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Well, that’s it for another year. And what a year it’s been! From the launch of our exhibition through to a beautiful closing gig in St. John’s Church, it’s been a truly magical ten days.

As the dust begins to settle, we just wanted to take a moment to say a HUGE thank you, from the bottom of our happy hearts, to everyone who helped to make the festival possible:

Thank you to our sponsors and partners, including Arts Council England, Kenilworth Town Council, Warwick District Council, Warwick University, Kenilworth Books, The Almanack, Emmerson Press, Kenilworth Community Forum, Leaders, Onside Coaching, Tree House Bookshop, Live & Local, The Farthing Gallery, The Orangery, Head Records, Underboard, Shakespeare Hospice, Arden Guest House, Woodside Hotel, Verve Poetry Press, Rough Trade Books and Nettl.

Thank you to the wonderful venues who kindly let us borrow their spaces: St. John’s Church, St. Nicholas’ Church, United Reformed Church, Talisman Theatre, Priory Theatre, Kenilworth Castle, Tree House Bookshop, Kenilworth Books, Holiday Inn, The Farthing Workshop, Kenilworth Library, Kenilworth Sports & Social Club and Kenilworth School.

Thank you to all the amazing writers, musicians, theatre companies and visual artists who joined us this year.

Thank you to our superstar volunteers, including Charlotte, Liz H, Rosie, Becky, Jan, Nicole, John, Corrina, Liz L, Christine, Rachel, Ellie, Graham and India.

Thank you to our three brilliant photographers: Tia Bryant, Emilie Cotterill (Transluceo) and Mark Woodward.

Thank you to Drew Coleman and his brilliant sound team.

Thank you to Nick Rhodes (Switchopen) for the stunning artwork. 

And lastly, thank you to you for coming to our events, for spreading the word, for offering feedback, for giving us a hug when we looked a bit haggard on day 6. You’re all amazing.

We’ll be posting photos later this week, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page.

And as a final word: our 2019 festival will take place from 19th – 28th September. Get the dates in your diary and book the ten days off work  😉

See you next year x