered by a team of over 20 hard-working volunteers, and our talented contributors and technical team.

We welcome ideas, suggestions and offers of assistance. If you want to get involved please contact us

Shoreham Wordfest is a Community Interest Organisation, registered charity number 1163258.  The Trustees are Rosalind Turner, David Johnson, Tom Cutler and Janet Pressley.

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About Shoreham Wordfest Organising Group

  • Rosalind Turner, Programme Director and Trustee
  • David Johnson, Festival development and Trustee
  • Felicity Knight, Sponsorship, Distribution, Volunteer Coordination
  • Janet Pressley, Workshops, creative programming and Trustee
  • Tom Cutler, Author, workshops and Trustee
  • Marian Gerrett, Finance administration
  • Janet Behan, Playwright, actress, drama lead
  • Libby Longhurst, Celebrating Shakespeare
  • Sue Walker, Writing workshops and author development; novelist
  • Akhiles Padmajan, Website, recording and technical support

Our Volunteers

Barbara Wickens, Carol Bohannon, Chris Howitt, Christine Ient, Christy Adair, Cleo Matthews, Debbie Sharp, Dermot Boyd, Douglas Hill, Irene Hall, Janet Behan, Julie Knott, Kate Collier, Katrina Quinn, Liz Nottingham, Lynda Hill, Madeleine Levitt, Marion King, Peter Bohannon, Polly Cole, Richard Robinson, Sherron Barker, Siobhan O’Dowd, Sue Orton.

Our Partners

Adur Art Collective, Adur District Council, Arts Council England, Sussex Yacht Club, City Books, Ropetackle Arts Centre, The Shoreham Centre, Shoreham Art Gallery, Skyway Gallery, St. Mary’s Church, St. Nicolas Church.

Our Outstanding Business Sponsors

Adur District Council, Edminson Butler, Fitzhugh Gates, Green & Healthy, Hector’s Shed, Higgidy Foods, Lancing College, MoonInk, Oakley Property, Palate Bottle Shop, RR Architects, Red Lion, Sarah Doswell, Shoreham Gallery, Shoreham Osteopathy Centre, Steyning Bookshop, Suters Yard, Tap House, Western Road Garage, Wick Theatre Company

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Annual festival

Shoreham Wordfest Festival 3 -16 Oct 22

Shoreham Wordfest is a voluntary organisation and registered charity number: 1163258.