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A Weekend of Words takes place 16 – 18 October (12th October 2015)

A Weekend of Words takes place 16 – 18 October

South Shropshire Venue presents its first Literary Festival!

This October, South Shropshire’s lively arts and community centre is bringing a new weekend event to the county. Ludlow Assembly Rooms, which is situated in the heart of our beautiful town, has brought a wide variety of world leading performers and household names to its stages for over 20 years. With a mission to engage more people in the arts and the community, the Assembly Rooms is holding a weekend festival that everyone can get involved in and enjoy.

A Weekend of Words takes place 16 – 18 October, and is a celebration of language and literature with a programme of events that will be attractive to all different ages and interests. The weekend boasts traditional performances such as poetry, talks and book readings but also comedy, music and children's fun activities. This is the first festival that the Assembly Rooms has brought to the area and there are already plans to grow the festival in the years to come and make it an unmissable event for everyone's calendar.

CEO Helen Hughes says,

“We are proud to present our first festival, that we are positive will encourage people from all backgrounds and interests to the town.

“Words have the power to inspire us, make us laugh, move us to tears, change opinion and move us to action. To celebrate the variety, beauty and power of our language, we are excited to present an eclectic programme of performances, readings, workshops and events for all ages.”

Topping the Friday bill is 91 year old Holocaust survivor Zedenka Fantlova, who comes to tell her incredible story of human endurance and will power as a 17 year old young girl in the Nazi concentration camps.

As part of the weekend Guy Masterson brings Dylan Thomas’ timeless masterpiece Under Milk Wood vividly to life to mark the centenary of Wales’ greatest poet. Lord Peter Hennessy examines the pleasures and pitfalls about writing the history of one’s own time.

Saturday welcomes the first female, Scottish Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy along with professional musician, composer and actor John Sampson. Together they will present iconoclastic, profound and moving poetry, accompanied by a selection of music, with opportunities for book signings and a Q&A.

To mark Oscar Wilde's 100th birthday, Gyles Brandreth – author, broadcaster and former MP - explores the roller-coaster life of the author, who remains one of the most fascinating and extraordinary figures of the Victorian age.

Sunday brings Alan Johnson MP, Labour politician and published author, who takes to the stage in this conversation about his life and work, including his latest book Please, Mister Postman.

In addition to these special guests, families are encouraged to come along and watch stand-up with Comedy Club 4 Kids, play giant scrabble, enjoy storytelling with Sally Tonge, or get creative with Crafty Fox Arts in our collaborative piece of art!

Tickets are on sale now, and as part of the Weekend of Words guests have the opportunity to benefit from a 20% Weekend Pass discount when they buy 5 or more tickets.