Town Festival Programme, October 13th-15th 2023

Below is our final programme. Please note that details are subject to change. Need a ticket? Get that here.
Options are By Day/Time, By Venue, and downloadable pdf

By Day and Time


7-8pm When the Water Turns Blue premiere of the Step Up Commission – Karin LundengårdPriory Hall

7-8pm Interweaving: Words from Other Worlds – Jason Buck, Jonathan Day, Despina Ariou – Wenlock Pottery

8-9pm Story Round – hosted by Iris Skipworth – Methodist Church – FREE

8.30-9.30pm The Real Morgana – Xanthe Gresham – Priory Hall

8.30-9.30pm Interweaving: Layers of Language – Martin Daws, Despina Ariou, Zahra Afsah – Wenlock Pottery

9pm-late Session: Tunes and Ballads with the Gawie Festival Session Band – George & Dragon (in Town Centre) – FREE

10-11pm Late Night Spooky Stories – Tom Goodale, Cath Edwards, Ronnie Conboy – meet outside church in Wilmore Street (if raining, in the Priory Hall) – FREE


10-11am Local Stories Walk – Sal Tonge and Kate Innes – meet at the Town Square (if raining, at the Methodist Church)

10-11am Poetry Breakfast – hosted by Adrian Johnson – Wenlock Pottery – FREE

10.30-11.30am Drumming Workshop, bring a drum if you can – family friendly – Priory Hall (Included with special family ticket)

11.30am-12.30pm Interweaving: The Right Word, the Right Time – Xanthe Gresham, Casey Bailey, Martin Daws – Wenlock Pottery

12-1pm Tales of Trolls! – Jason Buck – family friendly – Priory Hall (Included with special family ticket)

1-2pm The Big Draw: Unicorns – family friendly, draw a unicorn – Priory Hall (Included with special family ticket)

2-3pm Story Round – hosted by Iris Skipworth – Methodist Church – FREE

2-3pm Interweaving: Creating New Work – with the Step Up Commission crew Karin Lundengård, Amy Douglas, Shonaleigh, Amelia Armande – Wenlock Pottery

2.30-3.30pm The Three Skills of Rap Workshop – Martin Daws – family friendly – Priory Hall (Included with special family ticket)

3.30-4.30pm Interweaving: Words that Challenge – Casey Bailey, Amelia Armande, Jo Munton, Zahra Afsah – Wenlock Pottery

4-5pm Playing with Words: Stories, Songs and Games – Sal Tonge – family friendly – Priory Hall (Included with special family ticket)

4-6pm Speaking in Tongues Workshop: vocal sound effects – Jason Buck 14+ only – Methodist Church

4-7pm Session: Tunes and Ballads with the Gawie Festival Session Band – Fox Inn – FREE

4.30pm–7pm Open Session Salon: Poetry, Story, Gin hosted by Polis Loizou – Wenlock Pottery

7-8pm Eve’s Three Beautiful Daughters – Shonaleigh – Priory Hall

7-8pm Interweaving: Voices of the West Midlands and Welsh Marches – Ryan Dre Sinclair, Amy Douglas, Sal Tonge – Wenlock Pottery

8.30-9.30pm Poetry of the Vernacular [revised lineup] – Kate Innes, Martin Daws, Ryan Dre Sinclair, with Adrian Johnson – Priory Hall

8.30-9.30pm Bridget’s Sunbelt – Xanthe Gresham – Wenlock Pottery

10-11pm Late Night Comedy Stories – Jason Buck, Jo Munton, Simon Heywood – 16+ – George and Dragon (in Town Centre, back room) – FREE


9.30-10.30am Bridging our Divisions with Rhythm we Pull Together – Martin Daws – William Brookes School

10am-12pm Nature Walk on Wenlock Edge – Xanthe Gresham and Peter Carty – Leave National Trust Carpark at TF13 6AR, to walk up to Wenlock Edge

10am-11.30am Sunday Stories and Sunday Songs – hosted by Ronnie Conboy – Wenlock Pottery

10.30-11.30am Moving Stories Workshop: movement, physical theatre and dance – Simone Gilliat – Priory Hall

10.45-11.45am Out of Frame pamphlet preview – Casey Bailey – William Brookes School

11am-12pm Getting Started with Poetry Workshop – Ryan Dre Sinclair – Fire Station

12-1pm Luke Wright’s Silver Jubilee – Luke Wright – William Brookes School

12-1pm The Treasure Within: Persian Miniature Paintings – Zahra Afsah – Priory Hall

12-1pm Interweaving: Town and Country – Jon Mason plus Forging Links project – Wenlock Pottery

1.30-2.30pm Les Barker Memorial Spoken Word Slam hosted by Amelia Armande – William Brookes School – FREE

2-3pm Ragged Miser: the Crow Show – Jason Buck – Priory Hall

2-3.30pm Storytelling Workshop: the Story Seed in You – Shonaleigh – Methodist Church

2-3pm Interweaving: The Spoken Word in the age of the Tiny Screen – Luke Wright, Ryan Dre Sinclair, Amy Douglas, Karin Lundengård – Wenlock Pottery

3.30-4pm The Big Sing all welcome – Corn Exchange – FREE

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