23rd September - 2nd October 2016

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What's Happening This Year?

What's Happening at Wakefield Lit Fest 2016!

Fri 16

Whispering Woods: The Moon Princess

Whispering Woods

16th September 2016  /   18:00 - 18:00  /   Yorkshire Sculpture Park  /  £10 (£5), u5's free.

Immerse yourself in a creative re-telling of the traditional Japanese tale Moon Princess told amongst the ancient trees at YSP.

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Wed 21

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

Hollie McNish

21st September 2016  /   19:30 - 23:00  /   Unity Works Minor Hall, Wakefield  /  £ pay what you can

Spoken word superstar Hollie McNish supported by Leeds poet Becky Cherriman and local singer songwriter Fran Smith.

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Thu 22

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

Julian Dobson

22nd September 2016  /   19:30 - 21:00  /   Kingswood Suite, Wakefield Town Hall  /  £6 (£5)

Has the age of the internet killed our high streets? Writer and commentator Julian Dobson will outline a radical agenda for their future.

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Fri 23

Jack Sheffield: Star Teacher

Jack Sheffield

23rd September 2016  /   14:00 - 15:00  /   Wakefield Library and Museum  /  

Jack Sheffield is the Leeds-born author of a series of novels about the Headmaster of a Yorkshire village school which began with Teacher, Teacher. Star Teacher is the ninth book in the series.

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED, PLEASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGIES.

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The Red Shed present Ian Clayton

Ian Clayton

23rd September 2016  /   19:30 - 21:00  /   The Red Shed  /  £6 (£3)

A man from Featherstone, in a shed with a pile of books. Ian Clayton, writer, wit, raconteur will be presenting an evening of readings from his books and then answer questions from the audience.

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The Tap and Barrel presents Pontefract Festival of Stories - Poetry Night

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23rd September 2016  /   19:30 - 21:30  /   The Tap and Barrel, 13 Front Street, Pontefract WF8 1AN  /  

Locally-sourced performance poetry plus live music.

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Sat 24

The Hepworth Wakefield present Modern Gods: Religion and British Modernism

24th September 2016  /   10:00 - 17:00  /   The Hepworth Wakefield  /  £25 (£20 Concession / £18.75 Member / £12.50 Student)

Accompanying the exhibition Stanley Spencer: Of Angels and Dirt, this symposium investigates the religious beliefs of a variety of British artists and critics who were active during Spencer’s lifetime. Dr Sarah Turner (Paul Mellon Centre) and Dr Sam Rose (University of St Andrews) will give the keynote addresses.


Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

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The Graffiti Web Book Launch with Claire Walker

The Graffiti Web by Claire Walker

24th September 2016  /   10:30 - 11:30  /   Create Cafe, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2EB  /  £ pay what you can - tickets available on the day

Bring the little ones and big ones to hear this short heroic story of a little spider with a big passion. Told by a storyteller who will pull you into the tiny world of insects and bugs who are in deep trouble, but soon learn to love the spider and his artistic ways. Get interactive and help bring the story to life with sound and props. The book The Graffiti Web is written and illustrated by local artist and author Claire Walker.

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High Noon in Yorkshire

The Grangers

24th September 2016  /   11:00 - 13:00  /   Wakefield Library and Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2DA  /  Free, booking not required.

In The Gangers, the new novel by Wakefield writer Michael Yates, an avenger rides into town looking for the men who killed his best friend. In his saddlebag, he carries a Colt 44. This is no wild west scenario, but Yorkshire.

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Treasured Stories Trail

24th September 2016  /   13:00 - 14:30  /   The Brig, St Mary's Road, Altofts, Normanton WF6 2 JH  /  Free, please book via the festival box office.

Meet lead artist Becky Cherriman and go on a trail around the village exploring its past, present and future through a series of bespoke poems inspired by Becky’s conversations with Altofts residents.

