The LitFest and Fringe team are nursing aches, pains, and smiling faces after a busy but wonderful festival week. Last Friday night saw us split between the Greek classicism of Natalie Haynes at The Hive and the Big Fat Quiz taking place at Titania, while Saturday morning calmed things down slightly with our children’s workshop at the wonderful St John’s library.
Things wouldn’t stay quiet for long, though! Saturday night, at Worcester Arts Workshop, LitFest and friends opened their arms to some top class London talent. We had an intimate evening of poetry and performance from Robert Cole, Math Jones, and Keleigh Wolf. A fabulous evening was had by all in attendance and we left on a grand high ready for the TWO slams that we had pencilled in for the following day.
Sunday evening saw us head back to Drummonds where we kicked the evening’s events off with a Flash Fiction Slam. After three rounds of top notch flash fiction, Roz Levens was crowned our 2017 Slam Champion (!) and so we send a massive congratulations to her this morning, and a huge well done and thank you to everyone who took part.
Following this there was the annual Poetry Slam! Poets battled it out round by round but there could be only one, and this year the Slam Champ for poetry is… Mark Kilburn! Again we send Mark our sincere congratulations, and a massive thank you to everyone who took part in this event – INCLUDING Matt ‘Man’ Windle, Birmingham’s own Poet Laureate, who hosted this stellar evening for us.
Then there came the drawing of the Big Fat Raffle, and then there came the goodbyes and thank yous…
Our thank yous aren’t over quite yet, though. The morning after the week before and we as a team are feeling hugely grateful to everyone who supported us, not only for festival week, but to those who continue to support us all year round. Without you, we would have no reason to keep doing what we’re doing.
So thank you: To our wonderful and dedicated audience members; to the marvellous performers who have graced Worcester in this last week; to our kind and generous sponsors who allow us to keep the festival going; and, finally, to our committee and our volunteers, for ploughing efforts and energies into this festival, year after year.
And now, folks, we’re all going to go for a little lie down…