Weardale WordFest was established in 2018 in association with NorthPens Writers.

Our aim is to give regional writers a voice and to provide a forum to celebrate the great wealth of local talent. While our focus is community involvement and participation we are always absolutely delighted to welcome visitors to our special corner of the world.

We strive to improve our programme year on year, to be accessible and to reach out to isolated rural areas and groups in our community.

All festival events are free, and we are supported by the Weardale Area Action Partnership, the County Durham Community Arts Team and the Lakes and Dales Co-op.

NorthPens is a community writers’ group based in Weardale. They meet weekly, have published anthologies of their work and run a number of writing projects with community groups and organisations as well as open masterclasses with professional writers.


Meet the Team

WordFest is now managed by a small steering group:

Avril Joy

Phil Mews

Chris Powell

Jamie Tucknutt

Gillian Wales