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That Poetry Bloke, Craig Bradley and Infants School Performance

Craig Bradley

24th September 2016  /   15:00 - 16:00  /   The Brig, St Mary's Road, Altofts, Normanton WF6 2 JH  /  Free, please book on the day.

Celebrate the magic, fun and excitement of reading and writing through a fun-filled hour of singing, dancing and rhyming with That Poetry Bloke – Craig Bradley.

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Alftofts Festival in a Day Wrap Party

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24th September 2016  /   18:00 - 21:00  /   The Brig, St Mary's Road, Altofts, Normanton WF6 2 JH  /  Free, please book on the day.

Enjoy an evening packed with performances, spoken word and music from 6-9pm

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The Tap and Barrel presents Pontefract Festival of Stories - Juke Joint

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24th September 2016  /   19:30 - 22:30  /   The Tap and Barrel, 13 Front Street, Pontefract WF8 1AN  /  

A night of blues with live sessions, vinyl records and special guests.

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Sun 25

Attree & Powell: River Walk and Writing and Drawing Workshop

Jake Attree and Robert Powell

25th September 2016  /   10:30 - 16:00  /   The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW  /  £30 (£22)

A waterways walk and workshop facilitated by artist Jake Attree and poet Robert Powell. Exploring part of the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Wakefield. Offering both writing and drawing as expressive media, exploring the interaction between the two. The event also includes a presentation of ongoing river-themed work by Attree & Powell inspired by the rivers Ouse and Foss in York; a 2-hour group walk; a facilitated workshop with final discussion with participants.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE

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Derek Landy: American Monsters

Derek Landy

25th September 2016  /   17:00 - 18:30  /   Westgate Unitarian Chapel, Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1XR  /  £6 (£4) - available on the door (cash only)

International bestselling author of the sensationally successful Skulduggery Pleasant series talks to Joe Kriss about American Monsters – the epic conclusion of the supernatural thriller The Demon Road trilogy.

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The Red Shed present Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas at The Red Shed

25th September 2016  /   19:30 - 21:30  /   The Red Shed, 18 Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 1QX  /  Please book via The Red Shed - tickets go on sale to the public from 30 August, visit www.theredshed.org.uk for more info.

Red Shed Television present Mark Thomas and a special version of his latest show written about The Red Shed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Labour Club and also features the BBC’s The Revolution Will Be Televised. Expect an evening of socialist satirical comedy.

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The Tap and Barrel presents Pontefract Festival of Stories - Global Threads

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25th September 2016  /   19:30 - 22:00  /   The Tap and Barrel, 13 Front Street, Pontefract WF8 1AN  /  

World music session with special guests, live music and vinyl records.

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Mon 26

Bookbinding for Active Minds

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26th September 2016  /   10:00 - 12:00  /   Sandal Library, Sparable Lane, Sandal, WF1 5LJ  /  Free, please book via Sandal Library email sandallibrary@wakefield.gov.uk or call 01924 303 355.

Visit Sandal Library, Wakefield’s pioneering dementia friendly library for this workshop, led by artist Timid Elk (Becca Hoy). Participants will learn the principles of bookbinding and create a unique pamphlet stitched booklet decorated with a selection of vintage maps.

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Reading Between The Lines

26th September 2016  /   13:30 - 15:30  /   Wakefield Library and Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2DA  /  Free, booking not required.

Exploring birth, marriage and death certificates with Wakefield Local and Family History Network.

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After Hours Cathedral History Walk & Talk

Wakefield Cathedral

26th September 2016  /   19:30 - 20:30  /   Wakefield Cathedral, Westmorlnd Street, Wakefield WF11PJ  /  Free, booking not required.

Visit the Cathedral after hours and experience the peace in the centre of the city. See some parts of the Cathedral not usually open to the public and hear stories from the Cathedral’s past.

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Wakefield Civic Society present Billy Liar

Billy Liar

26th September 2016  /   19:30 - 21:00  /   Mechanics' Theatre, Wood Street, Wakefield WF1 2EW  /  £6 (£4) - tickets available on the door

A special screening of the 1963 classic comedy film Billy Liar starring Tom Courtenay and Julie Christie. Based on the novel by Keith Waterhouse and directed by John Schlesinger, the film also features Leonard Rossiter, Wilfred Pickles and Mona Washbourne.

