Words by the Water Festival

A Festival of Words and Ideas

Priority Booking to Friends: 27 January
Public Booking: 3 February

From 6-15 March the curious, the bookish and the adventurous will gather once again at Theatre by the Lake this March to rub shoulders with our finest writers and thinkers at the leading literature festival in the North West, Words by the Water.

The ten-day spring festival of more than 100 events not only celebrates writing in all its forms but stimulates debate and discussion which often continue over a drink in the theatre bar long after the event is over. Expect a dynamic and inspiring line-up in the Main House alongside intriguing, intimate themed days in the Studio. There are plenty of opportunities to engage with speakers in the question and answer sessions or to chat with them at the book signing (the shelves of the festival bookshop, Bookends, simply heave with irresistible fresh-off-the-press titles).


Highlights from this year's line up include: A.C. Grayling, A.L Kennedy, Ben Okri, David Owen, Jenny Eclair, Joan Bakewell, John Crace, Melvyn Bragg, Natalie Haynes, Polly Toynbee and David Walker, Ruth Davidson, Simon Heffer, Steve Richards, Val McDermid and many more besides…

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