Wrexham Carnival of Words
20-27 April 2024

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

2024 Events

Welcome to our 2024 events, which includes Author Talks, Story Telling, Poetry, Writer’s Carousel and the Murder Mystery.

Rheinallt Llwyd – Islwyn Ffowc Elis’ Formative Years

Rheinallt Llwyd – Islwyn Ffowc Elis’ Formative Years

Islwyn Ffowc Elis who was born in Wrexham, was one of Wales’ foremost writers and his novel Cysgod y Cryman (Shadow of the Sickle) is considered to be the “Book of the 20th Century”. Rheinallt Llwyd is a leading authority on his life and works and will discuss his...

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Theatr Clwyd – From Page to Stage

Theatr Clwyd – From Page to Stage

With a landmark capital redevelopment in progress, it’s an exciting time to find out more about Theatr Clwyd. We will discover more about the magic of the backstage world and how scripts are taken from the page to the stage. Led by Head of Production, Hannah Lobb and...

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Evie Meg – This Trippy Hippie

Evie Meg – This Trippy Hippie

Author and social media sensation Evie Meg is known to over 15 million TikTok followers, as This Trippy Hippie. She captures and documents the reality of the highs and lows of living with Tourette’s syndrome to raise awareness of the condition and other health...

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Historical Fiction Night

Historical Fiction Night

Two shows for the price of one! A panel of 4 fabulous Historical Fiction authors will fight their corners in our ‘My Era is Better Than Yours’ challenge - Catrin Kean arguing for The Seventies; E. M. Powell for Plantagenet Power; Kate Innes for The Minoans; and Sarah...

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A470: Poems for the Road / Cerddi’r Ffordd

A470: Poems for the Road / Cerddi’r Ffordd

A470: Poems for the Road / Cerddi'r Ffordd is a bilingual collection of original poems by Welsh poets, all written in response to the 186 mile road which runs the length of Wales – from shore to shore and north to south. From the seashore to slate quarries, from...

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An Audience with Philippa Holloway

An Audience with Philippa Holloway

Join us for a session with Philippa Holloway - award-winning author and academic, teaching Creative Writing at Staffordshire University. We'll be chatting about the runaway success of her début novel, The Half-Life of Snails - set in both Anglesey and Ukraine - and...

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Vaseem Khan

Vaseem Khan

VASEEM KHAN: Killing Gandhi, Dante's Divine Comedy, and the Billion Dollar Snake God Bestselling crime fiction author Vaseem Khan takes us on an exhilarating journey from the last days of the Raj to the heart of modern India. Vaseem's award-winning Malabar House...

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Suzan Holder

Suzan Holder

Author, journalist and TV presenter Suzan Holder has woven her love for music and comedy into both her rockin’ rom coms Shake It Up, Beverley and Rock n’ Rose. Married to former Slade frontman Noddy Holder and producer of TV’s Loose Women, Suzan draws on her own...

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Mike Parker

Mike Parker

By popular demand we welcome back Mike Parker, award winning author of Map Addict, On the Red Hill and most recently All the Wide Border. Mike will be talking about his work and specifically how it relates to, and is inspired by, Wales.  Tuesday 23 April, 5pmWrexham...

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Poetry – Live and Dangerous

Poetry – Live and Dangerous

An evening of lively performance featuring award-winning Belfast poet, Elizabeth McGeown, with some very special local guest poets. And the poems they'll be supplying? They're electrifying. Poems either written by Wrexham's own poets, or maybe their favourite poems...

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Authors From Wonderland

Authors From Wonderland

A panel of celebrated local writers talk about the often untold stories of how and why they were inspired by their favourite children's authors - but also revealing those authors' secret lives J.M. Barrie, Enid Blyton, Rosemary Sutcliff, Lewis Carroll and others....

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From Star Wars to Sherlock

From Star Wars to Sherlock

Some of Wrexham's writing celebrities will try to persuade you that their own favourite fan fiction is better than all the rest. If spin-offs from Star Wars, Dracula, Game of Thrones and Sherlock are your thing, you'll love this! Chair: Marie Cope Panel members: Iwan...

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Catherine Isaac

Catherine Isaac

Catherine Isaac is the Sunday Times bestselling author of 13 novels, nine of which were published under the name ‘Jane Costello’.  She writes emotional love stories and romantic comedy, which altogether have been translated into 26 languages. She has previously been...

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Murder Mystery Night

Murder Mystery Night

Put your sleuthing skills to the test and experience what it’s like to investigate the most serious of crimes at our nail-biting Murder Mystery evening. Join us as you play detective for the night and help figure out ‘whodunnit?’ Tonight’s mystery is a performance of...

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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