Market Rasen WordFest

Saturday 6 July 2024

Get ready for WordFest this summer with a great line-up of literature themed events throughout the day!

Spark your inner creative by sharing your stories and passions through language and words. Market Rasen Library will be open from 10am to 4pm and there will be a Bookshop Café at the Advocate Arms where you can browse a book, leave a review, sit and chill with a coffee in a quiet corner and meet like-minded book people. Ride the Ice Cream Line Vintage Book Bus to North Willingham ice-cream parlour.

There’s a full day of literary events planned, from author talks and history walks.

Take a look at what's on... more details are to be added so keep an eye on this page for regular updates.

Literature Village on the Market Place

10am to 4pm, Market Place, LN8 3HL

Find book related stalls, authors and other traders, children’s entertainment and more. Join us in the Book Barn (under the Auction Shed) where the Broadbent Theatre will have books, storytelling and fun for children. Also joining us will be the Ally Pally Story Emporium and Oskar with his magic accordion. There will also be a fabulous vintage carousel for children throughout the day. 

Vintage Book Bus Rides - Ride the Ice Cream Line!

10 am to 4pm, Leaving from the Market Place on the hour.

A vintage Lincolnshire Bus will be touring the town centre and travelling to North Willingham stopping at Wrights Ice Cream Parlour. Hop on for a free ride down Nostalgia Lane. Drop off points at the Old Police Station, Library car park. Bus leaves the Market Place on the hour from 10 am until 3pm and will depart North Willingham ice cream parlour on the half hour, first departure 10.30 am, last departure 3.30 pm.

Programme Of Events

This is out programme of events so far. All events are free to attend, however we advise you to book in advance by contacting Market Rasen Town Council on 01673 842479 or email communitymanager@marketrasentc.co.uk to reserve your place. Tickets will also be available on the day, for events with space still available, from the booking office in the Market Place

Written Word Talk with Caroline Foster

10am to 11am, Market Rasen Library, Mill Road, LN8 3BP

Local historian Caroline Foster will be reading from "A Moment in Time" which is a collection of written work by library users who were invited to record significant events and memories about life in Market Rasen. Light refreshments will be served.

Caroline Foster is an authority and well-known local historian, as well as published author. She generously gives her time to support local library users and visitors who want to know more about the past – both family and local history.

Words In Special Places – Ian Gouge

10.45am to 11.30am, The Old Police Station and Courtroom, Dear Street, LN8 3BH

Ian Gouge In 2023 Ian Gouge performed his poetic monologue Crash at the Ripon Theatre Festival (and which he hopes to reprise in Market Rasen in the autumn). In the Courthouse - possibly reading from the dock! - he will read another dramatic monologue - Bound - which is at present a work-in-progress.

Heritage Walk and Talk – Wolds Women of Influence

11am to 12pm, meet at the Market Place

Discover the stories about influential women from Market Rasen’s past – women who ran businesses, set up schools. Learn about the Boucherett sisters who influenced national events during their eventful lifetimes. Join Dr Caroline Mogg, principal researcher of the Wolds Women of Influence heritage project. The walk will last approximately 45 minutes with time to hear more about the women who feature in the six stories on the town’s heritage trail.

Author Reading and Discussion

11.15am to 12pm, The Advocate Arms, Queen Street, LN8 3EH

Keith Rylands-Bolton will discuss nature writing in the context of his work. His published novel 'Trying Times for Sebastian Scattergood' is in part a nature diary, the hero quotes extensively from Gilbert White, Dorothy Wordsworth, Edward Thomas, Roger Deakin.

Words in Special Places – TBC

11.30 – 11.45 The Library, Mill Road, LN8 3BP

Author Reading and Discussion 

12.30pm to 1.15pm, The Advocate Arms, Queen Street, LN8 3EH 

Ian Gouge will read a selection of short prose and poetry. He will use these to offer insights into his writing journey from its beginnings when he was a child all the way through to his 2024 publications. The session will be interactive with the audience more than welcome to ask questions along the way. He hopes you will join him! 

Readings in Lincolnshire Dialect -  Loretta Rivett

12.30 to 1pm & 2pm to 2.30pm, The Old Police Station and Courtroom, Dear Street, LN8 3BH

Join Loretta Rivett, the acclaimed doyen of the Lincolnshire accent and dialect as she reads works written in the Lincolnshire dialect. Enjoy a bit of Linkisheere chitter n’ jabber!

Heritage Walk and Talk – Wolds Women of Influence

1.30pm to 2.30pm, meet at the Market Place

Discover the stories about influential women from Market Rasen’s past – women who ran businesses, set up schools. Learn about the Boucherett sisters who influenced national events during their eventful lifetimes. Join Dr Caroline Mogg, principal researcher of the Wolds Women of Influence heritage project. The walk will last approximately 45 minutes with time to hear more about the women who feature in the six stories on the town’s heritage trail.

Writing a Thriller

2pm to 3pm, Market Rasen Library, Mill Road, LN8 3BP

Join Louth-based author Nick Louth to learn more about how to write nail biting thrillers that will have readers on the edge of their seats.

Jazz Chill Out Session on the Market Place

1.30 pm to 3.30 pm, Auction Shed, Market Place

Get into the groove with Four to the Bar! Join us for swinging jazz that's guaranteed to lift your spirits. Don't miss out on the fun, catch us live and enjoy smooth tunes and toe-tapping rhythms.

WORDS IN SPECIAL PLACES - TBC

3.15pm to 3.45pm The Library, Mill Road, LN8 3BP

Peter Pan The Musical

Market Rasen Leisure Centre, Gainsborough Road, LN8 3JW

Join us for this incredible outdoor theatre experience! Get ready to think happy thoughts and fly high as the mischievous Peter embarks on an awfully big adventure, introducing Wendy Darling to the lost boys, the cheeky Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and a host of other exciting characters before facing the most feared villain of them all, the infamous Captain Hook!

Book tickets

Market Rasen WordFest has been organised by West Lindsey District Council in partnership with Market Rasen Town Council and is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.