The debut of the Stafford Literature Festival will take place this month

The 2022 Stafford Literature Festival is the first Stafford Litfest after Covid-19 saw the original launch canceled in 2020.

The event will see many different activities throughout the weekend from Friday May 20 to Sunday May 22.

These include a poetry slam hosted by WORD Stafford, readings from local authors and poets, children’s workshops and events, creative writing workshops and more.

Each will be held at city center venues including Stafford Library, the Old High House, Stafford Gatehouse Theater and at the University of Wolverhampton in Stafford, which is also sponsoring the event.

The Stafford Literature Festival will offer a variety of dynamic events allowing local and independent creatives to share their work alongside professionals – bringing literature to the heart of Staffordshire.

Mel Wardle Woodend said: “As Staffordshire Poet Laureate and director of Dream Well Writing – which is a small dyslexia-friendly publishing house based in Stafford – one of my greatest passions is spreading poetry in the community and to make sure it is accessible to as many people as possible.

“Having Litfest in Stafford means that all sorts of different forms of literature will come to the town, including storytelling, poetry workshops for children and adults, a poetry slam and local authors reading their own published books as well as various writing contests.

“I really feel there will be a little something for everyone to enjoy.

“Having the opportunity to enjoy literature and books goes hand in hand with nurturing good literacy skills which I believe are vital skills for children and adults to make their way in the world.

“And I’m delighted to be the Creative Director of Stafford Litfest working alongside organizations such as the University of Wolverhampton at Stafford and the Stafford Gatehouse Theater to be able to bring this to life in our city.”

For more information visit their Facebook page or pick up a copy of the events brochure from WHSmiths, Waterstones, Stafford Library, The University of Wolverhampton, The Ancient High House, The Swan Hotel, Alberts Cafe in Victoria Park and the station.

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