Louth history and Golden Fables at Wolds Words Festival

THE Wolds Words literary festival runs from October 17 to 21 and promises a treasure-trove for anyone inspired by our local history.

Launching this year’s festival is a elebration of Lincolnshire, created for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad by Cultural Solutions UK, called Golden Fable’. This multimedia poetic drama includes specially-written fables by nationally respected poets and will launch Wold’s Words at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 17 at Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre.

Local journalist and author Nick Louth will be focusing on how to build a novel that is impossible to put down whilst a one-day Writer’s Retreat focusing on Love Stories will be led by international award-winning writer Paul Sutherland.

To get expert guidance on how to get your work published once your bestseller is complete, why not go along to How to Get Published with Dr Alison Baverstock, former publisher and now course leader for the MA in Publishing at Kingston University.

Offering a more down-to-earth perspective on our countryside, BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Alan Stennett gives an illustrated talk on100 Years of Lincolnshire Farming.

For those who prefer to talk their Lincolnshire tongue, Far Welter’d (East Lincolnshire Dialect Society) present their annual evening of ‘hentertayunment’ with a Lincolnshire buffet at the King’s Head Hotel.

Event organisers couldn’t let Charles Dickens’ Bicentenary year go unmarked and a special Dickens evening will take place at Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre.

Author Lynn Shepherd will talk about her approach to writing Tom-All-Alone’s, based on arguably the first English detective story, Bleak House.

This is followed after the interval by Fagin’s Last Hour a captivating one-man-show based on the novel Oliver Twist. A special combined ticket offer ensures this is an un-missable night out.

Narrowing the field a little, there is plenty to discover about the town of Louth.

The Ants & Nats annual Wallis Lecture entitled by Fowler of Louth, David Robinson OBE will explore the impact of prolific local Victorian architect James Fowler.

Why not follow this up with the Louth History Walk? And if you’re ready to sit-down again, Dr Tom Green will captivate you with an in-depth illustrated talk about the ‘History of Louth’ transforming the archaeological record into captivating local gossip!

Local group Lindsey Scribes celebrate the art of the written word in their calligraphy exhibition In Other Words and demonstrations of Roundhand and Italic lettering. Come try your hand at ‘Japanese Bookbinding’ or the art of creating beautiful ‘Handmade Paper’.

To get full details of these and more Wolds Words events and find out how to book tickets, go to the festival website www.woldswords.org.uk. Alternatively pick up a copy of the Wolds Words brochure from festival venues, libraries and local shops.