At the open meeting at St Swithun’s Institute we announced that the vote for a new name has given us ‘Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe’ by a good-sized margin. It was great to see so many interested and interesting people join us to share their views on the future of our not for profit organisation.
We’re working to promote literature by connecting writers, readers and the wider community in Worcestershire. We’re planning to continue to encompass:
- Spoken word performances
- Poetry slams
- Schools and children’s events and activities
- Music that tells a story
and our audience asked us for:
- Women’s Fiction / Romance Panel
- Worcester Weeks
- Radio broadcasts
- Street poetry and prose
We will develop and support a wide range of literary activities and events, encompassing different venues in the county including St Swithun’s Institute, The University of Worcester, Worcester Arts Workshop, The Guildhall in Worcester and many more. We also have many schools in Worcestershire who want to take part and participate in Festival and Fringe events on an ongoing basis.
We are currently updating a number of key strategic partnerships with local and regional organisations, publishers and other organisations such as The Hive, University of Worcester, Worcestershire County Council, Worcester City Council, Apples & Snakes, Arts Council West Midlands. We wish to enhance these relationships and develop many more over the coming months.
Please wish your Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe committee the best of luck – we wish you the same and look forward to seeing you at our next open meeting.
Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2013-2014 is Tim Cranmore – he said he was ‘slightly boggled’ when he won the competition.
and our Poet Emeritus (last year’s Poet Laureate) is Maggie Doyle – you can hear Maggie on Tammy Gooding’s radio show on BBC Hereford and Worcester on Friday afternoons.