Wordstock is back! 21st October 2023

26 Wordstock returns on Saturday 21st October in Conway Hall Library and tickets are available now! For those new to 26, Wordstock is our annual event (part inspiration, part celebration) for anyone, from any field, who loves words and writing.

This year, we’ve partnered with the Bloomsbury Festival and the Wildlife Trusts to bring you three-and-a-half hours of conversation, writing, and sharing, all built around the festival’s 2023 theme: “Grow”. 

How do words grow with us, and how do they help us to not only grow, but notice the growth and the change taking place in and around us?

What to expect on the day:

2:00pm – Welcome

Neil Baker, our host for the afternoon, introduces the event and warms up our brains and our pens.

2:15pm – Alastair Creamer and Nicolas Laborie: Noticing Growth

Alastair Creamer and Nicolas Laborie lead a session of writing and sharing, and invite us to take greater notice of the world around us and the moments that we let slip away.

3:00pm – Jacob Sam-La Rose

Jacob Sam-La Rose reads poetry that celebrates and interrogates the notion of Growth in various forms – in the natural world, in ourselves, and in the society around us.

3:20pm – Tea Break

3:40pm – The New Bloomsbury Set

The New Bloomsbury Set, a group of young creatives, discuss their writing and their research into (and discovery of) their local area.

4:15pm – Collaborative Writing Session with Neil Baker

4:50pm – 26 Plants: Reading and Discussion

A selection of writers from this summer’s 26 Plants project read out their work and discuss the meanings and journeys behind it.

5:10pm – The Wildlife Trusts: Growth is in our Nature

Kaye Brennan and a panel of speakers from the Wildlife Trusts turn our focus outwards to think about the future, and about what our writing can change when we choose to let it.

5:30pm – Close and Food for Thought

Lydia Thornley presents her artistic response to the day (created across the afternoon) and Neil asks us to reflect and make a (personal) pledge.

Learn more and buy your tickets (£10-12) here.

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