Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways comes to Grimley!

Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways – written and performed by Heather Wastie and Kate Saffin – is making an appearance in Grimley this week, and this is certainly an event for the diary.

The performance itself is made up of poetry, music, and theatre which aims to take audience members a step back in time. Travelling back to World War II, Idle Women – the nickname given to women who took on the challenge of manning narrowboats – will take us on a historical journey that will introduce an altogether new type of worker. These so-called Idle Women took on the task of managing two 72ft narrowboats and a staggering 55 tons of cargo…

Heather Wastie and Kate Saffin are here to ensure that the story of Idle Women does not go untold!

The event will be made up of Wastie’s Idle Women and Judies alongside Saffin’s Isobel’s War, and can be found in the garden of the Camp House Inn, in Grimley (WR2 6LX), on Wednesday September 7th, starting at 7:30pm.

Further information can be found here:



Introducing: Poetry on Demand!

LitFest POD poster

Worcester LitFest and Fringe are delighted to introduce a new event in Worcester! This Saturday – August 27th – we will be bringing Poetry on Demand to Worcester City Centre, and we’re hoping to see as many of you there as possible.

From 11am to 3pm local poets, and members of the LitFest and Fringe committee, will be on-hand at the Bookbenches in Chapel Walk, CrownGate, to pen poetry on tap – no pressure! The idea is that you – yes, you, anyone reading – can come along and have a sit down natter with one of our poets and after you’ve had a little catch up with them, they will then write a poem about you – or about a topic of your choosing, if you’d prefer (as long as you promise to not be too mean to them).

There will be face-painting happening nearby as well, so this is a brilliant bit of a fun for your Saturday, especially if you have little ones along for a day out.

So this weekend, come and see us, have a natter, and leave with a lovingly-crafted poem that’s yours to keep!

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The Lacuna Launch Is Finally Here!

If you are based in or around the Worcestershire area then it can’t have escaped your attention that Worcester-based poet Kieran Davis is about to launch his debut poetry collection, Lacuna. Kieran is an active member of the performance poetry/spoken word scene around the county and he has, this year in particular, worked tirelessly to help out with Worcester LitFest and Fringe, leading to his new status as a fully fledged committee member.

Tomorrow – August 14th – Kieran’s work will finally pay off with the official launch of Lacuna, taking places at Drummonds in Worcester City Centre. Full details can be found on the flyer below and it really would be wonderful to see a healthy turn out for one of Worcester’s most prolific poets of the moment.

Kieran, we wish you all the best!


New Secretary

We are delighted to announce that Charley Barnes has taken on the role of Secretary for LitFest. Charley brings her many and various talents to bear on programming, and the website, as well as the more traditional aspects of secretarial duties.

Polly Stretton, who has been our secretary for the past four years, will focus on the LitFest competition co-ordinator role in addition to being one of the directors of LitFest.

We wish both Charley and Polly good luck in these essential areas.

LitFest Slam Champions

We’re pleased to announce the two new Slam Champions, Charley Barnes, Poetry Slam Champ, and Alan Durham, Flash Fiction Champ. Well done and congratulations to both and thank you to all who took part, we had an excellent end of fest party. Good news also for all of the Big Fat Raffle winners, a huge selection of prizes donated by businesses around Worcester – many thanks to them for their support of LitFest.

Charley Barnes with her Poetry Slam trophy and Alan Durham delivering his final Flash Fiction. Our two slam winners for 2016.

Rubber Sword Won By Kieran Davis!

This prestigious literary prize was forged by the dwarves of Poundsaver and presented to the funniest performer at Rubber Swordplay: Kieran Davis, better known as baldypoems

The event was hosted to much hilarity by local charlatan Tony Judge.

Congratulations Kieran.

Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2016/2017

Excellent news!

Suz Winspear - Worcestershire Poet Laureate 1026-2017

Suz Winspear reads her winning poem for the Worcestershire Poet Laureate competition

Following a close fought battle, our congratulations go to Suz Winspear, the new Worcestershire Poet Laureate. Further, it was announced on Saturday that Suz is also the Poet In Residence for the Museum of Royal Worcester, and, as if that were not enough, Suz took the runner up slot in the LitFest Flash Fiction competition!

Suz Winspear with Caroline Engevi - Poet in Residence

Caroline Engevi with Suz Winspear, the newly appointed Poet In Residence at The Museum of Royal Worcester