Festival of Words

Rayleigh U3A ‘Festival of Words’ Study Day

at Saxon Hall on Wednesday 14th November 2012

On Wednesday 14th November 2012 the Rayleigh U3A Book Groups organised a very successful Study Day for over 130 people entitled ‘Festival of Words’ with four invited guest speakers to celebrate the power of the spoken and written word by communication and learning.

Words create conversation and stories using emotive, descriptive and thought provoking sentences. A human way of spreading the ‘word’ imparting news and information.

The speakers were Patrick Wilkins a retired senior Fraud Squad Detective who is a Wandsman at St. Paul’s Cathedral and recently climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest. Roz Hall poet and Comedienne, author and raconteur and winner of the Frinton Literary Festival’s poetry prize and opening the afternoon session Dr Adrian May a lecturer at the University of Essex for Creative Writing and is a poet, songwriter, lyricist and performer of folk music.

One of ‘The Times’ list of top ten wordsmiths, Author and Historian Barbara Erskine, whose books are as atmospheric as words can create closed our memorable day talking about her latest book ‘River of Destiny’.

They each took us on a personal journey giving us a professional voice evoking memories, laughter, song and the written word.

A very successful day enjoyed by a receptive audience (from Rayleigh, Basildon and Billericay, Leigh-on-Sea, Hullbridge, Thorpe Bay, and Canvey Island U3A’s) and amazing speakers who all stayed to the end because ‘they were having fun’.