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.’
It was the backbone of our post-war greatness and it promoted some of the boldest and most brilliant schemes this isle has ever produced: it was the Welfare State. For Words Weekend, writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie tells Britain’s Welfare State story through his own history of growing up as a Northern working-class boy. Stuart looks toward Britain’s future, making an emotional case for believing in more than profit and loss and championing a just, fairer society. Where do you stand?