StonyWords 2021

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Date: 15 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2020

Stonywords is Milton Keynes’ annual festival celebrating the Word in all its formats. It brings together poetry, drama, music, literature and more and even in these Covid-constrained times offers something for everyone. Most of the 2021 festival will be online but still promises to inform, enlighten and entertain.

Read on to find out more and in due course consult and posters around the town for details on how to sign up and enjoy Stonywords 2021.

The fortnight starts with The Virtual Bardic Bash and then introduces us to a vivid variety of figures from history including the multi-talented nineteenth century figure Sir Richard Francis Burton, the revolutionary leader Toussaint Louverture, eight unsung heroines from across the centuries and the protagonists of the English Republic. The historical angle continues with an ‘Unconventional History of Britain’ and a look at ‘Black Britain in wartime 1939-45’.

While we can’t travel far at the moment, with Stonywords we can take a trip down the Nile, visit different civilisations through ‘The Map of Knowledge’ and find out what made the Elizabethans laugh. The Bronte children come alive in ‘Glass Town’ and you may or may not want to know who Annie is. For drama fans there is a reprise of ‘The Butcher and Mrs Bennett’ from the Stony Play Readers and for children there is ‘The Mouse who wasn’t scared’ and ‘Goodnight Harry’ along with other stories.

Portions of music, poetry and storytelling come in the shape of a virtual Burns night, music from Mr Simpson’s Little Consort and an episode of Tales Tattled & Told. (The festival was due to close with the annual pantomime – in 2021 it is ‘Twisted Oliver in Stonyland’ – however, this event has been postponed due to Coronavirus Restrictions. It will be rescheduled for later in the year). 

Sounds inviting? Once the website has been updated you will be able to book through Any questions please contact or 01908562025.

Stonywords Programme Overview

Friday 15 January
The Virtual Bardic Bash

Saturday 16 January 
The Nile – Africa’s Longest River: talk by Ray Rowlson

Tuesday 19 January
The Extraordinary Life and Literary Legacy of Sir Richard Burton: talk by Jo Laredo

Wednesday 20 January
 The Map of Knowledge: Violet Moller

Thursday 21 January
Goodnight Harry and other bedtime stories: Storytime
The Butcher and Mrs Bennett: Stony Play Readers

Friday 22 January
The Roaring Girls: Holly Kite

Saturday 23 January
Living with Annie: Simon Christmas
Under Fire: Black Britain in Wartime 1939-45, Stephen Bourne
Glass Town - The Bronte Children Graphic Novel, Isabel Greenberg

         Monday 25 January
Virtual Burns Night

              Tuesday 26 January       
    What Made the Elizabethans Laugh? Emma Smith
    Music from Mr Simpson’s Little Consort

               Wednesday 27 January  
            Island Stories - an Unconventional History of Britain, David Reynolds

                Thursday 28 January      
     The Mouse who wasn’t scared and other adventures: Storytime
     Providence lost - the Rise and Fall of the English Republic, Paul Lay

             Friday 29 January           
Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture, 
Sudhir Hazareesingh

                  Friday 29 - Sunday 31 January    
        Twisted Oliver in Stonyland: pantomime by Stony Stratford Theatre Society - this event has been postponed due to Coronavirus Restrictions. It will be rescheduled for later in the year. Please watch out for revised dates on posters around the town

    Sunday 31 January
                             Tales Tattled and Told                      

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