A highly entertaining programme has been put together for one of Wales’ premier literary festivals. The Wrexham Carnival of Words is now in its 7th year and has become a fixture in the literary calendar in Wales and the borderlands attracting a broad range of well-known authors. This year the festival, being held between 17-24 April, will be even more accessible with events being broadcast online on the Carnival of Words’ own You Tube channel.

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Among the many authors highlighting the 2021 Carnival will be Michael Morpurgo, the hugely respected author of War Horse, in conversation with Vicki Berwick about the dramatic adaptation of his latest children’s novel The Mozart Question.

Also appearing this year will be enthralling crime writer Clare Mackintosh, queen of the time-shift genre Barbara Erskine, historical fiction giant Elizabeth Buchan, and the master of the psychological thriller Neil Spring. Amanda Prowse will be joined by her son Josiah to discuss her latest best-seller The Boy Between.

Poetry, music, history, mythology, crime, and humour will all feature in the virtual Carnival and there will be workshops for local writers. Both Elen Caldecott and Hayley Long will be at this year’s Carnival discussing their books for young adults.

Popular local poet and author Aled Lewis Evans will be reading extracts from his latest Welsh-language book Tre Terfyn (Border Town). Local poets will also be taking part in the open mic Viva Voce, hosted by Paul Clifton, whilst renowned local musician Luke Gallagher will be sharing the stories behind his songs giving fans a whole new perspective on those songs.

Local writers and budding authors will be able to attend a range of workshops to help them improve their creative writing including tips on how to get published, how to write for children, how to promote your book and how to publish an e-book.

The week of events will kick off with a local history day featuring Peter Evans, author of Resurrection River tracing the history of the river Alun, Peter Doyle re-telling the story of Percy, a young man from Cefn Mawr who fought and died in the First World War, and former National Librarian Andrew Green reflecting on Wales in a Hundred Objects.

Festival Director Dylan Hughes has said: “this year’s Carnival is back with a bang with an exciting and varied programme of events. We hope that, in these exceptional times, the Carnival of Words will bring some entertaining literature to local people in their homes”.

The programme of events is at www.wrexhamcarnivalofwords.com

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