The Ways With Words Festival, held annually at Dartington Hall, Devon, has been shortlisted for this year’s Country Life awards in the category Local Country Event.
The shortlist has been whittled down from hundreds of nominations submitted by readers of Country Life and is revealed in this week’s edition of the magazine, available from today.
Readers were asked to nominate an outing that symbolises all that is best in Britain and pulls the community together. The resultant shortlist features five events, including Ways With Words, and is markedly diverse.
The four other contenders are: The Southwell Ploughing Match and Show, Nottinghamshire; The Boxing Day Duck Race, Bibury, Gloucestershire; The Eat Dorset Food Fair and The Hawkridge Revel, Exmoor.
The winner will be chosen by a judging panel of Melvyn Bragg, Sue Lawley, Viscount Linley, the Duchess of Devonshire, Cath Kidston and Mark Price, managing director of sponsor, Waitrose. It is expected that the results will be announced in the next edition of Country Life, published on Wednesday, October 14.
Ways With Words’ Festival Director, Kay Dunbar, told Arts+Culture: “We’re delighted that Ways With Words has been included on such an intriguing shortlist. The festival has become a highlight of the year for so many people. They return each year to share in the pleasure and power of books, words and ideas and, of course, to enjoy the spectacular surroundings of Dartington itself.