Saturday Lineup

Our lineup continues to take shape, and our programme is bursting with great sessions. Here’s what’s in store for the Saturday.

Our sessions include:

How to Write a Romcom with Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, Jeevani Charika, and Kirsty Eyre

Playable Stories: Writing for Games with Upstart Theatre, Battlebird Productions, and Roll/Flip/Draw

The Draw of Noir with Nadine Matheson, Adam Simcox, and Lara Thompson

Adventurous Tales for Kids with Annabelle Sami, Mitch Johnson, and Mini Travellers

Also featuring: Quantum Read: can writing the future change it? Kids comic-making workshop. Kids storywriting sessions. Killing Gandhi and Dante’s Divine Comedy with Vaseem Khan. Poetry therapy with Francoise Helene. Safe Thrills: The psychology of fiction. Intergenerational Silent Disco, family games, and interactive theatre.

Françoise Hélène

Next on our lineup is Françoise Hélène, a poet and a Forest School educator who loves unlocking imaginations by bringing stories to life and teaching in the most creative ways. Winner of the Canada Book Awards and the White Label Prize, Françoise Hélène weaves magic and creates space for growth for adults and children alike.

At#WildWordsFest, Françoise is leading workshops on poetry and storytelling.

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Paul Kenney

Biographer Paul Kenny is proof that non-fiction is full of engrossing stories. He is coming to #WildWordsFest to tell us about Amherst Villiers, otherwise known as “The Man Who Superchargerd #Bond.”

He now turns his pen to another polymath, Whitney Straight, who was a racing driver, fighter pilot and industrialist.

On Friday 3rd June 2022, Paul will talk about these extraordinary innovators, bringing their place in history to life.

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Nicola Penfold

We’re so excited to have Nicola Penfold at Wild Words Fest 2022. She writes incredible environmental fiction for young people, and will be joining us for a nature walk, and as part of our panel on whether SciFi can change the world.

Nicola’s debut novel Where the World Turns Wild was chosen as a Future Classic for the BookTrust School Library Pack, and shortlisted for several regional awards. It won the Redhill Academy Trust Book Award. Her latest book Between Sea and Sky has been shortlisted for the Teach Primary Book Awards 2021.

Book before the end of October for a 20% discount!

Daisy Tate

Welcome to the Festival, @DaisyTate (who also writes as @AnnieOneilBooks) is joining us to talk about the psychology of fiction.

Her fiction journey began with Mills & Boon Medical Romances and now includes a jolly holiday book and two women’s fiction books. She also raises cows and bees!

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Kirsty Eyre

Who’s this goddess? Only Kirsty Eyre. Also known as Ginger Jones⁠

Winner of the inaugural Comedy Women in Print award and finalist in the Romantic Novelist Association’s Katie Fforde Award, Kirsty brings her wit, smarts, and warmth, and a helping of Ginger’s sass, to Wild Words Festival.⁠

Cover of Cow Girl by Kirsty Eyre
Cover of Cow Girl by Kirsty Eyre

Kirsty Eyre is an author and playwright. She is the winner of the inaugural Comedy Women in Print award (2019). Her debut novel, Cow Girl came out in Summer 2020. She recently signed a two book deal with Bonnier Zaffre and her next romantic comedy – published under pen name Ginger Jones – will be published in spring 2022. Her writing credits include several comedy stage plays receiving great acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

At Wild Words Fest she’ll be talking about romantic comedy and also about her playwriting life!

Get your early bird tickets for 25% off until October 31st

Annabelle Sami

Annabelle Sami is is the author of laugh out loud childrens stories.

Loudmouth Levi – a talking toy llama – and the human he’s been sent to help – quiet Yasmin Shah – are firm favourites in our house in their Llama Out Loud and Llama on a Mission books.

In Annabelle’s fun and friendly children’s session she will introduce the kids to the world of funny story writing and why humour is so important in books. She’ll also talk about writing detective stories and how to solve a crime, just like in her Agent Zaiba Investigates series. There will be lots of chances for the audience to join in including a joke telling contest, creating their own brand new talking animal sidekicks and creating their very own detective agency.

Annabelle Sami is a writer, performer and arts producer. She grew up next to the sea on the south coast of the UK and then moved to London, where she now lives. She studied English Literature and Drama and undertook an MA in English Literature at Queen Mary University. When she isn’t writing she enjoys playing saxophone, playing with her dog Rupert and swimming in the sea.

Instagram: @annabellesamibooks Twitter: @annabellesami

Book before the 31st October for the best discounts!

Roll / Flip / Draw

Playable stories, interactive fiction, games…whatever you call them, some of the most exciting new fiction is coming out of GAMES.

At Wild Words Fest we are hugely luckly to have Chloe Mashiter taking us through the way they create and write absorbing, inspiring, transformative games.

Chloe is a game- and theatre-maker who specialises in interactive and game-based performance. Their work spans both live and digital work, as a game-designer, narrative designer, facilitator and performer. They also publish original tabletop role-playing games and live-action role-playing games as Roll/Flip/Draw.

Their work focuses on creating spaces in which people can collaborate in telling stories together, whether in a theatre, around a table, on a video call or as part of a livestream. From immersive live shows, to text-adventures, to month-long events with hundreds of people contributing to one story, meaningful interaction and player/audience input is at the core of Chloe’s work both in theatre and in gaming.

They are an artistic associate at playful adventure makers Coney, and regularly collaborate with interactive specialists Parabolic Theatre and Upstart Theatre.

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Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? is THE hotly anticipated debut of 2022. We can’t wait for our copy to drop. And we REALLY can’t wait to have Lizzie Damilola Blackburn at Wild Words Fest!

Lizzie Damilola Blackburn is a British-Nigerian writer, born in Peckham, who wants to tell the stories that she and her friends have longed for but never seen – romcoms ‘where Cinderella is Black and no-one bats an eyelid’. In 2019 she won the Literary Consultancy Pen Factor Writing Competition with the early draft of Yinka, Where is your Huzband?, which she had been writing alongside juggling her job at Carers UK.

She has been at the receiving end of the question in the title of her novel many times and now lives with her husband in Milton Keynes. Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? is her first novel.

She joins us at Wild Words Fest to talk romantic comedy and her journey to publication.

Book your tickets early for the best prices (up to 25% off before the end of October) and hear about romantic comedy, Nigerian aunties, and getting Yinka on to the page and into our hearts.