Historical Fiction competition 2020 winners: Matilda Collard

It’s been a joy and a privilege to read all the entries to Altrincham Word Fest’s historical short story competition for schools during lockdown. At a time when many of us were barely able to concentrate, it’s so impressive that the students were able to research and put together such wonderful, sensitive stories; it was truly moving to read them during our own challenging moment … Continue reading Historical Fiction competition 2020 winners: Matilda Collard

Historical Fiction competition 2020 Winners: Darcey Burke

‘It’s been a joy and a privilege to read all the entries to Altrincham Word Fest’s historical short story competition for schools during lockdown. At a time when many of us were barely able to concentrate, it’s so impressive that the students were able to research and put together such wonderful, sensitive stories; it was truly moving to read them during our own challenging moment … Continue reading Historical Fiction competition 2020 Winners: Darcey Burke

2020 Programme

May 3rd (Sunday) Independent publishers book fair    High street bookshops are full of books from a small number of large mainstream publishers, most based in London. However, the North West is home to a great variety of small independent publishers producing great work by little known and emerging authors. Our book fair will provide an opportunity for local people to discover fantastic work by the … Continue reading 2020 Programme

Manchester’s Lost District: Life before the Arndale Centre

Local writer, Keith Warrender is the author of several books about Cheshire and Manchester and he has just produced ‘Manchester’s Lost District: Life before the Arndale’. It may seem that the Arndale Centre has been dominating the centre of Manchester forever. In fact, the shopping centre was built in the 1970s to replacing a warren of streets, squares and courts, remnants of a much older … Continue reading Manchester’s Lost District: Life before the Arndale Centre

Sirens -Joseph Knox (Transworld Publishers)

Review by Katie Frankland Set in a cold, grey, eerie Manchester, “Sirens” introduces Adrian Waits, an unfortunate Detective with a menacing past and hopeless future. His present isn’t too promising either as he is pushed into the ugly, brutal darkness of the city’s criminal underground. Assigned to work on a solo, covert mission to investigate the whereabouts of a missing politician’s daughter, he positions himself … Continue reading Sirens -Joseph Knox (Transworld Publishers)

Programme 2019

This year Altrincham Word Fest is bigger and better than ever!  With events and workshops on poetry, blogging, creative writing, comedy, crime fiction, Alan Turing ‘s Manchester and advice on publishing your own work we have something for everyone. Whether you want to learn, perform or just listen –  you will find something to inspire you! All tickets on Eventbrite.    Saturday 11th May Flash … Continue reading Programme 2019

Martin Zarrop and ‘No Theory of Everything’

We met Martin at our Open Mic Evening during the first Altrincham Word Fest in May 2018. He read several poems and we were really impressed with his work. Martin is a retired university lecturer and describes himself as ‘a mathematician who wanted certainty but found life more interesting and fulfilling by not getting it.’! Martin does remember writing a couple of poems whilst at … Continue reading Martin Zarrop and ‘No Theory of Everything’

Getting inside Tom Jenks’s head…

If you google Tom Jenks make sure that you don’t get confused by the American writer or the former Grand National Jockey. Our Tom Jenks is a prolific writer of experimental poetry and prose. He’s been a regular on the Manchester spoken word scene for many years. His highly original work is hard to describe in words. Have a look at him on You Tube … Continue reading Getting inside Tom Jenks’s head…

Blogger Katie Frankland who loves life and writing

Katie Frankland attended some of the Word Fest workshops in May 2018 and was inspired to start writing as result. In fact, the image of Katie writing during a break out session at Kate Feld’s ‘Life Writing’ session was one of our favourite shots of the festival. She looked so absorbed and yet so relaxed! We were excited to hear that Kate now has her … Continue reading Blogger Katie Frankland who loves life and writing

Black Moss, the new novel from writer David Nolan

Originally from Altrincham, David has had a long and successful career as a TV and radio producer and writer of celebrity biographies for people as diverse as the Sex Pistols and Emma Watson. However, it is clear that a major turning point in both his career and life was the arrest and subsequent prosecution of a teacher from his former school in Hale Barns on … Continue reading Black Moss, the new novel from writer David Nolan