Poets, authors and musicians to take centre stage at Wymondham literary festival

Novelist Rose Tremain reads from her new book during the Wymondham Words festival with organiser George Szirtes. Photograph Simon Parker

Novelist Rose Tremain reads from her new book during the Wymondham Words festival with organiser George Szirtes. Photograph Simon Parker


Organisers of a literary festival in south Norfolk are preparing for its fourth return – with spooky stories and war tales on the agenda.

The week-long Wymondham Words festival will revisit the market town from September 19 to 27.

The popular event promises a busy line-up, with varied events at venues including the Wymondham Regal Cinema, Fairland Church, the library, Wymondham Baptist Church and Number 24 restaurant.

Award-winning poet Pascale Petit will make her debut at the festival, with fellow poets Joanna Guthrie, Richard Lambert and Laura Scott joining him on stage.

Novelist Meike Ziervogel will talk about her portrayal of Magda Goebbels, the wife of Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

Moniza Alvi, co-director of the festival, said that the festival will be “especially exciting” this year and added that there will be something for everyone.

“We were delighted by the support for last year’s festival, and this year we look forward to welcoming authors and audiences alike. Do come along and join us this September,” she said.

Festival patron and prize-winning international poet George Szirtes will be the guest speaker at a Literary Lunch at the Number 24 restaurant.

Other events include the Words and Women event, which celebrates female writers in the region, ghost stories from Robert Lloyd Parry and a host of events for youngsters.

Event times and ticket prices vary. For a full run down, visit

Tickets are on sale at Kett’s Books in Whartons Court.

Do you have a Wymondham story for us? Contact reporter Lauren Cope at or 07584 311473.


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