In this year’s festival of words, we look back at the impact of the radical writers, artists and thinkers who lived in Sussex in the early 20th Century, who were so influential on what is known as ‘Modernism’.
We also look at Sussex Moderns now; new writing, new thinking and how to make sense of a challenging and changing world. Both then and now, the land and seascape around us provides an important inspiration and refuge.
Our seventh Shoreham Wordfest starts on Thursday 28 September at Skyway Gallery with broadcaster and author Peter Owen-Jones. Throughout Wordfest we have an exhibition at Skyway Gallery of photographs from Farley Arts Trust featuring many of the writers, artists and characters who lived in, or visited, Sussex during this explosion of modernist art. We have a play about the life of Lee Miller, and a special Wordfest tour of Farley Farm, a centre for the arts in Sussex.
We feature new writers and writing opportunities, and a debate with political commentator Rafael Behr on how to negotiate the complex blurring of fact and fiction in the news.
For children and families there is a Michael Morpurgo play and a story telling session. The Cabaret des Noctambules will be a riotous evening of fun. We have a new, improved Poetry and Short Story Slam, and our last event on Thursday 19 October is a cracking evening with Attila the Stockbroker and Murray Lachlan Young.
A great feast of readings, talks, walks, song and fun awaits.
For more information on our events please see our website: www.shorehamwordfest.com
Tickets are available from Ropetackle Arts Centre. To book go to: ropetacklecentre.co.uk/wordfest or call into the Ropetackle box office on Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea.