A twist on the usual literature festival, Altrincham Word Fest is back for a second year to kindle your own creativity by inviting some of the North West’s most talented writers to share their secrets to success in a series of hands-on workshops and events.
Organisers Anne Earley, an events manager and marketeer, and Yoko Isami, a printmaker and artist, invite along authors to encourage attendees to read, but they also invite along authors to encourage attendees to write.
Helping people put pen to paper last year were the likes of playwright Sarah Cassidy, author Paul Carroll, creative non-fiction expert Kate Feld, lifestyle blogger Pamela Higgins, women’s life coach and content creator Kat Horrocks, and poet Seamus Kelly.
Back this year, we hear, is David Gaffney, ‘Godfather of Flash Fiction’ and prolific writer – with four short story collections, two novels (and counting) and a graphic novel, The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head, the sequel to which will be out with Top Shelf soon – providing plenty of inspiration for participants to come up with a ‘Sawn-off Tale’ of 150 words.
He’s joined on the line-up by Tom Jenks, a prolific writer of experimental poetry and prose, and a regular on the Manchester spoken word scene for many years (including as one-third of The Other Room and as a co-promoter of the Enemies Project North by North West Poetry Tour performances). Pencil in Thursday 16 May, 7pm – save the date…
We’ll bring you more as details of the programme are released – watch this space!