Ipswich Language Lives

Language Lives

Thursday, October 5th from 6p-9p for a Poetry Showcase
Friday, October 6th from 5:30p-9p for Live Storytelling
Saturday & Sunday from 11a-6p for Speakers, Exhibits, Book Signing and an opportunity to purchase from local creators.

October 5th - Evening Kick-Off Event

Language Lives

Poetry Showcase

October 5, 2023: Thursday “Language Lives: Poetry & Spoken Word” 
6-9pm: Verse, Spoken Word, Lyric Poetry: No matter the style authors are welcome to stand up with never spoken or published, modern or historic, memorized or notes in hand.

The Event will be Emceed by Sarah Vickery ,Poet and facilitator, Ipswich Poetry Group
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.
Poets and Writers can sign up for a 3, 5, or 8 minute block.
Ebsco Hall, 5 Peatfield Street, Ipswich, MA 6pm-9pm.

There is no cost to authors or speakers to take part.
Use Coupon Code: "starving" when you book your time to forgo a $5 donation to operating costs.

October 6th - Evening Event

Live Storytelling Event

Live Storytelling 

October 6, 2023: Friday “Language Lives: Illuminating Stories”
Bring characters, plot and transformation to this live storytelling event. Yes, you can bring notes.
5:30-6:15 pm Stories of Illumination for Families. All Stories must be family friendly and be centered around the concept of light in the world. Stories of the summer in Ipswich under the sun, fireworks, stories of doing good deeds.
Break for Bonfire Lighting on the Riverwalk
6:45-8pm Stories of Illumination for Teens. All stories should take us back in time to high school or college. All ages are welcome to perform; highschool and college age storytellers
8-9pm Stories that focus on Language and how people communicate. Bring stories of confusion, misunderstanding and how what we say and what we mean might not always line up. Stories should be intended for adult audiences.
Ebsco Hall, 5 Peatfield Street, Ipswich, MA 5:30pm-9pm. Authors and readers can sign up for a 5 minute block.

There is no cost to the author & storytellers to take part.
Use Coupon Code: "starving" when you book your time to forgo a $5 donation to operating costs.

October 7-8th - All Weekend

Book Fair

Weekend Festival Expo

October 7-8, 2023: Language Lives Exhibition Hall
11-6pm: Meet visual artists, voice actors, designers, poets, novelists, and writers of all kinds at this unique indoor event. Chat, make connections and find ways to work with other local creators. Ebsco Hall, 5 Peatfield Street, Ipswich, MA Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm.


Literature Workshops

Weekend Festival Programs

October 7-8, 2023: “On the Stage”

Saturday & Sunday 
11-6pm: Throughout the day people are invited onto the stage to take part in specific topics led by a range of community members. Each session will have its own flavor depending on the facilitator.
Ebsco Hall, 5 Peatfield Street, Ipswich, MA Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm.

Language Lives Schedule 2023

Language Lives in Ipswich. Join us for a Book Festival for the Lovers of Words and the Art that Accompanies It.

The Festival is a celebration of the visual & literary arts in northeastern Massachusetts.

All programming is open to the public. Use the link "Attend" to learn more about the Festival.
To learn more about being part of the festival explore the options to perform or exhibit at Language Lives.
Gear Up for Word + Art

On The Stage

Take the Train! Language Lives is easily Accessible by the MBTA

  • From North Station. Commuter Rail (Purple) Ipswich / Newburyport 
  • Ipswich Commuter Rail Station. Upon exiting the train travel right down the platform.  At the end of the platform, turn left towards 5 Peatfield Street, keeping the parking lot on your left. Approximately 0.2 miles.

Venue: Ebsco Hall, 5 Peatfield Street, Ipswich, MA 01938