Festival has put Shoreham on the cultural map, says Council Leader

Released: Wednesday, 01 September 2021

A festival that brings alive the written word and attracts a host of top authors has been praised by the leader of Adur District Council who urged people to snap up tickets while they can.

Shoreham Wordfest 2021 logo

Cllr Neil Parkin said Shoreham Wordfest had brought great prestige to the town as well as business in the 10 years of its existence and he thanked the local organisers and volunteers who had helped the festival grow to a month-long event that is now on the UK's cultural map.

The event, this year called 'Fast Forward', starts on 24th September 2021 at venues across Shoreham and the district and on live stream. Adur District Council has helped fund the festival, especially activities among schoolchildren throughout the year including visits and talks from authors.

This year the festival will be launched by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, whose No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books have sold millions around the world.

David Olusoga, the high profile social commentator and historian, is giving a talk about “The Job of a Historian.” This event is sold out but Wordfest is aiming to also live stream it so people can watch from home.

Other authors featured include William Shaw and Elly Griffiths, Sally Bayley (Girl with Dove, Radio 4's Book of the Week), and Yvonne Bailey-Smith, mother of Zadie Smith, with her first novel.

BBC Radio 6 Music's Cerys Matthews will be in conversation and the comic poet Murray Lachlan Young will be offering his humorous take on life as well as a family event of “Cautionary Tales for Children.”

The festival starts on Friday 24th September 2021 with BBC Radio 4's Any Questions - all free tickets are now taken but tens of thousands will be tuning in.

Cllr Parkin said:

“This year's programme really does have something for everyone and I urge anyone to take a look at something over the month even if they're never been before. You will get a warm welcome so snap up a ticket while you can.

“Shoreham Wordfest has helped put the town on the cultural map. There's no doubt about that and we know how important the creative industries and events are to the lifeblood of towns and cities. I wish everyone involved in Wordfest well and am sure they'll have another success on their hands.”

Wordfest's Programme Director, Rosalind Turner, said:

“This year's Fast Forward festival will take place in various venues around our lovely town, and we will also be recording and live-streaming some events.

“This means that people can participate from home as well if that is their preference. We will ensure good Covid precautions at all our events and look forward to welcoming people back to live performances.”

She thanked Adur District Council for its continued support. Last year's event was a shortened online version because of pandemic restrictions.

Full details of the programme can be found on the:

Photo: The festival will be launched by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith (Copyright Kirsty Anderson)

PR21-126 - The festival will be launched by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith (Copyright Kirsty Anderson)


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Page last updated: 23 September 2021