Shoreham Wordfest


Shoreham Wordfest –
Local and Live Revived

A Celebration of Local Creativity – and coming out of Lockdown!
24th May to 16th June

Local and Live is a celebration of local creativity funded by the Arts Council and produced in partnership between Shoreham Wordfest and Ropetackle Arts Centre.

This is the continuation of the festival which started in October 2020 but has paused twice due to Covid lockdowns. Wordfest are delighted to announce the rest of the programme following the government announcement that we can return to live performances from 17th May.

The festival starts with a talk by Dr Geoffrey Mead on Monday 24th May. Titled Viscounts and Chicken Stubbers, it will explain how landownership and cultivation has shaped our Sussex landscape over the centuries.

Award-winning author Colin Grant will feature some of the contributions from local people which contributed to his book, The Homecoming, Stories of the Windrush Generation. Joining him on 7th June will be performance poet, Akila Richards.

Hatful of Rain

Local trio Hatful of Rain will perform their eclectic mix of folk and Americana on Saturday May 29th, featuring lovely vocals from Chloe Overton. Up-and-coming comedian, Joshua Crisp has a humorous take on the Tales of Hercules on 27th May, and Louise Peskett will give an insight to ‘The Notorious Women of Brighton’ on 26th May.

The festival will also feature two talks in partnership with Sussex Wildlife Trust: Rewilding the Seas and What Have Plants Ever Done for us? The festival line-up is completed with a talk about poet W H Auden, an evening of Sea Shanties with Chris Hare and the Duck Pond Sailors, and finally an evening of cool jazz with Bjorn Dahlberg and Paul Richards.

Chris Hare and the Duckpond Sailors

Tickets cost £8 except the SWT talks on 25th May and 3rd June which cost £10. The Local and Live festival pass of 10 events for £60 will continue. Some events will be live streamed. Please see our website for details of the full programme and to book tickets:

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