Link to Edwin Waugh's writings and those of other 'minor' Victorian writers -
Please see OUTSIDE EVENTS for details of the National Dialect Festival to be held in Blackpool, 18 to 20 October 2019
The Waugh's Well Walk will be held this year on 4th May 2019. Please see the HOME page for details.
The Time Machine 1st and 2nd June 2019 from 11am to 4pm
Venue - In the church of St. Mary's in the Baum
This will be a market place of some of Rochdale's oldest clubs and societies who will be displaying and talking about their history in the hope to encourage new members.
The Edwin Waugh Dialect Society has been asked to provide a stall at this event to showcase our society.
There will be dialect books for sale and dialect poetry readings.
Other activities will be taking place in the Pioneers Museum and the Baum pub.
Rawtenstall Annual Fair 6th and 7th July 2019
Venue - Whittaker Park Museum
The Edwin Waugh Dialect Society will also be having a book stall and possible poetry readings at this event.
Members of the society are invited to take part at both the above events.
We are planning on a walk on the third Saturday in July to be followed by tea - or if you wish, just come for the tea.
Details to be announced.
NATIONAL DIALECT FESTIVAL 2018
Congratulations to two of our members who won cups in this event held in Blackpool, 19th - 21st October 2018
Ron Williams won the Samuel Laycock Cup for the best poem in Lancashire dialect.
Frank Gibson won the Eric Topping Cup for the best performance piece.
Brendan Hawthorne from the Black Country won the Bill O Bows Cup for the best poem in any dialect.
Bolton Station Community Gala 30th June 2018
Report from Sally Williams
The Society was invited to partake in the community event by Prof Paul Salveson MBE, celebrating the last steam train to leave Bolton Station which was fifty years to the day Saturday June 30th.
There we had a stall where we sold quite a few of our donated books and invited people to have words translated into the Lancashire dialect.
Three members dressed in Victorian costume which drew quite a lot of attention as Alyson and Michael read Edwin Waugh’s dialect poetry.
The stall attracted quite a few people interested in the Lancashire dialect, who were eager to chat to us about dialect and different pronunciations, so we were happy to inform and learn new dialect words ourselves.
A few writers also showed interest and it was lovely to hear of their writing of their particular dialect.
We gave out quite a few syllabuses in the hope that they may attend our meetings. I do think we generated quite a lot of interest as the stall proved quite popular.
All in all a good day and we are happy to say we sold books to the value of sixty one pounds.