Crawley in West Sussex doesn’t have a rich literary heritage, which is not surprising for a relatively new town, however Crawley Library have been working hard for many years in trying to raise this profile with author talks, book readings, book swaps etc. and a few years back, I spend a pleasant evening (with many others) in the company of crime author Peter James.
This April and May (Thursday, April 23rd – Thursday May 7) sees the fifth anniversary of WORDfest, a two-week celebration of all things literary. There are opportunities to meet local authors, a lunchtime talk about Sikh WW1 veterans convalescing in Brighton Pavilion, and an open air event at Worth Park, but pick of the bunch for me is Dark and Stormy on 6 May, an evening with crime writers from Beach Hut Writers, a group of writers who base their novels in and around Brighton.
Almost all of the events are free and can be checked out at: http://www.wordfestcrawley.org