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Not Like Poetry Was At School

The Black Horse Poets

26th September 2016  /   19:30 - 21:00  /   The Exhibition Room, Westgate Studios, 55 Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1BW  /  Free, booking not required.

Come and hear Wakefield’s own Black Horse Poets, who will be reading the best pieces from their informal, monthly meetings. Regular performers and newcomers will ensure this reading is varied, from the heart, and always accessible. Age: 12+

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The Tap and Barrel presents Pontefract Festival of Words - Dissonant Voices

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26th September 2016  /   19:30 - 22:00  /   The Tap and Barrel, 13 Front St, Pontefract, WF8 1AN  /  

Dave Downs in conversation Steve Ely.

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Tue 27

Bookstart Storytimes for the Under Fives

27th September 2016  /   10:30 - 11:00  /   Normanton Library, Market Street, Normanton WF6 2AR  /  Free, booking not required.

Fun, friendly and free sessions for under 5s with stories, song and rhymes – no booking required.

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Write a Cracking Good Short Story

John Irving Clarke

27th September 2016  /   10:30 - 15:30  /   Wakefield Library and Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2DA  /  Free, please book via the festival box office.

A practical approach to writing a great short story for experienced and beginner writers alike. Explore and share approaches to character, setting, plot and the craft of writing with tutor John Irving Clarke.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

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Bookstart Storytimes for the Under Fives

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27th September 2016  /   13:30 - 14:15  /   Wakefield Library  /  Free - no booking required.

Fun, friendly and free sessions for under 5s with stories, song and rhymes – no booking required.

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Wakefield District Sight Aid Short Story Celebration

WDSA

27th September 2016  /   14:00 - 16:00  /   WDSA, Parkside Centre, Leeds Road, Outwood, Wakefield WF1 2PN  /  Free, please visit www.wdsa.org.uk for more info.

Wakefield District Sight Aid launched their very first short story competition for 2016 - submissions of 2,000 words are invited on any theme. Entries will be judged by bestselling novelist Milly Johnson and announced at this special celebration event.

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Kate Hardcastle: The Customer Whisperer

Kate Hardcastle

27th September 2016  /   18:00 - 19:15  /   Unity Works Minor Hall, Unity Works, Wakefield WF11EP  /  Free - please book via the festival box office.

Join Yorkshire born, Kate Hardcastle for an insightful talk, interview with Danni Hewson followed by a Q&A session about getting the most from your customers. PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED.

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Lit from the Pit

27th September 2016  /   19:30 - 21:00  /   National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton WF4 4RH  /  £2, please via www.ncm.org.uk or call 01924 848806.

Author and veteran journalist, Paul Routledge, will read from his anthology of writing from coalfield communities entitled ‘Lit from the Pit’, and will discuss the range and variety of contributions he received through his Daily Mirror column.

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The Good, the Bard and the Ugly

The Good, the bard and the ugly

27th September 2016  /   19:30 - 22:30  /   Henry Boons, Westgate, Wakefield WF1  /  Free, booking not required.

A night of poetry and music featuring poets Martin Christie (Huddersfield), Jimmy Andrex and Simon Widdop (Wakefield), Joe Williams (Leeds) and Bard 2 The Bone (Ian Whiteley and Jeff Dawson from Wigan and Bolton respectively).

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The Tap and Barrel presents Pontefract Festival of Stories - Quiz Night

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27th September 2016  /   19:30 - 22:00  /   The Tap and Barrel, 13 Front St, Pontefract, WF8 1AN  /  

A Yorkshire-themed cultural quiz with live music from Jess Gardham.

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Wed 28

What's in Nino's Box? A creative poetry workshop with Sarah Cobham

Sarah Cobham

28th September 2016  /   10:00 - 11:30  /   Westgate Studios, 55 Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1BW  /  Free, tickets available on the door.

