Breakfast Show host, Chris Hawkins - judge in songwriting contest

Organisers of the Nantwich Words & Music Festival are to stage the event’s first songwriting competition to mark its tenth year.

And the contest will be judged by industry experts, including BBC Radio 6 Music’s Early Breakfast Show host Chris Hawkins (pictured).

The competition invites budding songwriters to submit their original music.

The panel will also include co-directors of the festival, top 40 singer/songwriter Thea Gilmore and producer/songwriter Nigel Stonier.

Top three entrants will get the chance to perform at the annual festival, which in previous years has hosted the likes of Ian McCulloch from Echo and the Bunnymen, The Magic Numbers and Badly Drawn Boy.

The winning songwriter will also get the chance to record their music at Airtight Studio in Greater Manchester, with support from internationally acclaimed producer, Nigel Stonier.

Chris Hawkins said: “It’s such a great pleasure to be a small part of a festival that not only celebrates established music greats, but also gives new artists the opportunity to shine.”

Organisers of the festival recently announced headlining acts for the 2017 event which runs from October 9 to 15.

Audiences are now buying tickets to see alternative rock band THERAPY? as well as poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Tom Robinson and Band, all performing in intimate venues across the town.

The festival has grown from strength to strength, beginning its journey over a two day period in 2008 and now attracting visitors from across the world for the week long celebration of live, original music and poetry.

Full terms and conditions of the songwriting competition are available at

Deadline for entering is September 11, 2017.

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