The Carnival of Words is a festival to promote reading and writing across the Wrexham area and its communities, regardless of age or background. The focus is very much on performance and events are organised by Wrexham Library Services in conjunction with Glyndwr University, Waterstones Wrexham and groups of local volunteers. Each day and evening of the week-long festival features “headline” writers plus a full programme of pop-up events.
When? 23rd April to Saturday 2nd May 2020
Where? Glyndŵr University (Wrexham), Coleg Cambria, Wrexham Libraries and various comunity-based venues in the Wrexham area.
Who? 2020 TBA
Festival Director? 2017 – Dylan Hughes
Festival Website? Wrexham Carnival of Words
Facebook? Wrexham Carnival of Words
Past Festivals? Established in 2015
2018 – Nicci French (Nicci Gerrard and Sean French), Vas Khan +
2017 – Joanne Harris, Alan Johnson, Lucienne Boyce, Ben Kane, Deborah Swift, Sarah Perry, Aled Lewis Evans, Barbara Erskine and a host of others, plus a Poetry Relay, Walkers’ Tales,a New Voices extravaganza, Viva Voce, the Wrexham Workers’ Poem, Elfin Bow.
2016 – Clare Mackintosh, Martin Edwards, Anthony McGowan, Marie Anne Cope, Robert Low, Anne O’Brien, Andy Seed, Lindsey Davis, Lucienne Boyce, Jasper Fforde, Aled Lewis Evans, Alison Morton, Marina Fiorato, Elizabeth Buchan, E.M. Powell. Martine Bailey and a host of others, plus a Literary Bus Tour, Poetry Relay, Images and Words exhibition, celebration of the poetry of R.S. Thomas, the Wrexham Workers’ Poem.
2015 authors – S.F. Said, Liz Lefroy, Gareth Thomas, Alan Johnson,Manda Scott, Angus Donald, James Aitcheson, Kate Ellis, Martin Edwards, Pat Bracewell