The World of Words

The World of Words tent is a beautiful wooden framed geodesic dome decorated with flags with quotes from past festival goers, situated in the Arboretum. Our 2018 programme packs in chats with authors, musicians, entrepreneurs, chefs, a chocolatier adventurer, a Buddhist monk, and an actor or two!

Here are some of the sessions we have on offer this year, the full schedule will be available on the WOMAD app.

“Welcome to Biscuit Land” – Jess Thom, aka Touretteshero, is a comedian and writer . She joins us to talk about her book, celebrate the creativity of Tourette’s, discuss what it’s like to be an unpredictable wordsmith and how she intends to “change the world, one tic at a time”.

“Can We Really Live Plastic Free?” – Serena Kutchinsky hosts a lively discussion about whether it really is possible to live a life without the man-made substance that is everywhere! She’s joined by plastic free family blogger Claudi Williams, campaigner Sian Sutherland from “A Plastic Planet” and artist Daniel Webb of Everyday Plastic.

“Finding Your Inner Peace and Happiness” with Gelong Thubten. Join Buddhist monk Thubten, one of the worlds most accomplished teachers of meditation and mindfulness, and start your day in contentment and peace.

“Revelations” (suitable 15+) with James Rowland
James’s best friends Sarah and Emma asked him for his sperm. This is the tale of what happened after he gave it to them. A storytelling show about love, faith, and trying to do the right thing, set in the same universe as James’s previous shows “Team Viking” and “A Hundred Different Words for Love”.

“Pronoun Trouble” – A comedy lecture  with Ben Moor
While sitting in a lecture about a series of Chuck Jones cartoons, Ben’s thoughts drift off in various directions. Who knew Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd could make us think such crazy thoughts and make us look at the world in such a different way?!

We’ll be finding out more from some of the musicians playing on our stages when they join us in the World of Words to chat, including Meklit, LADAMA and Aeham Ahmed. There’s the WOMAD Book Club so get stuck into our 3 books and come chat to the authors at the festival, and if you’re inspired after their sessions, you can wander over to Mr B’s bookshop next door for a browse and a literary natter. Our regular Sunday Papers panel is hosted this year by journalist and writer Oliver Bullough, and our tent hosts James Dunn and comedienne Harriet Beveridge are ready to welcome you from 10am to 6pm Friday to Sunday.

See you there!