In Other Words is a festival of language based on the power of community and communication, showcasing and creating space for up-and-coming writers / performers and amplifying the voice of the people, not the voice of established institutions. It highlights both written and spoken word, and takes the form of publication, performance, and exhibition using venues around the city, many of them donated for free. Where applicable, the Festival asks for donations to cover running costs rather than charge audiences or artists.
Cambridge Bard - The role of the town Bard is to create and perform original pieces, attend and support local events and annual festival and to celebrate the customs and achievements of the town and its people. The Bard of Cambridge is the voice for the people, and holds the position for roughly a year; their final duty is to pass on the title and oversee the inauguration of their successor. The ‘Chairing’ ceremony to install the new Bard forms the culmination of the In Other Words Festival. The Bard for 2017-18 is Glenys Newton; find out all about her and the very first Bard, Marion Leeper, on our Cambridge Bards pages.