This weekend we hosted Plymouth Festival of Words in partnership with Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University. Across the weekend, the University came alive with a range of events which celebrated words in all their forms. We recount the events we held, in pictures.

Wednesday 3rd May

The cast of WonderZoo, Young City Laureate Lola Beal and Literature Works' Heather Soderlind

We kicked off the Festival with an event at The China House. Featuring an evening of spoken word hosted by our friends WonderZoo (seen here), we also unveiled the Mayflower 400 Young City Laureate, Lola Beal (pictured centre).

Thursday 4th May

Cathy Galvin and Carrie Kania delivered a workshop: 'First Impressions' and Fereshteh Ahmadi gave a reading and spoke on women's contemporary literature in Iran. Later, Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell kicked off Plymouth history month with a live recording of their podcast, Histories of the Unexpected.

5th May

Michele Roberts joined Literature Works' Heather Soderlind in conversation about her new novel, The Walworth Beauty. Highlights included the meaning of London to her, a discussion on fish-net stockings and how to research for a historical novel... Later celebrated film director Peter Greenaway joined Johnny Mains in conversation, before a screening of the comedy-romance The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.

Sunday 7th May

Chris Tutton entertained the audience on Sunday afternoon with his performance poetry and Joan Ellis gave new life to infamous last words of famous blondes before Irenosen Okojie joined our CEO Helen Chaloner to read from her novel and to discuss encouraging young people to read and write more. The festival closed with a one man show from Michael Pennington.

We would also like to thank Matthew Jarron, Helen Chadwick and The Gathering’s annual storytelling festival for taking part in the weekend.

Literature Works would like to thank all the authors, speakers and performers who shared their work with us and to thank all those who came. We enjoyed a very wordy weekend.