The festival explored all aspects of the written and spoken word through a programme of readings, interviews, lectures, exhibitions, panel discussions, performances and workshops. Events took place at Waterstones, the Castle, the Priory, the Storey, and the Library as well as at a couple of venues at the University. With the exception of the headline event everything was free.
Lecturer in Creative Writing, Tajinder Hayer, said: “The festival was a great success with people of all ages coming from all over the North West to take part and benefited enormously from the generous support of the University’s Friends Programme, the Arts Council of England, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University and Waterstones.”
Lancaster_Words included Mercury Prize-winning singer-songwriter PJ Harvey, Pulitzer Prize-winner poet Paul Muldoon, Emmy award-winning comedy writer and producer Ian Martin, Booker Prize short-listed author Carol Birch, playwright and screenwriter Daragh Carville, prize-winning fantasy author Zen Cho, Jo Baker, author of the best-selling novel Longbourn, and a host of other talented writers from around the North.
The programme was organised by the University’s Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, led by a committee chaired by John Schad, and including Tajinder Hayer as Director, George Green as Assistant Director, and Yvonne Battle-Felton as Creative Producer.
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