Shoreham Wordfest


Shoreham Wordfest – Fast Forward

A Celebration of Words & Ideas

24th September to 1st October 2021

Shoreham Wordfest 2021 starts on Friday 24th September with a national radio broadcast of BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? Tickets are already booked out, but it is worth tuning in for a lively discussion on air with the local audience.

Alexander McCall Smith, popular author of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is launching the main Wordfest programme at Sussex Yacht Club on 30th September, appearing live by video link from his home in Edinburgh. Environmental concerns are a major theme of the festival; there is a whole day conference on Ending The War on Nature, featuring Isabella Tree of Knepp Estate and Tony Whitbread, President of Sussex Wildlife Trust. David Olusoga, the high profile social commentator, is talking about “The Job of a Historian.” Tickets are already sold out but people can buy virtual tickets to watch live from home.

Cerys Matthews

Former Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews will be in conversation about her career and love of poetry and the comic poet Murray Lachlan Young will be offering his humorous take on life as well as a family event of “Cautionary Tales for Modern Children.” Political journalists Katy Balls (The Spectator) and Stephen Bush (New Statesman will debate contrasting visions of “Britain at The Crossroads” and former Foreign Correspondent Robin Lustig offers an international perspective in discussion with Kelly Shepherd, an expert on global aid and mediation programmes.

Murray Lachlan Young

Authors include crime writers Elly Griffiths and William Shaw, Sally Bayley (Girl with Dove, Radio 4 Book of the Week), Tom Cutler with his book Conspiracy! Also featured is Yvonne Bailey-Smith, mother of Zadie Smith, with her first novel, who will be interviewed by Brighton author Colin Grant. Jane Austen at Home is a one-woman drama taking place in the ancient St. Nicolas Church, visited by Jane Austen herself while staying in Worthing. There is mesmerising story telling by Mara Menzies and four family shows, including a children’s detective game with author Gavin Milnthorpe. There is music from Laura Ward and Risen Road, creative writing and a whole day celebration of National Poetry Day on 7th October.

Laura Ward and the Risen Road by the wonderfully talented Daniel Worth

Shoreham Wordfest’s Programme Director, Rosalind Turner said, “This year’s Fast Forward festival will take place in various venues around our lovely town. With 32 events there is something for everyone as we return to live events. We will also be recording and live-streaming some of the events which means that people can participate from wherever they live.”

Full programme details and tickets are available from

Tickets are also available 7 days a week from Shoreham Art Gallery, 27 Brunswick Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5WA.

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