23rd September - 2nd October 2016

Wakefield Lit Fest / Everyone has a story...

Beam is delighted to bring you a packed annual Wakefield Lit Fest programme that celebrates reading and writing from 23 September to 2 October 2016. Taking place across the city and district from community centres, cafes and shops to Wakefield's historic buildings, cathedral, chapels and libraries - each festival programme includes a wide range of community led events including poetry readings, writers workshops, spoken word, performance, music and more alongside an array of events organised by our brilliant festival partners.

We hope that you can join us this year as we celebrate our 5th birthday! Sign up to the newsletter or follow us on social media to stay in touch with all the latest Lit Fest news and festival announcements...

What's Happening This Year?

Fri 16 September Whispering Woods: The Moon Princess /

Wed 21 September A Firm of Poets and Word Life present Unity Words with Hollie McNish, Fran Smith, Becky Cherriman and Firm of Poets /

Thu 22 September Wakefield Civic Society present Julian Dobson: A place to be and a place to belong: town centres for everyone /

Fri 23 September Pop-Up Prose / Jack Sheffield: Star Teacher / The Red Shed present Ian Clayton / The Tap and Barrel presents Pontefract Festival of Stories - Poetry Night /

Sat 24 September Pop-Up Prose / The Hepworth Wakefield present Modern Gods: Religion and British Modernism / The Graffiti Web Book Launch with Claire Walker / High Noon in Yorkshire / Treasured Stories Trail / That Poetry Bloke, Craig Bradley and Infants School Performance / Alftofts Festival in a Day Wrap Party / The Tap and Barrel presents Pontefract Festival of Stories - Juke Joint /

Sun 25 September Pop-Up Prose / Attree & Powell: River Walk and Writing and Drawing Workshop / Derek Landy: American Monsters / The Red Shed present Mark Thomas / The Tap and Barrel presents Pontefract Festival of Stories - Global Threads /

Mon 26 September Pop-Up Prose / Bookbinding for Active Minds / Reading Between The Lines / After Hours Cathedral History Walk & Talk / Wakefield Civic Society present Billy Liar / Not Like Poetry Was At School / The Tap and Barrel presents Pontefract Festival of Words - Dissonant Voices /

Tue 27 September Pop-Up Prose / Bookstart Storytimes for the Under Fives / Write a Cracking Good Short Story / Bookstart Storytimes for the Under Fives / Wakefield District Sight Aid Short Story Celebration / Kate Hardcastle: The Customer Whisperer / Lit from the Pit / The Good, the Bard and the Ugly / The Tap and Barrel presents Pontefract Festival of Stories - Quiz Night /

Wed 28 September Pop-Up Prose / What's in Nino's Box? A creative poetry workshop with Sarah Cobham / A Sense of Place: creative writing about where I'm from / Wakefield Cathedral present After Hours History Walk & Talk / Creative Fusion with Sarah Cobham / Dr Theatre's Marvellous Medicine Show / Wakfield Cathedral present Cathedral History Walk & Talk / The Hepworth Wakefield present Stephen Sutcliffe: In Conversation / Hemsworth Art & Community Academy present Crate Stories / THRESHOLD: Songs and Stories of Hospitality by Schwa / Dreaming Across the Wake Field / An Evening with Andrew Edwards, hosted by Sarah Cobham / Oscar Wilde in Yorkshire with Geoff Dibb / The Tap and Barrel presents Pontefract Festival of Stories - Knocked Down by a Feather / Max Lilleyman & His Band present 'Series of Visions' - an evening of words and music /

Thu 29 September Pop-Up Prose / Bookstart Storytimes for the Under Fives / Bookstart Storytimes for the Under Fives / Ready, Steady, Write! / Life Support - Reading, Writing and Sharing Life Stories / Annabel Pitcher: Silence is Goldfish / Twenty Eight Shots by Nathan Birkinshaw / Literary Quiz with Quizzical Yorkshire /

Fri 30 September Pop-Up Prose / Bookstart Storytimes for the Under Fives / The Thin Seam / Speaking Volumes presents Stand Up and Spit /

Sat 01 October Pop-Up Prose / Yorkshire Sculpture Park and NAEA presents: Hidden Treasures / Emergency Poet / Lightwaves Festival in a Day / The Red Shed presents Rugby League Legends / Women's Writes - More Than Words / LGBT short film screening / Throwing Mother In The Skip / Alan Johnson - In Conversation / Reservoir Rami /

Sun 02 October Pop-Up Prose / National Coal Mining Museum present Mine All Mine / Nostell Priory present Open Books and Creative Crafts / Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Publishing with the Society of Young Publishers / A Story from Song / An Evening with Roger McGough /

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With special thanks to Alison Cassels, Dean Freeman, Terry Hodgkinson, Miles Pinfold, Kevin Trickett, the Beam board and all our fantastic festival partners, writers, performers and volunteers for your continued enthusiasm and support.

We'd also like to thank our programme partners who create and host events that make Lit Fest unique to the district:

Hemsworth Art and Community Academy, The Art House, The Hepworth Wakefield, The Tap and Barrel, National Coal Mining Museum, Nostell Priory, Wakefield Cathedral, Wakefield Labour Club (The Red Shed), Wakefield Libraries and Museums and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

We also extend our thanks to our festival friends at Create, Ridings Shopping Centre, Trinity Walk Shopping Centre and Westgate Unitarian Chapel.

The Beam Lit Fest Team are Hollie Latham Lit Fest Project Manager; with Frances Smith, Kate Watson and Helen Ainsley.

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