THE broadcasters Dame Jenni Murray and Kate Adie are headlining this year’s Wordfest 2018, Shoreham-by-Sea’s celebration of words and ideas.
Dame Jenni, who presents BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, will be talking about her latest book, A History of the World in 21 Women, and bestselling author Ms Adie, the former BBC chief news correspondent, will discuss her book Fighting on the Home Front, which charts the move towards equal rights with men that began a century ago and asks what these women achieved for future generations.
The programme of Wordfest, which has 35 events during its run until October 20, reflects the festival’s theme, All Change, which explores the seismic changes to society and the arts flowing from the end of World War One and the signing of the Armistice as well as the artistic, cultural and societal changes for women then and now.
Anglican priest, author and television presenter Peter Owen-Jones returns to the festival for a musing on environmental change and our response to it, while Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan shares his humorous and witty take on life and all that it throws at us.
There is drama about the lost days when Agatha Christie went missing, and Brighton Shakespeare Company perform the classic tale of love and loss Romeo and Juliet.
Among the talks, events, books, films, music and poetry is the launch of Attila the Stockbroker’s new album and two firebrand performance poets, Greg Byron and Steven James-Smith.
Skyway Gallery has an exhibition throughout Wordfest showcasing Shoreham-born painter Patrick Burke, with various linked art and words projects. Antony Penrose is bringing Portrait of a Space, a dramatic interpretation of the life of his father, the surrealist artist Roland Penrose.
There is also family fun, with children’s theatre shows, picture books and creative writing.
The festival closes with A Great Calm, a moving commemorative concert of music, song and poetry marking the end of the four First World War centenary years.
Shoreham Wordfest 2018 runs until October 20. Events take place at a variety of venues in Shoreham-by-Sea including the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Little High Street, St Mary de Haura Church in Church Street and The Shoreham Centre in Pond Road. Visit shorehamwordfest.com.
Above: Dame Jenni Murray
Above: Kate Adie
Below: Peter Owen-Jones
Above: Ian McMillan
Below: Attila the Stockbroker
Above: Steven James-Smith