Footbridge inspires theme for Wordfest

Only Connect is the theme for this year's Shoreham WordFest, inspired by the opening of the new footbridge
Only Connect is the theme for this year's Shoreham WordFest, inspired by the opening of the new footbridge

THE new footbridge has inspired the theme of this year’s Shoreham Wordfest, which launches next week.

Only Connect will be the theme for the 2013 Wordfest, using EM Forster’s famous words from his novel, Howards End.

The festival will run from September 26 until October 6 and brochures will be handed out at Shoreham Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

Tickets go on sale next week, for a host of music, plays, readings, talks, and topics to suit everyone.

Rosalind Turner said: “It will be stunning.

“There will be writing workshops, walks and talks, children and family activities, and so much more, including, new this year, a cookery talk and a graphic novel workshop.

“Supported by Adur District Council and West Sussex County Council, Shoreham WordFest aims to inspire and involve everyone, keeping prices low with some free events.”

Highlights include author Simon Brett speaking at the launch dinner in Shoreham Airport and Carol Cleveland, the seventh and only female from Monty Python, performing War Baby at West Street Loft on September 28.

Tales of Evelyn Waugh’s school days at Lancing College will be revealed on September 27, illustrated with readings from his novels. Refreshments will be available, along with a display of archive material about Lancing in Waugh’s time.

Historical novelist Sarah Sheridan, best-selling author of the Mirabelle Bevan mystery series, set in Brighton, will be at the Ropetackle Arts Centre with Shoreham crime writer Sue Walker on September 28.

Their conversation will cover the inspiration for their writing, why a Scot writes about Brighton and why an expat Scot based on the south coast writes about Scotland.

Sara will also be running a literary bootcamp earlier in the day, offering diagnostic tools for fledgling writers.

Look Stranger, at the Ropetackle on September 29, features Ruthie Culver and Utter Jazz with Benjamin Britten songs and readings of WH Auden’s poetry, read by actors Simon Russell Beale, Roger Lloyd Pack or Alex Jennings.

Visit the website or call 07522 957691 for more information.