Word on Tour, our live literature tour of 26 libraries around the region, is now underway. It is supported by Arts Council England Strategic Touring funding and the South Western Regional Library Service (SWRLS).

The tour showcases the full range of South West regional writing talent. It has so far visited Bideford and Okehampton libraries and will take in seven more Devon libraries. Next stop Tiverton, on Thursday 25th January, where Literature Works patron, novelist Patrick Gale, will team up with performance poet Matt Harvey for a night of readings, performance and discussion.

Word on Tour also celebrates local libraries and their role in our communities. We have a wooden library index box on the tour, which we’re gradually filling with postcards of our destinations on which we invite audience members to write their thoughts about why libraries matter. We will share those thoughts as the tour progresses.

Join us as we tour libraries across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. Tickets for the Devon leg are on sale now, with Cornwall and Somerset due for release shortly. Book yours here.

Following the first Word on Tour event at Bideford Library, our freelance Tour Manager, Cat Large, said:

“Preparation for the tour has been intense, but such fun. We’ve recruited over 20 talented and varied South West writers. We commissioned the wonderful illustration of Grace Alton for our promotional materials and worked hard with our 26 library venues to get Word on Tour in motion. It was a real pleasure to work with Annie Brierley of Bideford Library on the first event. Folk musician Jim Causley and novelist Jane Feaver, both inspired by rural life, shared poetry, prose, music and song, to a full house, followed by a fascinating discussion about place and community.”

Literature Works CEO, Helen Chaloner, said:

“There is something for everyone in the Word on Tour mix. We’ve tried to create interesting pairings of writers for live discussions, readings and performances. Thanks to performance poets Jonny Fluffypunk and Elvis McGonagall, our second event at Okehampton Library provided a thought-provoking and entertaining antidote to a cold, wet January evening. The tour runs right through to September, so there will be sunshine, too. Do join it, if you can, in celebration of South West libraries and writers.”

Here are some photos from our events so far...