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The 2024 Wrexham Carnival of Words

One of Wales’ leading literary festivals is holding a number of pre-launch events this month to celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

The yearly programme for Wrexham’s Carnival of Words kicks off this month to showcase a diverse range of authors and talent from the area.

“Yer Ower Voices”

February 21st featured a special event at Wrexham Library, “Yer Ower Voices”. It celebrated the launch of a new collection of dialect poetry in English and Welsh. The event featured local poets Aled Lewis Evans and Sara Louise Wheeler who read their new work. Other poets also joined them to read their work aloud.

2024 Wrexham Carnival of Words logo

Dylan Hughes, the director of the festival, said: “This year’s Carnival of Words is back with a bang. There is an exciting and varied programme of events. “We hope that local book lovers and reading fans will join us to meet the wonderful authors in our programme”. ‘Yer Ower Voices’ is one of a number of lead-up events to the festival. The festival will take place from the 20th to the 27th of April and feature a range of local authors, poets, puzzles and workshops.

Simon McCleave

Among the many authors highlighting the carnival will be the Sunday Times bestselling author Catherine Isaac, Joanne Harris, Katy Wilson and also local author Simon McCleave, whose latest crime thriller, The Wrexham Killings, will headline the festival. Back by popular demand will be the award-winning author of Map Addict and On the Red Hill, Mike Parker.

Catherine Isaac

Recently, Mike walked the length of the Wales border, a journey described in his novel, All the Wide Border. He will be talking about how his work relates to, and is inspired by, Wales. Local writers and budding authors will also be able to attend a free event to meet other local authors, poets, bloggers , journalists and songwriters and participate in the active panel sessions Stories from Wonderland and From Twilight to Star Wars. There will even be a readathon by book lovers of Victor Hugo’s classic novel Les Miserables.

Simon McCleave

From Page to Stage

Other hand-picked events will include an interactive Murder Mystery with bestselling crime author Vaseem Khan, featuring a script written by local authors, a readathon, a children’s reading festival, and a live performance from Theatr Clwyd: From Page to Stage. Tickets for individual events are now available on wrexhamcarnivalofwords.com. Tickets for the entire week are also available now at an ‘early bird’ price of £35 until the end of March.

Vaseem Khan

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