Wrexham Carnival of Words 2016

2016 Wrexham Carnival of WordsThe Wrexham Carnival of Words 2016 ran from Saturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May. You can find out more about the events that took place by following the links below. 

You can also check out our 2017 page to find out what happened at the 2017 Carnival.

Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde is a fantasy author with over three million books in print across 13 novels, with multiple entries on bestseller lists both here and in the US. With no formal training or qualifications, how can you teach yourself to tell stories, and can the ‘untrained inspired ignorance’ approach actually… Read more

Wrexham Playwrights

Laurel and Hardy

As part of the Wrexham Carnival of Words, two new playwrights will be showcasing their plays. Odd Sock by Rona Campbell: We all have them, but what is it like to be one? In Rona Campbell’s intriguing play, Odd Sock is thrown out of his home, escapes from the clothes… Read more

Aled Lewis Evans: Llinynnau

Aled Lewis Evans

A celebration of the new Welsh language poetry collection Llinynnau, Aled Lewis Evans’ seventh individual collection for Barddas Press. There will be a presentation of poems from the book, with music by singer Arwel Tanat. Aled Lewis Evans: Llinynnau. Dathliad o lyfr barddoniaeth newydd Aled Lewis Evans Llinynnau a gyhoeddir… Read more

Stranger Than Fiction!

Stranger Than Fiction

As part of this year’s Wrexham Carnival of Words, local historical novelist David Ebsworth will tell some tall but true tales to show that fact is, often, very much stranger than fiction… William the Conqueror’s Terrible End; The Wreck of the Titan; Easy Eddie’s Conscience; The Heroism of Butch O’Hare…… Read more

Poetry of RS Thomas


A pilgrimage through the poetry of RS Thomas, with Susan Fogarty, an experienced reader of Thomas’s poetry, who will lead a 1-hour presentation Stations to an Untenanted Cross. By candlelight with visual icons and music. The Church will be open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Saturday for individuals to journey… Read more

Wrexham Writers’ Group Reception

Pencils and notebook

Closed event for members of Wrexham Writers’ Group. A chance for members of the Writers’ Group to meet informally with some of the authors from this evening’s Historical Fiction events, to chat with them over a light buffet (and maybe a glass of wine), and pick up some free tips!… Read more

Historical Fiction Night

Antique pen

Featuring panel debate ‘My Era Is Better Than Yours’, and a talk from history crime novelist Lindsey Davis. My Era Is Better Than Yours. We’ve brought together a panel of the people who know their eras backwards, inside and outside who are here to convince you that, if you were going to… Read more

Performing Food

Food and book

Wrexham Food & Drink Festival. Poems about Food, read by children and professional poets. Plus, to mark Dylan Thomas Day, Peter Read, who has performed Dylan Thomas throughout Britain and America, will premiere his 15-minute monologue entitled Food And Drink To Dylan. Renowned poet Aled Lewis Evans will read poems… Read more

Reading of Wrexham Workers’ Poem

Workers' Poem

During Carnival week, staff at some local workplaces, in conjunction with TUC Unionlearn and local poets, will go head to head in a collective effort to write the Wrexham Workers’ Poem – with the finalised verses being performed in public, for the first time. Darllen Cerdd Weithwyr Wrecsam. Yn ystod… Read more

Clare Mackintosh

Clare Mackintosh

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief… Read more