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Sunday 28th April 2019

10:30am - 5:30pm | Cardinham Woods

intoBodmin, in association with KEAP, Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, Guillemot Press and Cardinham Woods, are proud to present –

Family ticket £15 | Adults £7 | Children (3-16) £3.

Words in Woods was our very special family friendly, one-day festival of storytelling in Cardinham Woods.

Visitors discovered the wonder of words through stories, poetry, readings, discussions and trails, and took part in special events and hands on activities for all ages, from the very young to the young at heart.

Find out more about the 2019 event in the listings below: 

Short Story Competition 

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Our 500 word short story competition, to seek out talented local writers and storymakers is now closed. The theme was 'into the woods', and entrants of all ages sent us their stories to win some fabulous goodies, free tickets to Words in Woods, as well as the chance to have their work published online on the intoBodmin website, and best of all, the honour of having their work read out by a professional actor at the Words in Woods festival!


You can read the entries online, and hear the winning stories, which will be read out at the Words in Woods festival.

On the day...

Activities, Performances & Readings

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Look out for a stray wolf in the woods – all may not be as it seems…

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Story Adventurers | 10:30am | Marquee

A girl, a granny, a wolf and the woods. Join The Story Adventurers as they play with a well-known story and take it on a new journey where you take part! 

Workshop leaders Story Republicans Jo Lumber and Connie Crosby. Suitable for 5-8 year olds (ish!).  Limited spaces.

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Manga Drawing | 12:00-1:30pm | Drop in | Small tent

Artist Keith Sparrow will be holding a drop-in manga drawing session to help you bring to life all manner of woodland spirits and magical beasts. Just bring your imagination! All ages welcome, materials provided. 

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Mazed Tales  | 10:30-11:30am & 2:30-3:30pm 

MAZEDTALES is a collection of the traditional tales of East Cornwall, found in old collections and retold  by local writers and storytellers. The tales have been bought alive again on the streets, in classrooms and by firesides within the transmedia community projects Mazed and Mazed North. 

The tales tell of witches and wreckers on the wild north coast, saints and mermaids in sheltered south, giants on the high moor and everywhere piskies playing. 

www.mazedtales.org | Facebook: @mazedtales / Twitter: @Mazed_Tales

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Stories by the River with The Tintagel Storyteller  |  2pm-5pm

Tales for Adults & Children (ages 5 – 95yrs.) Stories old - Stories new: Some familiar - Some strange. Always entertaining

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The Story Republicans  1:45-2:30pm & 4:45-5:30pm | Marquee

A bright-eyed and colourful band of tale telling troubadours will wow you with Cornish poetry, short stories and songs. Featuring writers such as Charles Causley, Annamaria Murphy and Simon Parker.  Performers Connie Crosby, Keith Sparrow, Nina Hills and Jo Lumber​.

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The Early Bird & the Word Worms | 11:30am-1pm & 3pm-5pm

with Laura Frances Martin

Spot the Early Bird out and about in the woods and help her write down some delicious Word Worms to turn them into even more tasty Book Worms!  

This roving mini-poetry workshop, for small and big word enthusiasts alike, hopes to inspire and help you to create your own tiny poems on the wing.

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Kneehigh Rambles – Bodmin Stories  | 12:00-1pm & 3pm-4pm

As part of Kneehigh’s Rambles programme, local poet Annamaria Murphy began walking the roads less travelled of Cornwall in 2010, collecting stories and memories from people she meets along the way.  Anna then edits and exaggerates the collection, to make an entertaining and often moving living landscape rooted in real people and places.  Anna writes for Kneehigh, Radio 4’s Curious Under the Stars and is Artistic Director of The Writers’ Block and the Story Republic.

For Words in Woods she will be rooted in an armchair, sharing her stories with those who seek her out.

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Rebecca Cobb - The Something   | illustrator talk and sharing | 12:40-1:35pm | Marquee

"Underneath the cherry tree in our garden there is a little hole. I'm sure there is something down there." Join Rebecca for storytelling, drawing and to find out if there is something down that hole after all...

Rebecca is the illustrator of The Something, Aunt Amelia and The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson. 

Find @rebecca_cobb on Twitter and Instagram 

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Amy Lilwall, Writer | Reading and activity | 14:35-15:35 | Marquee

Amy Lilwall is a novelist and teacher of creative writing. Join her for a reading from her debut novel, THE BIGGERERS, a domestic dystopia about big people who keep little people as pets. Then try your hand at describing the extraordinary in a short creative writing exercise.   

Find @amy_lilwall on social media. 


Gilly Ridge, Writer & Illustrator | 16:15-17:15 | Small tent

Bodmin based new author and illustrator Gilly Ridge will be coming along to read her new book, Hank the Hermit Crab; a new children’s book helping to educate nursery age and early years primary school children about ocean pollution, and to help them understand why it is so important to reuse and recycle.

Meet Gilly at Words in Woods or find her on Facebook.

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Guillemot Press is a national award-winning poetry publisher based in Lanhydrock. They will be curating a poetry hour for the Words in Woods festival, Poets in the Woods.  

Poets in the Woods | 3:40-4:40pm | Marquee

Guillemot Press Poetry Hour, Poets in the Woods, will feature these four fantastic poets: 

Sarah Cave is a poet based in Cornwall. Recent books include An Arbitrary Line (Broken Sleep Books) and like fragile clay (Guillemot Press). She has forthcoming titles from Shearsman and KFS.

Andy Brown is Professor of Creative Writing at Exeter University. The author of over ten books, his latest are Bloodlines (Worple), Some Sayings about the River (Hedgehog), Exurbia (Worple) and the edited A Body of Work: Poetry & Medical Writing (Bloomsbury).

Ben Smith is a writer based in Bude. His books include Sky Burials (Worple) and the recently released Doggerland (4th Estate).

Fiona Benson has won numerous awards, including an Eric Gregory and the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize. She was a Faber New Poet and has two collections, Bright Travellers and Vertigo & Ghost published by Cape.  

‘into the woods’ Short Story Competition Winners  | 12-12:30pm | Marquee

Join us as the winning stories from the ‘into the woods’ Short Story Competition are read out, and the talented local writers collect their prizes! The stories will also be published on the intoBodmin website to read at home after the festival. 

Rafi + Friends | Activities & Workshops 11am-12pm | Book signing 12-1pm | Marquee 

Rafi looks forward making special new friends at Words in Woods! 

rafi+friends was formed in 2016 by a group of artists, educators and creatives to produce innovative workshops for schools and other education centres around the world. Rafi’s special friend, Pauline, will be reading her inspiring book ‘Rafi The Refugee Rabbit’. A beautifully illustrated story of about a family looking for a new, safe home. A story of hope and perseverance. Following the story there will be a fun rafi+friends ‘Hopes and Dreams’ drawing based workshop with activities that help connect children all over the world through their hopes and dreams.  All children participating will receive a free gift from Rafi! 

Suitable for children aged 5-11

Rafi+friends believe that by educating young people, the next generation, there is hope for peace.

Find Rafi + Friends on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. 

Book Signing and sales with Lost in Books | 11am-5pm | Small Tent

Lost in Books is a charming, independent bookshop in Lostwithiel, selling new and second-hand books.  Join Lost in Books for book sales and signing in the small tent. 

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Bodmin Railway 

Our friends and project partners Bodmin Railway will be at Words in Woods promoting their very special Wallace and Gromit weekend! Find out more on their website at www.bodminrailway.co.uk 

Family ticket £15 | Adults £7 | Children (3-16) £3.

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