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Lancaster Words Festival

Lancaster Words is a biannual festival which celebrates the written and spoken word.

In 2017, the Department launched the first Lancaster Words Literary Festival: an event that featured appearances by writers and artists such as PJ Harvey, Yvonne Battle-Felton and Paul Muldoon in a range of venues around the campus and the city. It also featured student-led activity such as the Telling in Full exhibition (a student-curated exhibition of art inspired by the written word). The 2019 iteration saw us welcome Zaffar Kunial, Lennie Sanders and Cat Woodward to Lancaster.

Our next in-person version of the Festival will be taking place 26th July – 2nd July 2022. It sees the Festival switch to an annual format. Students will come together to celebrate the end of the year and promote their own work through events such as the launch of that year’s Creative Writing MA Anthology. As well as workshops and readings from established writers, students will have the opportunity to produce their own literary events.

The 2022 Lancaster Playwriting Prize will be focussed on discovering school-aged playwrights in the North West. Check here and on Departmental social media for further information later in the year.

Anyone interested in being involved in Lancaster Words 2022 should email Dr Taj Hayer at t.hayer@lancaster.ac.uk.