Language Lives is a Collaborative Effort

Ipswich Art Association
Ipswich Poetry Group
and amazing volunteers and event coordinators!

Language Lives 2023

Ipswich Poetry Group

Ipswich Poetry Group was founded by Dorothy Laurence in 2001 to bring poets together in a supportive workshop environment and to introduce the oral tradition of poetry to the Ipswich community. They meet monthly.

Ipswich Art Association

The Ipswich Art Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the arts in Ipswich. Our purpose is to support, empower and advocate for all creative and performing arts and artists in Ipswich.

Sarah Vickery

Sarah Vickery facilitates the Ipswich Poetry Group and hosts Zumi's Open Mic. A fundraiser by day, she has deep roots in activist and artistic communities in Boston and the North Shore.

Katherine DeSilva

Katherine is a Ipswich based author and artist.  She is a member is Ipswich Art Association and enjoys spearheading and taking part in events for artists and authors in the North Shore. She has written 3 books and has additional work in progress. 

Language Lives - A Book Festival for the Lovers of Words and the Art that Accompanies It is an extraordinary four-day celebration of literature and art taking place in Ipswich, Massachusetts, from October 5th to October 8th, 2023. This unique festival coincides with Ipswich Illuminations, a beloved annual event in its 14th year, offering a fusion of interactive art installations, live music, poetry, projection, bonfires, and more along the picturesque Ipswich River.

The Language Lives Festival unfolds in three captivating parts:

Poetry Showcase (Thursday, October 5th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm): Kick off Illuminations 2023 at Ebsco Hall with an enchanting evening of verse, spoken word, and lyric poetry. Poets and writers of all styles are invited to share their work during 3, 5, or 8-minute blocks. This event is open to the public, and registration is available online.

Live Storytelling (Friday, October 6th, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm): Dive into the world of storytelling as it comes alive at Ebsco Hall. The evening begins with family-friendly stories of illumination, followed by tales for teens that take you back to high school or college, and concludes with stories focused on language and communication for adult audiences. Notes are welcome, and authors and storytellers can sign up for 5-minute slots.

Weekend Festival Exhibit Hall (October 7th-8th, 2023, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm): Ebsco Hall transforms into an immersive Exhibition Hall where words and art merge to create captivating images and stories. Throughout the weekend, the stage hosts talks, book signings, and engaging activities. Keep an eye on the schedule for details on this diverse and exciting program.

Language Lives is an event that seeks to unite the literary and artistic communities, inspiring generations in the Ipswich area. Collaborating with the Ipswich Public Library, local educators, and organizations like the Ipswich Art Association and Ipswich Poetry Group, Language Lives aims to create a platform for poets, authors, storytellers, illustrators, and artists to showcase their talents and engage with the community.

Whether you're a poetry enthusiast, an aspiring author, an art lover, or simply curious about the intersection of words and art, Language Lives promises a weekend of exploration, inspiration, and creativity. It's a celebration of literature, spoken word, and the visual arts, offering something for everyone.

We invite you to join us as an attendee, performer, exhibitor, or volunteer. This is your chance to immerse yourself in the world of words and art, connect with like-minded individuals, and be part of a vibrant literary and artistic community.

Language Lives - Where Words and Art Converge. Illuminate your passion for creativity in Ipswich!

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