Celebrating all things spoken

WORLD OF WORDS · 

Talks, debates, panels and performances

A vibrant area in the arboretum, home of the main World of Words stage, Hip Yak Poetry Shack, the giant crossword, Mr B's Books and stay tuned for a new venue for 2020.

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WOMAD 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON

Stay tuned for the 2020 World of Words announcement in April.

the world of words tent

A challenge for the curious

The World of Words Tent is a beautiful canvas marquee, nestled in the shade of the arboretum. It’s the place to sit down, relax and enjoy fascinating talks, interesting debates, inspirational authors, and much more

the world of words tent

A challenge for the curious

The World of Words Tent is a beautiful canvas marquee, nestled in the shade of the arboretum. It’s the place to sit down, relax and enjoy fascinating talks, interesting debates, inspirational authors, and much more

Hip Yak Poetry Shack

Join the country’s best performers under the trees by the little purple tent, for the finest, funniest, deeply moving and profoundly right-on spoken word entertainment you will hear this summer!

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physics pavillion

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