A successful celebration of literature took over Frodsham with the annual Weaver Words festival.
More than 1,000 tickets were sold for the range of performances, workshops and insightful talks from famous faces, writers and poets on offer throughout a packed four days.
Festival manager and writer Lynn Pegler said the event was a ‘great success’.
She said: “The literature festival resulted in a brilliant buzz in Frodsham last week.
“Nearly 1,500 people engaged with the festival in some way, either attending events, learning a new creative skill in one of the workshops or entering a writing competition.
“The standard of entries was very high in both the children’s and adult competitions. We are lucky to have such a rich seam of talent in the area.”
The festival opened on April 6 with an evening of music and poetry from Andrew Rudd, Gill McEvoy and Daniel Axworthy.
Poet Roger McGough performed musings from his latest book As Far As I Know, while TV historian Dan Cruickshank gave his talk The History of Architecture in 100 Buildings.
Gerald Dickens staged his great grandfather Charles Dickens’s chilling ghost story The Signalman.
A highlight for getting the community involved was a cartoon drawing workshop with Colin Shelbourn.
Jo Bell took festival-goers on a cruise along the River Weaver to her waterway-inspired poetry and for football fans there was an evening with former Everton FC goalkeeper Neville Southall.
A total of 18 events were on offer at Frodsham Community Centre and Castle Park from April 6-10.
The range of competitions also captured the public’s involvement with a 500-word flash fiction contest for adults and three Weaver Words story prizes for local school children aged from Year 3 to Year 9.
Frodsham-born playwright and festival patron Tim Firth was on hand to judge the winners.
Bailey Fearn won the competition for Years 3 and 4, Hannah Morley was awarded the Years 5 and 6 prize and Finlay McCallum was named the winner for Years 7, 8 and 9.
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