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Oxford’s North Wall launches new writing festival

Ella Hickson is among playwrights supporting new writing at the inaugural Alchymy festival. Photo: Peter Hickson
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A festival celebrating new writing will take place in Oxford next month.

The inaugural Alchymy festival, based at the North Wall Arts Centre, will present seven new pieces of writing, as well as a series of workshops and discussions with established theatremakers.

It is part of the venue’s 10th anniversary celebrations. The programme includes a panel discussion with female writers Stella Duffy, April de Angelis, Ella Hickson, Ellen McDougall, Katherine Soper and Zoe Cooper.

Theatre critic Lyn Gardner will launch the festival at London’s Arcola Theatre on April 3 with a talk about the challenges facing young theatremakers and writers.

Festival producer Ellie Keel said: “The ethos of Alchymy 2017 is one of collaboration and conversation: creating a lively dialogue around the work that’s being shared, and placing the work of emerging theatremakers alongside that of professionals.”

She added: “We hope that this will help the next generation grow their work while providing a brilliant weekend of entertainment for our audiences.”

Alchymy 2017 runs from April 7 to 9.