EFG Words and Wickets
EFG Words and Wickets, the world’s only cricket literary and music festival, takes place at one of England’s most beautiful cricket grounds, Wormsley, this July.
On the evening of Thursday 24th
July, the festival opens with a gala in the Garsington Pavilion. There’ll be cricket cabaret from authors, actors and comedians, including Andy Zaltzman and Ben Miller, who love, play or work around the game, plus music from Mark Butcher and Joe Stilgoe.
July sees the Authors XI take on a team of Musicians, while around the boundary marquees will buzz with cricket readings, interviews and comedy and plenty of discussion about this summer’s Test series between England and India.
July is John Arlott Centenary Day. On the pitch, in a rematch of 2013, the Authors XI will play the Actors XI – last year Damian Lewis’ side took on an Authors XI, including Sebastian Faulks, Will Fiennes and Tom Holland – while at the boundary edge, David Rayvern Allen, Arlott’s biographer, will regale audiences with tales of his friend and we encourage festivalgoers to try their best in our Arlott impersonation competition. Amongst other contributors, Ed Smith will talk about the art of commentating.
The festival is a family celebration. Children’s admission is just £1 and they can play all day in our entertainment tent for kids, or net with county pros.
For more details, go to www.wordsandwickets.com