Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, this event has been cancelled. Words Weekend Artistic Director Beth Gallimore’s statement reads:
‘It is with huge sadness that we have taken the decision to cancel Words Weekend at The Lowry following the escalation of COVID-19 in Europe. Although this is an incredibly difficult decision, the health of authors and audiences must be the priority.
The cancellation of London Book Fair was an early indicator of the impact COVID-19 would have on our industry, and given the fast-changing nature of the situation, we feel we must act quickly and decisively.
All ticket holders will be contacted directly by the venue.
We will be pressing ahead with our plans for Bury St Edmunds in May, our spring 2021 festival at Sage Gateshead, and hope to plan another festival at The Lowry in the future.’
Salford’s Shelagh Delaney was a working-class 19-year-old when she wrote A Taste of Honey in 1955. Described as the most performed play written by a British woman in post-war history, the piece was the first of what became known as ‘Kitchen Sink Plays’. Delaney’s work became integral to a genre revolutionising British theatre at the time, and the rest of her career focused on social commentary and put into question, class, race, gender and sexual orientation in mid-20th-century Britain. Join historian and academic Selina Todd as she discusses her book Tastes Of Honey – The Making of Shelagh Delaney and a Cultural Revolution.