The festival took place between June and July of 2014, though some of the events involved up to three months of preparation.
By the end of the festival there had been poetry performances in 13 languages at 21 events over 21 days including events in three schools, three youth settings, three branch libraries, and three writers groups together with three workshops, three poetry cafe seminars, three open mic nights, three guest performances, an official launch and a Festival anthology.
All of this was planned and delivered in the eleven weeks from when we received notice of Arts Council funding on the 11th of April. We estimate that over 700 people participated and believe that they represent a good cross section of the Bolton public vis a vis age, gender and ethnicity. Whilst over 1,500 individuals visited the web site in just over a month.
The Festival brought international, award winning writers and performers together and showcased this amazing array in local venues with the support of some fantastic poets, musicians and writers from the Northwest of England.
Found in Translation, a night featuring eleven writers, eleven languages and eleven translations on Wednesday 25th June, led by James Hartnell and featuring guest performer Anjum Malik.
A creative writing workshop and performance by New York’s George Wallace and guests on Thursday 26th June hosted by Scott Devon.
An explosion of words and music with Alabaster Deplume and the Copernicus Ensemble, with guests Rioghnach Connolly and Paddy Steer including a fine set from Don McColl on Friday 27th June.