StonyWords 2020

Venue: Various locations around Stony Stratford Various locations around Stony Stratford
Date: 17 Jan 2020 - 02 Dec 2019

StonyWords 2020

StonyWords is the annual celebration of the word in all its formats. It was the first literary festival in Milton Keynes and continues to go from strength to strength. In 2020, it will run from January 17 to February 2.

The full programme with details of how to book tickets will be available on However, here is a taster of what is already arranged.

The festival will start with the Annual Bardic Trials taking place at York House. This is the opportunity to be elected the voice of the community, writing pieces to celebrate and champion what Stony does over the year.

There will also be two evenings of storytelling bookending the festival: A Night of Nasruddin on January 18 and Tales Tattled and Told – the Stony Edition on February 2.

The annual pantomime – this year Peter Pan in Stonyland – will take place on January 31, February 1 and 2.

There will be talks on Four English Hymns and Sicily. Stony Scala Film Club is holding a showing of the award winning film Girl. There will be creative writing workshops and lunchtime poetry. And the premiere of a new play about the murder at Calverton Manor in 1694.

We have visits from national writer Kevin Crossley-Holland, Robert Poole (Peterloo – the English Uprising), Lauren Johnson (The Shadow King – Henry VI), Beth Gardiner (Choked – the Age of Air Pollution), David Edgerton (The Rise and Fall of the British Nation) and Nicholas Higham (King Arthur – The Making of a Legend).

Finally, we have an evening of drama, music and images entitled Peterloo and its Legacy.

Come and join us at one or all of the events.

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