Nantwich Words & Music Festival

It’s a question often asked – Where can I get Poetry by Simon Armitage, Music from Mark Radcliffe, and local bands like James and The Giant, in a nice Cheshire town?

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Well, the answer is here, for the second year in a row: The Nantwich Words and Music Festival.

Organised by music producer Nigel Stonier, along with Thea Gilmore, it’s looking like it could well be a very popular event in Nantwich. It attracts people from all over the UK, with acts playing something different and exciting over the weekend.

I spoke to Nigel – and started off by asking him a bit about the background of the event:

It’s got loads to look forward to. There are workshops including “sense of sound” – a vocal workshop. it’s on Saturday at 2pm, in the Malbank theatre, costing just three pounds.

As well as that, from 1130 Saturday morning, a free event is being held at Nantwich Library, where writer Robert Graham will read from his short story book The Only Living Boy, followed by a fiction writing workshop, for a competition for next years event. It’s well worth getting involved – you have a good length of time to write the story!

Musicians appearing include Ian Broudie of the Lightning seeds, Mark Radcliffe with his band the Family Mahones, Thea Gilmore, and Rod Clements & Michael Weston King.

Simon Armitage will be doing a reading, and local acts will be playing at the Costa Coffee AcousticSunday event, compered by Dayve Dean.

It starts Thursday, and goes right through to Sunday.

For more information, or to book tickets, go to


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