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If you love words, you’ll love Warwick Words! The first Festival of Literature and Spoken Word to be held in Warwick was the Warwick Literary Weekend in 2002 and the title soon became the more memorable Warwick Words.
Warwick has literary connections with figures such as Tolkien, who was married in the Catholic church in West Street; Philip Larkin, whose parents moved from Coventry to a house in Coten End during the Second World War, just as Philip left Oxford University and was working in the council offices in town prior to becoming a librarian and embarking on a literary career; and Walter Savage Landor, poet and prose writer, who was born in a house in Smith Street, Warwick in 1775 and whose friends included Dickens, Carlyle, Browning and Emerson.
Many well-known figures have contributed to the Festivals over the years. These include Beryl Bainbridge, Tony Benn and Roy Bailey (2002); Jenny Pitman and Sir John Mortimer (2003); Christopher Booker and Clare Morrall (2004); Ned Sherrin, Alan Sillitoe and Andrew Davies (2005). In the field of children’s literature and illustration, visitors have included Jacqueline Wilson, Celia Rees, Philippa Pearce, Justin Richards and Tony Ross.
Warwick Words - Festival of Literature and the Spoken Word
The Court House
Warwickshire CV34 4EW
+44 (0) 7944 768607
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