A poetry workshop based on the contents of Nino’s Box. Hidden for over 100 years under the floor boards of a Bolshevik home in Tbilisi Georgia, you will connect with the stories of the artefacts, and give them voice. Based on the novel, Nino’s Song by Leah Cobham, the intrigue of the story will inspire creativity.

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A Sense of Place: creative writing about where I'm from

Ian Clayton

28th September 2016  /   10:00 - 12:00  /   Featherstone Library, Victoria Street, Featherstone, WF7 5BB  /  Free, please book via featherstonelibrary@wakefield.gov.uk or call 01977 722745.

Join writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton for a creative writing workshop.

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Wakefield Cathedral present After Hours History Walk & Talk

Wakefield Cathedral

28th September 2016  /   11:30 - 12:30  /   Wakefield Cathedral, Westmorland Street, Wakefield WF11PJ  /  Free, booking not required.

See some parts of the Cathedral not usually open to the public. Take a tour of the Nave, the Medieval Quire and the newly refurbished Edwardian East End then, descend the stone staircase to visit the Crypt.

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Creative Fusion with Sarah Cobham

Photo by Andrew Edwards

28th September 2016  /   13:00 - 15:00  /   Westgate Studios, 55 Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1BW  /  Free, tickets available on the door.

A very special opportunity for traditional artists, poets, story tellers, musicians and digital photographers to respond creatively to the art work of Andrew Edwards, BBC Radio Leeds presenter, culminating in a presentation which will be streamed live to various media outlets.

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Dr Theatre's Marvellous Medicine Show

Dr Theatre

28th September 2016  /   13:00 - 13:30  /   The Ridings Shopping Centre, Wakefield WF1 1DS  /  Free, booking not required.

Is creativity good for you? Is laughter the best medicine? Dr Theatre is a weekly tonic delivered by HQ Arts – using theatre and laughter to engage older people. Enjoy thirty minutes of fast paced action as Dr Theatre applies his creative cure all.

Performances take place at 1pm and 3pm.

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Wakefield Cathedral present Cathedral History Walk & Talk

Wakefield Cathedral

28th September 2016  /   14:30 - 15:30  /   Wakefield Cathedral, Westmorland Street, Wakefield WF11PJ  /  Free, booking not required.

Take a tour of Wakefield Cathedral and discover parts of the building usually closed to the public. Take a tour of the Nave, the Medieval Quire and the newly refurbished Edwardian East End then, descend the stone staircase to visit the Crypt.

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The Hepworth Wakefield present Stephen Sutcliffe: In Conversation

Stephen Sutcliffe

28th September 2016  /   16:30 - 18:00  /   The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW  /  £8 Full / £6.40 Concession / £6 Member / £4 Student. Please book via www.hepworthwakefield.org or cal 01924 247360

A unique opportunity to hear Stephen Sutcliffe discuss the influences behind Twixt Up and Lip, a newly commissioned video installation based on the play, The Contractor (1969) by the Wakefield-born playwright and novelist, David Storey.

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Hemsworth Art & Community Academy present Crate Stories

Crate Stories

28th September 2016  /   18:00 - 20:00  /   Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy, Wakefield Road, Hemsworth, Pontefract WF9 8AE  /  Free, plesae book via reception@hemsworthacademy.org (placing Crate Stories in the header) or call 01977 624220.

Using packing cases as the stimulus participants will create stories and poems about the journey the crate has been on and the contents that it contains. The completed stories and poems will then be printed out and displayed on the crates.

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THRESHOLD: Songs and Stories of Hospitality by Schwa

Threshold

28th September 2016  /   18:00 - 19:15  /   Wakefield Library and Museum  /  Free, please book via the festival box office.

Come on in and stay a while. Take off your coat and warm yourself by the fire. There are stories to tell, songs to sing. Step over the threshold. Join musicians Peter Spafford, Richard Ormrod and Jacqui Wicks for a relaxed, contemplative evening of music and storytelling over a sherry and a slice of cake.

