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?

No events scheduled as yet.

Our Supporters



With special thanks to Alison Cassels, John Clarke, Ian Clayton, Dan Conboy, Steve Dearden, Murray Edwards, Dean Freeman, Stephen May, Kevin Trickett, Sara Unwin, Michael Wood, Andy Wright and to all our fantastic festival partners, writers, performers and volunteers for your continued enthusiasm and support.

The Beam Lit Fest Team: Hollie Latham & Natalie Walton, Lit Fest Co-ordinators; with Frances Smith, Robert Powell, Emma Butler, Suzie Cross, Helen Ainsley and Rachel Price.