Wrexham Carnival of Words
22-29 April 2023

Hand picked authors, poets and workshops for your literary delight.

2023 Events

Welcome to our 2023 events, which includes Author Talks, Story Telling, Poetry, Writer’s Carousel and the Murder Mystery

Harriet Tyce

Harriet Tyce

Wednesday 29 March, 7.00pm Wrexham Library £8  Come and meet Harriet Tyce, the author of psychological thrillers Blood Orange, The Lies You Told and her latest bestseller It Ends at Midnight. After a decade as a criminal barrister, she turned to fulltime writing and...

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Big Stories with Elen Caldecott

Big Stories with Elen Caldecott

Join this writing workshop for an exciting opportunity to see your work in print. Elen Caldecott is a children’s author, a lecturer in Creative Writing and a Patron of Wrexham’s Carnival of Words. In this 90-minute session, she will encourage participants to begin...

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Peter Read – Hollywood to Wrexham

Peter Read – Hollywood to Wrexham

Monday, 24 April, 7.00pm Wrexham Library £6  From Hollywood to Wrexham is the title of local writer Peter Read’s forthcoming book about Wrexham AFC’s first seasons under the control of new owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenny. So, here’s an opportunity for a sneak...

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Storytelling for Families

Storytelling for Families

Saturday 22 April, 10.00am – 1.00pm Wrexham Library Free [ticket required]  Bring the whole family along for this opening day of the Carnival - great storytelling of every sort and fun for everyone. The fabulous Signing Sensations will perform their own inimitable...

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Wrexham Revealed

Wrexham Revealed

Wednesday, 26 April, 2.00pm Wrexham Library free    Our very own Dave McCall (author David Ebsworth) talks about the new guidebook written specifically for visitors wanting to take self-guided tours of Wrexham’s fascinating history, with twenty not-to-be-missed...

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Charles Dickens Readathon

Charles Dickens Readathon

Saturday 22 April, 5.30pm Wrexham Library FREE  Following the success of last year's classic readathon the readers of Wrexham will be diving into a new book challenge in 2023 – Charles Dickens’s second-longest book, Bleak House. Join us for a fun discussion about this...

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Murder Mystery – The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves

Murder Mystery – The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves

Wednesday, 26 April, 7.00pm Wrexham Library £8  Put your sleuthing skills to the test and experience what it’s like to investigate the most serious of crimes at our popular nail-biting Murder Mystery evening.  Join us as you play detective for the night and help...

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Viva Voce

Viva Voce

Tuesday, 25 April, 7.00pm Yellow & Blue FREE  Wrexham's leading spoken word literary events – Viva Voce and Voicebox - have come together to celebrate this year's Carnival. This joint event will feature the best of local and neighbouring performers from poets to...

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Historical Fiction Night

Historical Fiction Night

Friday, 28 April, 7.00pm Wrexham Library £10  Historical Fiction Night: Angus Donald and Matthew Harffy.  Also, a pre-recorded interview with Bernard Cornwell. Watch out! The Viking-age Saxons are coming! Carnival of Words favourites, Matthew Harffy (the Bernicia...

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Writers’ Carousel

Writers’ Carousel

Saturday, 29 April, 11.00am – 3.00pm Tŷ Pawb: Performance Space FREE (ticket required)  North Wales writers – authors, poets, songwriters, bloggers and journalists – take part in some fabulous panels. These free sessions run between 11.00am and until 3.00pm. Morning...

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Magi Ann

Magi Ann

Throughout the Week Brynteg, Cefn Mawr, Chirk, Coedpoeth, Gwersyllt, Llay, Rhos, Ruabon and Wrexham Libraries. FREE  Magi Ann is the protagonist of a series of stories for children, and she is now one of the favorite characters of young children in Wales. Magi Ann...

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Lucy Diamond & Erica James

Lucy Diamond & Erica James

Saturday 29 April, 7.00pm Wrexham Library £10  Come and join not one, but two, Sunday Times best-selling romance authors as they bring their love of writing to Wrexham. Erica James is no stranger to success. Her first novel, A Breath of Fresh Air, became a Sunday...