Tickets available on the door.

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Dreaming Across the Wake Field

Dreaming Across the Wake Field

28th September 2016  /   19:00 - 21:00  /   The Arthouse, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TE  /  Free, drop in.

A poetry reading enhanced by film/animation and visual artwork.

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An Evening with Andrew Edwards, hosted by Sarah Cobham

Andrew Edwards

28th September 2016  /   19:30 - 20:30  /   Westgate Studios, 55 Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1BW  /  Free, tickets available on the door.

An exhibition and talk by Andrew Edwards, BBC Radio Leeds presenter, about his art work with a chance to chat informally with him about his work. An opportunity to see how local artists have responded to Andrew’s work.

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Oscar Wilde in Yorkshire with Geoff Dibb

Oscar Wilde

28th September 2016  /   19:30 - 20:30  /   Treacy Hall, Wakefield Cathedral, Westmorland Street, Wakefield WF1 1PJ  /  Free, tickets available on the door.

Discover more about the lectures Oscar Wilde gave in West Yorkshire based on Geoff Dibb's book, Oscar Wilde - A Vagabond with a Mission. Geoff will give insight into Oscar Wilde's life and writings, his lectures, their subjects and contents and Wilde's reception.

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The Tap and Barrel presents Pontefract Festival of Stories - Knocked Down by a Feather

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28th September 2016  /   19:30 - 22:00  /   The Tap and Barrel, 13 Front St, Pontefract, WF8 1AN  /  

Allan Agar in conversation followed by screening of 1983 Challenge Cup Final, Featherstone Rovers v Hull FC.

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Max Lilleyman & His Band present 'Series of Visions' - an evening of words and music

Max Lilleyman

28th September 2016  /   20:45 - 22:00  /   Unity Works Cafe Bar, Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1EP  /  Free - donations accepted on the night.

An evening of words and music with Max Lilleyman presenting his song cycle - Series of Visions - featuring stories of life, death, time and failure through song and poetry.

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Thu 29

Bookstart Storytimes for the Under Fives

29th September 2016  /   09:30 - 10:30  /   Featherstone Library, Victoria Street, Featherstone, WF7 5BB  /  Free - no booking required.

Fun, friendly and free sessions for under 5s with stories, song and rhymes – no booking required.

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Bookstart Storytimes for the Under Fives

29th September 2016  /   10:30 - 11:00  /   Normanton Library, Market Street, Normanton WF6 2AR  /  Free - no booking required.

Fun, friendly and free sessions for under 5s with stories, song and rhymes – no booking required.

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Ready, Steady, Write!

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29th September 2016  /   10:30 - 12:30  /   Project Space, The Arthouse, Drury Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TE  /  Free, please book via the festival box office.

Want to write, but have no idea where to start? Bring your questions to The Writing Hall’s Q & A panel: a passionate group of published/self-published authors, and publishing, writing and book marketing experts - all on hand to dispel literary myths and offer tailored advice.

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Life Support - Reading, Writing and Sharing Life Stories

Agbrigg Writers

29th September 2016  /   13:00 - 15:00  /   Agbrigg and Belle Vue Community Centre, Montague Street, Wakefield WF1 5BB  /  Free, please book via the Festival Box Office by Tuesday 27 September.

An open session of the Agbrigg Writers, relaxed and friendly, where guests are invited to talk and write about their life stories and contribute towards Life Support, a resulting booklet. Tutored by John Irving Clarke.

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Annabel Pitcher: Silence is Goldfish

Annabel Pitcher

29th September 2016  /   17:30 - 18:30  /   Wakefield Library and Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2DA  /  Free, tickets available on the door.

Silence is Goldfish is the third Young Adult novel from the bestselling and prize-winning author of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece and Ketchup Clouds, in which Tessie-T discovers she's a Pluto and her parents wanted a Mercury or Venus, at least.

