Carnival of Words

One of the leading literary festivals in Wales will be held again in Wrexham during 2022. The Wrexham Carnival of Words is in its eighth year and will be held at libraries and venues across the county from 23rd – 30th April.

Leading authors attending this year’s full and busy week include Mark Billingham (The Rabbit Hole), Barbara Erskine (The Dream Weavers)) Millie Johnson (The Woman in the Middle), Matthew Hall (creator of Keeping Faith – BBC TV series), Sarah Hilary (Fragile) and popular retired school inspector Gervase Phinn. Former Government Minister Alan Johnson will also be discussing his first fictional novel (The late Train to Gypsy Hill).

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There is something for everyone – from the latest crime thrillers to children’s story times plus a fascinating tale about investigating paranormal phenomena by the first Anglican deliverance minister to write about his experiences.

Fans of crime fiction won’t want to miss the ever-popular Murder Mystery at Wrexham Library when participants will test their sleuthing skills by playing detective for the evening to figure out “whodunnit?”; which will include a guest appearance by bestselling crime writer Kate Ellis.

There will be an open mic Poetry Night with Viva Voce; Welsh language events with Bethan Gwanas, Iestyn Tyne and Elan Grug Muse. Local authors will also feature, include bestselling crime writer Simon McCleave talking about his series The Snowdonia Killings; and a fascinating event with Chris Clode (Slate Quarries of North Wales).

Tickets are available from or Wrexham Library and more details can be found at

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