Wordstock Deconstructed

After five glorious years of Wordstock, our annual one-day word-loving festival, we’ve decided to deconstruct its events and scatter them throughout the year and around the UK. There’s a smorgasbord of wordy delights in the making: talks on things close to our hearts, pop-up writing challenges, project launches and more.

Here’s what’s in the diary so far. We’d love to hear your ideas for other events, whether you’re in Cornwall or the Highlands or somewhere in between. Please let us know what you’re thinking at admin@26.org.uk.



 On the 26th of August, 26er and Dark Angels partner Neil Baker will be leading an experimental wander through the streets of London. The plan is to experiment with the idea of taking ‘photos’ with words, rather than a camera. This is a brilliant opportunity to learn new skills, and by the end of your travels you’ll have made your very own portfolio of ‘Wordographs’.

You can book your place today.



On the 21st September, John Simmons will be hosting a Q&A with screenwriter Rob Williams. Rob learnt his craft at the BBC’s scriptwriting academy and worked on EastEnders, Doctors and Casualty before getting his own original drama show, ‘Chasing Shadows’, on ITV. Recently, he was lead writer/consulting producer on the hit Amazon drama ‘The Man in the High Castle’.

We’ll also be announcing the winners of the Emerging Writer award at the event.

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Wordstock is heading to Bloomsbury Festival. Our event will be hosted by Radio 4’s Alan Dein (speaker on oral histories at Wordstock 2016) and will feature the results of a soon-to-be announced project called 26 Memory Maps.

The event will be on Wednesday 18th October, 7-8.30pm at Goodenough College Common Room (one of Bloomsbury’s hidden treasures). Keep your eyes peeled for ticket information.



No matter how brilliant a writer you are, getting published the conventional way is a notoriously difficult thing to do. Tolkein, Steinbeck, and Faulkner were all politely rejected at first. J.K Rowling too.

There’s no need to lose hope though.

As part of Wordstock Deconstructed, 26 have organised an event which might just give you the upper hand.

‘Getting Published’ will take place on the 28th November, downstairs at The Betsey Trotwood pub, and our panel of published authors will explore all the conventional and unconventional routes to publication.

Our panel includes Elise Valmorbida (author of Matilde Waltzing, The TV President and soon to be published by Faber ‘Madonna of the Mountains’), John Simmons (Author of Spanish Crossings, collective novel ‘Keeping Mum’, and the Dark Angels Trilogy) and poet Rishi Dastidar (author of Tickertape). They will all be on hand to give you invaluable tips and answer your questions.

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