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Twenty Eight Shots by Nathan Birkinshaw

Nathan Birkinshaw

29th September 2016  /   19:30 - 20:30  /   Unity Works Minor Hall, Unity Works, Wakefield WF11EP  /  £ pay what you can, tickets available on the door.

There are twenty-eight shots in a seven-hundred-millilitre bottle of vodka, but is there a solution at the bottom? Nathan Birkinshaw presents verbatim piece of theatre exploring the narratives of the Merrie City and our collective relationship with alcohol.

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Literary Quiz with Quizzical Yorkshire

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29th September 2016  /   19:30 - 22:30  /   Unity Café Bar, Unity Works, Westgate WF1 1EP  /  £5 per person, please book via yorkquiz@outlook.com

Fancy flexing your literary muscle? Grab a few friends and put your thinking cap on and join Quizzical Yorkshire for a literary quiz that will test your knowledge from chic lit to crime, satire to science fiction and fantasy to folklore – and everything in between!

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Fri 30

Bookstart Storytimes for the Under Fives

30th September 2016  /   10:00 - 11:00  /   Wakefield Library, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2EB  /  Free - no booking required.

Fun, friendly and free sessions for under 5s with stories, song and rhymes – no booking required.

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The Thin Seam

Ali Bullivent

30th September 2016  /   18:00 - 19:00  /   Westgate Unitarian Chapel, Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1XR  /  Free, please book via the festival box office.

A new lyrical story song by Ali Bullivent, commissioned by the National Coal Mining Museum for England Library, based on the work of prolific writer of coal mining stories Sid Chaplin.

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Speaking Volumes presents Stand Up and Spit

Janine Booth

30th September 2016  /   19:30 - 22:30  /   The Red Shed, Vicarage Street South, Wakefield WF1 1QX  /  £6 (£5)

Speaking Volumes and A Firm of Poets bring Ranting poetry to Wakefield’s Red Shed as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

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28 Shots by Nathan Birkinshaw

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30th September 2016  /   19:30 - 20:30  /   Unity Works Minor Hall, Unity Works, Wakefield WF11EP  /  £ pay what you can, please book via the festival box office.

Nathan Birkinshaw presents a verbatim piece of theatre of theatre exploring the narratives of the Merrie City and our collective relationship with alcohol.

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Sat 01

Yorkshire Sculpture Park and NAEA presents: Hidden Treasures

YSP

1st October 2016  /   11:00 - 15:00  /   National Arts Education Archive at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton WF4 4LG  /  Free

Drop in on Saturday 1 October to meet the National Arts Education Archive staff at YSP, who are on hand to reveal some hidden treasures from more than 100 catalogued collections. This is a rare chance to explore some of the archive's more rare book collection and children's writings.

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Emergency Poet

Emergency Poet

1st October 2016  /   11:00 - 15:00  /   Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, Market Walk, Wakefield WF1 1QS  /  Free, drop in.

Beam joins forces with The Emergency Poet and the Community Food & Health team to offer alternative remedies for your heart and mind.

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Lightwaves Festival in a Day

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1st October 2016  /   12:00 - 21:30  /   Lightwaves Leisure and Community Centre, Lower York St, Wakefield WF1 3LJ  /  Free, drop in.

A one-day festival of reading and writing activities and events at Lightwaves Leisure and Community Centre celebrating the theme ‘This is my story... now tell me yours’, linking with the annual Lightwaves street party fundraiser. Presented in partnership with Lightwaves Community Trust, Next Generation Youth and Community Project, Well Women Centre, Beam and lead artist Shazia Ashraf.


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The Red Shed presents Rugby League Legends

1st October 2016  /   12:30 - 15:00  /   The Red Shed, Vicarage Street South, Wakefield WF1 1QX  /  Free, booking not required. Please visit www.theredshed.org.uk for more info.

Kick off the weekend with a rugby league double by dropping into The Red Shed at 12.30pm and delve into the proud history of Wakefield Trinity with historian Lee Robinson followed by a talk with Neil Fox MBE at 2pm - the all-time RL points record scorer, who'll talk about his illustrious career.

