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World of Words

World of Words, WOMAD’s beating heart of creativity celebrating the spoken word has extensively vibrant and diverse programmes jam-packed full of poetry slams, author chats, lively discussions, fascinating talks and insightful interviews.

Whether it’s taking part in WOMAD’s Book Club, discussing the latest news over coffee with the Sunday Papers panelists, or completing a giant crossword, WOMAD-ers are positively spoilt for choice.

In these highly charged and ever changing times, the voice of the poet is not only a nice distraction, it’s a call to arms, and the Hip Yak Poetry Shack provides a creative, powerful platform for forward-thinking voices. It is positively brims with comedy, stories and poetry provided by some of the country’s top spoken word artists.

There’s also the hugely popular Human Books with over 45 interesting and extraordinary people ready to chat, intrigue and inspire you.