Wrexham Carnival of Words
23-30 April 2022

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

2022 Events

Welcome to our 2022 events, which includes Author Talks, Story Telling, Poetry, Writer’s Carousel and the Murder Mystery

Jason Bray talks about his book Deliverance

Jason Bray talks about his book Deliverance

Sunday 24 April 5pm - £10 The Revd Dr Jason Bray is currently Vicar of St Giles Parish Church in Wrexham and the deliverance minister. In ‘Deliverance: everyday investigations into poltergeists, ghosts and supernatural phenomena’ he shares his varied experiences of...

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Slate by Chris Clode

Slate by Chris Clode

Wednesday 27 April 2pm - Free ticket available from Wrexham Library Chris Clode celebrates his passion for the North Wales Slate Quarries now a UNESCO World Heritage site. In this session he shares many of the photographs he has taken over the last ten years with...

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Middlemarch Readathon

Middlemarch Readathon

Saturday 23 April 4pm - Free ticket available from Wrexham Library From January to April 2021 a Middlemarch readathon took place when many people read George Eliot’s classic in fortnightly chunks. This informal and light-hearted session is for everyone to come...

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In Conversation With Mark Billingham

In Conversation With Mark Billingham

Friday 22 April 7pm - £10 Mark Billingham started his career, 20 years ago, as the new young voice in crime fiction. He brought a fresh, edgy and terrifying twist to the genre and his lead character, Tom Thorne, was every bit as quirky and different a character as his...

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Wrexham Carnival of Words – Writers’ Carousel

Wrexham Carnival of Words – Writers’ Carousel

Saturday 30 April 11am - Free ticket available from Wrexham Library North Wales writers – authors, poets, songwriters, bloggers and journalists – take part in some fabulous panels. These free sessions run between 11.00 and 12.30, and then from 1.30 until 3.00pm....

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The Late Train to Gypsy Hill: Alan Johnson

The Late Train to Gypsy Hill: Alan Johnson

Saturday 30 April 7pm - £10 A regular and firm favourite at our Wrexham Carnival of Words, Alan Johnson - former Education Secretary, Health Secretary and Home Secretary in the Labour governments up to 2010 - won a multitude of awards for his trilogy of memoirs: This...

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The Mission House: Carys Davies

The Mission House: Carys Davies

Monday 25 April 7pm - £10 Born in Wales and now living in Edinburgh, award-winning novelist and short story writer Carys Davies joins us for this live event to talk about the background to her latest book, The Mission House; about her own favourite short stories;...

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One Foot in the Past: Barbara Erskine

One Foot in the Past: Barbara Erskine

Sunday Times bestselling novelist Barbara Erskine brings us this unique blend of history and the supernatural as she talks about the inspiration for her latest epic blockbuster The Dream Weavers, parts of which are set along the borders between England and Wales, both...

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The Steel Beneath the Silk: Patricia Bracewell

The Steel Beneath the Silk: Patricia Bracewell

Join American author Patricia Bracewell in this livestream interview about her most recent novel, The Steel Beneath the Silk - the third part in her Emma of Normandy series. Pat brilliantly recreates the medieval world of this little-known, twice-crowned queen.

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The Snowdonia Killings: Simon McCleave

The Snowdonia Killings: Simon McCleave

Thursday 28 April 2pm - £10 Local author Simon McCleave is the best-selling British crime novelist of the DI Ruth Hunter thriller series, beginning with The Snowdonia Killings. Join us for this live event as Simon talks about his own writing journey, about his...

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The Holy Dee: Peter Evans

The Holy Dee: Peter Evans

Tuesday 26 April 2pm - Free ticket available from Wrexham Library Join Hope writer Peter Evans as he tells some brilliant yarns from his latest book, The Holy Dee, and the journey upon which it took him, walking the length of the river from its estuary at Hilbre...

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Matthew Hall: A Life In Crime

Matthew Hall: A Life In Crime

Tuesday 26 April 7pm - £10 Matthew Hall began life as a criminal barrister before embarking on a career as a screenwriter and novelist.  Beginning with Kavanagh QC in the late 1990s, he has written over 60 hours of prime time drama and recently created and wrote BBC...

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Milly Johnson – The Woman in the Middle

Milly Johnson – The Woman in the Middle

Monday 25 April 2pm - £10 Sunday Times bestselling author Milly Johnson is one of the Top 10 Female Fiction authors in the UK, with millions of copies of her books sold across the world. A writer who champions women and highlights the importance of friendship and...

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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

Clips From Our 2021 Programme