Organisers of the popular Wrexham Carnival of Words are pleased to announce that this year’s Carnival will begin on Thursday, 23 April and continues until Saturday, May 2.

Now in its sixth year the Carnival takes placed at venues across the town centre and is one of the leading literary festivals in Wales.

Literary carnivals like this one offer the chance to meet your book idols, hear them read, get your books signed and mingle with fellow readers.


Opening the programme is award winning crimes series author Jim Kelly which will be followed by a parade of youngsters through the town to celebrate World Book Night.

Elizabeth Chadwick (The Irish Princess), Amanda Prowse and her son Josh (The Boy Between), Matt Hilton (Rough Justice), Neil Spring (The Burning House), plus the BBC One Show’s resident scientist Marty Jopson will take us to ‘Invisible Worlds’ in this thrilling programme.

“Carnival of Words also features local and popular musician Luke Galllagher”

This year’s Carnival of Words also features local and popular musician Luke Galllagher. During his eight years of gigging and recording Luke has drawn inspiration from the people he knows, the people he meets and the stories he hears. For this very special evening you can hear first-hand the stories behind his songs – and hear some of those songs from a whole new perspective!

New to the festival will be a History Day comprising six events including bestselling authors Barbra Erskine and Peter Doyle, military re-enactments, question times and much more!

Poetry will also feature in this year’s programme including the return of Viva Voce open mic night.

Fans of crime fiction won’t want to miss the ever-popular Murder Mystery at Wrexham Library written by bestselling author Kate Ellis.

And back by popular demand is Welsh language author Aled Lewis Evans talks about his latest book.

The Festival of Words ends with Mother and son Amanda and Josh Prowse who tell their heart-breaking yet uplifting story of a man’s journey into mental illness from smart, funny teenager embarking on university life to a boy on the edge who planned when and how to take his own life.

There’s lots more going on during the Festival so why not take a look at the whole programme which can be picked up at local libraries, community venues and other locations or you can view the programme here.

Tickets for all events are available online ( ) or from Wrexham Library.

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