The Wise Words Festival, a festival to reawaken wonder and and encourage curiosity, takes place every year throughout Canterbury. Poets, authors, musicians, artists, actors and dreamers fill the streets of the city. They can be found in the parks and coffee shops, museums and library, with other performances in the local theatres, giving impromptu recitals, playing word games and encouraging debate.
I had hoped to attend on the Saturday but the rain kept me inside for most of the day, snuggled up with big cups of tea. I made sure I headed into town on the Sunday though to catch the final day of the Festival.
The festival promises to spark your imagination and it certainly got mine going.
tourist information stand offers tours of the city that are not always what you expect, with the stories told tailored to your mood, personality or even favourite colour. You could go and listen to stories and poetry being recited in the Yurt tent in the Franciscan Priory gardens.
If I have one criticism of the festival it would be around marketing. It was really hard to know where anything was as although I had a timetable I didn't have a map which meant I am sure I missed lots of attractions, especially ones based inside buildings. There was also very little external marketing about it, with most of my friends completely unaware that it was on!
I am glad I found the Imaginarium, an Alice in Wonderland experience. A world populated with tea parties and red roses whilst the Imaginarium has games and puzzles that invite you to explore the landscape around you...
When you next visit I'll take you in, through the looking glass...