Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe invites YOU to the launch of this year’s Young Writer Anthology!

YW Launch 17

Hardly a week goes by without something exciting happening here at Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe, and this weekend we’re delighted to be launching this year’s Young Writer Anthology, published by Worcester’s own Black Pear Press.

The event will take place this weekend (November 19th) at Titania, Security House, in Worcester. Doors will open at 3:30pm for a 4:00pm start, and the event itself will be made up of readings from the anthology. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear a new wave of writing voices, picked from our very own county – AND you can grab yourselves a copy of the anthology while you’re there.

Excellent readings, light refreshments, and an afternoon of stellar entertainment to break up a gloomy November weekend; this is definitely one for the calendar!

For further information about the launch, or any other LitFest and Fringe events, please email Charley at: secretary@worcslitfest.co.uk.


Remembrance Anthology goes LIVE today!


Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Nina Lewis, recently put out an open call for your Remembrance poems, with the intention of publishing an online anthology of the successful submissions. Now, in a record turnaround time, the lucky pieces have been picked by our own lady Laureate and they are now available to view online here:


The submissions flooded in from all around the world and Nina has done her absolute best to read through them and judge them fairly, resulting in a stellar collection of work. Do have a read, and share if you can, to help us celebrate this special occasion in the historical calendar.

Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe invites you to the Flash Fiction Anthology Launch 2017!


The Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe team would like to officially invite you – yes, you, you lovely thing – to the launch of this year’s Flash Fiction Anthology, titled Wired. The anthology follows our annual Flash Fiction competition and so you can rest assured that it is PACKED with some of the best flash authors in Worcestershire – AND it will be on sale at the launch event itself, so what better time to grab yourself a copy?

The launch will take place on November 12th – just one week away – at Drummonds bar. The doors will open at 3:30pm for a 4:00pm start, with several readings set to take place over the course of the afternoon.

Organised by Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe, sponsored by Andrew Grant, and published by Black Pear Press, the competition and anthology is a labour of love held together by so many individuals. Please do come along to celebrate their efforts, and the efforts of the marvellous writers who have submitted to this publication.

For further information on the launch event itself please contact the Festival Secretary via email: charley@worcslitfest.co.uk.




Worcestershire Poet Laureate plans poetic tribute this Remembrance Day!


Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Nina Lewis, is opening her email inbox once again for another round of poetry submissions. This time our Laureate would like to use poetry as a means to pay tribute to fallen soldiers this Remembrance Day, and that’s where you come in…

Nina is looking for poems of no more than 40 lines in length; you are welcome to submit between 1 and 3 pieces for consideration. Please DO NOT send something that has already been published elsewhere. All poems must be on or around the theme of war, relating to either WWI or WWII. All submissions should be sent in the body of an email to worcspl@gmail.com. The deadline for this is November 10th, 2017.

Due to the fast turn around of this project, successful submissions will be notified by receiving a link to their published work. Successful submissions will be made available in an online collection, to be published on November 12th.

You can find full details of the collection – including some pictured writing prompts – over on Nina’s blog by clicking here: https://worcestershirepoetlaureateninalewis.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/remembrance-poetry-open-submissions/

Worcestershire Poet Laureate wants YOUR writing this Halloween!

Halloween Prose Poetry

Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Nina Lewis, has put out an open call for all things gruesome and ghoulish this Halloween, and she is asking for your best poetry or prose, written in celebration of this spooky holiday.

The deadline for this open call is October 30th, and Nina will announce the poets chosen in time for your Halloween celebrations!

All submissions should be sent in the body of an email to worcspl@gmail.com. Please send a maximum of THREE pieces of work in your email; each poem should be NO MORE than 40 lines and each piece of prose NO MORE than 1000 words. All work must be unpublished, too.

For further information on this – and a general catch up with our lovely laureate – you can find Nina’s personal blog here: https://worcestershirepoetlaureateninalewis.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/wanted-halloween-poems/


Worcester Poet Laureate prepares for spooky Halloween Workshop!

LitFest Halloween 2017 poster (1)

On October 28th, at St John’s Library, Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe will be running a drop-in afternoon packed with workshops, story-telling, and Halloween-themed mayhem – and we want YOU to come along and celebrate with us.

Nina Lewis, Worcester’s very own Poet Laureate, will be attendance and from 2 – 3:30pm Nina will be running a workshop for your little ghouls and goblins (read: children) to enjoy. Nina will run a variety of activities and readings during this time, including: drawing and colouring in response to a poem, creating our own cut up poems and Halloween-themed acrostic poems, as well as listening to some fun Halloween poetry and more.

The event is catered to 5 – 9 year olds, but younger attendees are welcome, too! There will be colouring and pumpkin carving aplenty so there’s enough fun to go around, no matter the age range.

The LitFest team will be at the library from 1pm onward so, if you’re in the area and up for some spooky fun, pop your head in and say hello to us all – and do spread the word!

For further information on this event please contact Festival Secretary Charley Barnes, at: charley@worcslitfest.co.uk.