Wellington Literary Festival

Wellington Town Council, through its Festival Committee are delighted to present another three week programme of events for October 2015.

Who will need to be reminded that there were National and Local elections this year with surprising results? They have inspired our headline speaker, Polly Toynbee, the nationally famous journalist to present her talk ‘Cameron’s Coup’. She will be appearing at Wrekin College on Saturday 17th October at 7.30pm.

The Committee have also arranged contributions to celebrate other literary and historic events with the return of Concert Trio In Voice and Verse with ‘Rule Britannia’ as well as a dramatic presentation by Colin Pinney of ‘Yeats and Maude Gonne’.

A major highlight of this year’s programme is our guest Tom Watt who was the ghost writer for David Beckham’s biography. He is also an actor, broadcaster and film maker.

Hoping to appeal to the younger audience is Kurly McGeachie, a Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist who makes poetry fun by combining music and rap. All are welcome ….especially if you think poetry is boring!

A new venture this year is an amateur photography competition entitled ‘Wild Shropshire’. Entries will be displayed and judged at Mark Sisson’s event on Tuesday 20th October where, back by demand, he will be speaking about his book, published in 2012 for the Golden Jubilee of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust ’Wild Shropshire’.

Many events will be held at the popular venue of the Wellington Library. This is a venue that is highly praised by our speakers and popular with you, our audience. The usual ‘Meet the Author’ event’s will be held there on Saturday’s 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th October.

The book chosen for the ‘BIG Read’ is the Wordsworth Classic ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass’ by Lewis Carroll. FREE copies will be distributed in the Market Square at the launch of the festival on Saturday 29th August. Several discussion groups will be hosted in popular cafes and bars where you can come and share your thoughts about this children’s and adult’s classic. The Clifton and the Belfry Arts Groups have already been inspired by this inclusion.

This festival is for keen readers, budding poets, authors, novelists and journalists – come along and enjoy the events in Wellington. All are FREE of charge, thanks to the generosity of Wellington Town Council and their loyal supporters