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Women's Writes - More Than Words

1st October 2016  /   15:00 - 17:00  /   Westgate Studios, 55 Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1BW  /  Free

A melting pot of words, music and dance. Artists have collaborated together to bring an evening of more than words to the people of Wakefield.

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LGBT short film screening

1st October 2016  /   18:00 - 19:00  /   Lightwaves Leisure and Community Centre, Lower York St, Wakefield WF1 3LJ  /  Free, booking not required.

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Throwing Mother In The Skip

William Thirsk-Gaskill

1st October 2016  /   19:30 - 21:30  /   The Cluntergate Centre, Cluntergate, Horbury WF4 5DA  /  £5

William Thirsk-Gaskill does a varied spoken word performance, including pieces of his collection Throwing Mother In The Skip, supported by the celebrated Matt Abbott of A Firm of Poets, and the inimitable Rob Reed.

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Alan Johnson - In Conversation with Andrew Edwards

Alan Johnson

1st October 2016  /   19:30 - 21:00  /   Westgate Unitarian Chapel, Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1XR  /  £10 (£8)

The third volume of Alan Johnson's bestselling and award-winning memoirs The Long and Winding Road takes us to the corridors of Westminster and lifts the lid on the life of a hard-working constituency MP. Tickets available on the door (cash sales only).

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Reservoir Rami

1st October 2016  /   19:30 - 20:30  /   Lightwaves Leisure and Community Centre, Lower York St, Wakefield WF1 3LJ  /  £5, please book via the festival box office.

A new comedy in development by Wakefield writer Azar Ashraf, part of Lightwaves Festival in a Day.

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Sun 02

National Coal Mining Museum present Mine All Mine

National Coal Mine Museum for England

2nd October 2016  /   12:00 - 15:00  /   National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton WF4 4RH  /  Free, booking not required.

Poets are the voices for generations of mining communities that might otherwise be silent. Hear these voices, be one of these voices, come and see the Coalshed Poets in performance and popping up around the site. Bring your own coal mining poem and join in. If you don't have one we'll help you write one.

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Nostell Priory present Open Books and Creative Crafts

Nostell Priory

2nd October 2016  /   12:15 - 17:00  /   Nostell Priory, Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield WF4 1QE  /  Various, please visit for www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell for full details.

Nostell is home to one of Yorkshire's key historic libraries with thousands of tomes spread between the Library and Billiard Room. Join the team for a day of activities inspired by the collection, from peeking between the bindings of some of the literary treasures to creative workshops for adults and children.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Publishing with the Society of Young Publishers

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2nd October 2016  /   14:00 - 15:00  /   Project Space, The Arthouse, Drury Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TE  /  Free, please book via the festival box office.

Bookworms often dream of being authors - but did you know there are many other ways to work with books? That you don’t have to publish a novel to be a writer? Established in 1949, the Society of Young Publishers is now open to all ages; catering especially for aspiring publishers and those with less than ten years’ experience. Hosted by the SYP North branch, this crash course will tell you all you need to know about a career in publishing: from job roles to genres and handy hints on getting in.

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A Story from Song

Walton Community Singers

2nd October 2016  /   15:00 - 17:00  /   St Paul's Church, The Balk, Walton, Wakefield, WF2 6JU  /  £3, please book via www.waltonlibrary.org.uk or call 07789 224235.

Walton Community Singers present a programme of song that tell stories of life. With popular songs from the movies and audience participation we will explore story telling at its best showing how written lyrics translate into oral storytelling.

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An Evening with Roger McGough

Roger McGough

2nd October 2016  /   19:00 - 20:30  /   Unity Works Major Hall, Unity Works, Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1EP  /  £15 (£14)

Join festival favourite Roger McGough - described by Carol Ann Duffy as the 'patron saint of poetry' - for a talk and reading from a selection of poems, some old, some classic, some topical and several hot off the back of a referendum voting card.

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