Next week sees the return of the Warwick Words Festival – a popular festival of literature and the spoken word in the heart of the historic town of Warwick.

This year the festival organisers have decided to give the event a new focus on history, hence the name change to Warwick Words History Festival. Bringing together authors and readers to celebrate the rich history and literature of Warwick and the county of Warwickshire, the festival will also showcase history-themed topics from further afield.

From 3rd to 9th October, various beautiful historic buildings around the town centre will be hosting authors and guest speakers at a mixture of morning coffee, afternoon tea, twilight and evening events. The line-up includes acclaimed national and local historians, politicians, poets and writers with a focus on history and historical writing – fact and fiction.

A special treat for Trekkies has been lined up on Saturday 8th October at the Lord Leycester Hospital when television critic and columnist Marcus Berkmann explores the 50-year history of Star Trek and the cultural significance of this iconic sci-fi series.

In the run-up to the main programme, an education project called Warwick Revisited will feature talks, walks, workshops, music and songs – all drawing on the fascinating history of the town of Warwick.

Plus, throughout the coming year, Warwick Words will be presenting a new series of Tea Time Talks in association with the University of Warwick.

With so much to choose from, there really should be something of interest for everyone at Warwick’s inaugural History Festival.

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