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Hanan Issa (National Poet of Wales)

Hanan Issa (National Poet of Wales)

Saturday, 29 April, 4.00pm Wrexham Library £8  A conversation with Hanan Issa, National Poet of Wales, on the power of creativity and how poetry makes sense of the world. As a mixed race artist, Issa weaves together histories, myth and language from her different...

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Mike Gayle

Mike Gayle

Thursday, 27 April, 7.00pm Wrexham Library £6  Previously an agony uncle for teenage girls’ magazine Bliss, Mike Gayle is a journalist and author of eighteen novels. He’s written for a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, The Daily...

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Sophie Pavelle

Sophie Pavelle

Thursday, 27 April, 5.00pm Wrexham Library £6  Join Sophie (science communicator and writer for BBC Wildlife, Countryfile, New Scientist and the Guardian) for a chat about her journey around the UK in search of ten rare species that could disappear entirely by 2050...

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Conrad Jones

Conrad Jones

Thursday, 27 April, 2.00pm Chirk Library £6  Conrad Jones is a best-selling Amazon all-star author. His books have been translated into six languages and apart from writing crime thrillers he has written The Magic Dragon of Anglesey children’s series of books. But...

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Tim Weaver

Tim Weaver

Tuesday, 25 April, 7.00pm Wrexham Library £10  Tim Weaver is the author of 13 novels, including the David Raker mysteries You Were Gone, No One Home and this year's bestselling novel The Blackbird. ​His books have twice been selected for the Richard and Judy Book...

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Meinir Pierce Jones

Meinir Pierce Jones

Tuesday, 25 April, 5.00pm Wrexham Library £6  Meinir Pierce Jones will be discussing how she came to write her novel Capten, which won the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize at the National Eisteddfod 2022. This is a maritime historical novel, set in Llŷn in 1893, but which...

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Glenda Young

Glenda Young

Tuesday, 25 April, 2.00pm Wrexham Library £6  Glenda Young’s cosy crimes are set in modern-day Scarborough and were shortlisted for the Dead Good Readers Awards in the category of New Kid on the Block for best new crime series. She has also written gritty sagas set in...

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Fflur Dafydd

Fflur Dafydd

Monday, 24 April, 5.00pm Wrexham Library £6  Meet BAFTA-nominated and bilingual screenwriter, novelist and musician  Fflur Dafydd as she chats about… her own writing journey; the joys of writing primetime drama for S4C and BBC iPlayer; her work on her art crime...

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Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Monday 24 April, 2.00pm Closed event for schools  Award-winning screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell-Boyce, known for his wonderful children’s fiction, and as the writer of that memorable opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics will be visiting local...

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Jenny Blackhurst

Jenny Blackhurst

Friday, 28 April, 2.00pm Wrexham Library​ £6  Jenny Blackhurst is the internationally bestselling author of seven psychological thrillers. She wrote her first book after the birth of her son, in-between feeds and nappy changes and never thought anyone would read it....

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“Thank you SO MUCH Wrexham Carnival of Words, Wrexham Library, Ged from Wrexham Waterstones and the lovely audience for such a warm welcome and a great event this afternoon.”

Author Cally Taylor

“I could have listened to Phil Rickman for another 2 hours! A gentle but interesting man – excellent! Wish I’d come years ago.”

Phil Rickman Attendee

“A lovely evening, thank you. Very good actors and singing. A very enjoyable evening.”

Shakespeare Attendee

“Great production, fab night. I’m proud to be a part of the Carnival of Words.”

Shakespeare Attendee

“Brilliant – so enjoyable. One of the best talks I’ve been to – so interesting”

Vaseem Khan Attendee

“Diolch am gyflwyniad dwyieithog. Mae’n gyfle i ddangos bod y Gymraeg yn fyw. (Thank you for a bilingual introduction; it proves the Welsh language is still alive)”

Murder Mystery Attendee

“Brilliant effort by the library team to make this so effective.”

Murder Mystery Attendee

“Very good to see teen fiction represented. Lively and so engaging speaker – well-researched novels and novella.”

Emma Carroll Attendee

“An amazing talk that makes me want to go off and write – just need to learn how first! How about some creative writing workshops?”

Emma Carroll Attendee

“Really interesting evening. Even my husband enjoyed it!”

Historical Fiction Attendee

“Thank you for a fantastic Carnival, can’t wait for next year”

C.L. Taylor Attendee