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One of the leading literary festivals in Wales will be held again in Wrexham during 2017. The Wrexham Carnival of Words is in its third year and will be held at venues across the area between 29th April and 6th May. 

Leading authors attending this year’s Carnival of Words include Joanne Harris (Chocolat), Barbara Erskine (Lady of Hay) and Ben Kane (The Eagles of Rome). Former Government Minister Alan Johnson will also be discussing the latest volume of his autobiography (The Long and Winding Road).

Local poets will have the opportunity to read their work in public during a Poetry Baton and new authors will share their writing journeys during New Voices with both events taking place at Eagles Meadow. Acclaimed local poet and author Aled Lewis Evans will present a retrospective of his work at the Catrin Finch Centre and the Saith Seren will be hosting a popular open mic for poets and writers featuring Alys Conran. There will also be a collective effort to write the 2017 Wrexham Workers’ Poem in local workplaces with the final version being performed in public.

Crime writing will be featured with a behind-the-scenes look at real life murder investigations with Lisa Cutts, a police officer with the serious Crime Directorate, and Simon Booker who has written extensively for television series such as the Inspector Lynley Mysteries. The ever-popular Murder Mystery takes place at Wrexham Library with a script from award-winning crime writer Anne Cleves based on the latest Shetland novel Cold Earth.

The comedy drama Bothered and Bewildered by Gail Young will present a moving insight into the realities of dementia whilst local walkers will not wish to miss Ramblers and Readers. Award winning graphic novelist Karrie Fransman will explore why comics are entering a new golden age.

Historical fiction provides one of the highlights of the Carnival when a panel of authors who know their eras inside out will try to convince you that if you were to step back in time, you’d choose their period. Come along ready to vote and then be prepared to change your mind! Lucienne Boyce (The Bristol Suffragettes) will also show how the establishment tried to turn the tide against the campaigns of the Suffragettes.

The programme for the 2017 Wrexham Carnival of Words was formally launched at Wrexham Library on St. David’s Day. Copies of the programme can be picked up at many local libraries, community venues and other locations or by visiting www.wrexhamcarnivalofwords.com

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