New Words Festival announced for March

new words artWe’ve just announced plans for our first virtual book festival, happening in March and tickets are available now.

Eleven events include four poetry and fiction workshops, five author events and readings plus an extra special panel discussion. All events are online and tickets are free.

On Monday  1 March 2.30pm join Sarah Schofield at a creative writing workshop – SOLD OUT!

Sarah’s back on Thursday 4 March at 5.30pm for a second writing workshop – SOLD OUT!

On Friday 5 March at 4pm join a creative writing workshop with SJ Bradley – SOLD OUT!

Poet Martina Evans will be in conversation with poet and publisher Michael Schmidt on Monday 8 March at 7pm

On Tuesday 9 March at 7pm join poet Alan Baker for a reading and Q & A

Join a poetry workshop with Dr James Davies on Saturday 13 March at 11am

Be part of an hour or poetry and conversation with Rebecca Goss on Tuesday 16 March at 7pm

Book launch! Join Donald S Murray talking about his new novel In a Veil of Mist on Thursday 11 March at 6.30pm

Don’t miss The Brontës: Reimagined; Reappraised; Revisited with Adelle Hay and Dr Sophie Franklin on Wednesday 17 March at 6.30pm

Naomi Booth will be in conversation about her latest novel, Exit Management on Wednesday 24 March at 2pm

Castles from Cobwebs is the debut novel from J. A. Mensah and you can join her online on Friday 26 March. Check back for tickets.


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The New Words Festival celebrates North West independent publishing. Our publisher partners for the project are Manchester’s Carcanet and Comma Press, Liverpool’s Dead Ink, Salford’s Saraband and Newton Le Willow’s Knives Forks and Spoons. The project is supported by public funding from Arts Council England.

To accompany the events you can find a new collection of New Reads Festival books, all available to reserve in your local libraries and all the books are available to buy online from the publishers.