What Happened This Year?

What Happened at Wakefield Lit Fest 2014!

Thu 18

The Knowledge Emporium

The Knowledge Emporium - Slung Low

18th September 2014  /   10:00 - 16:00  /   Trinity Walk Shopping Centre  /  Free, drop-in

We all know at least one thing that no-one else knows and this summer is your chance to share it as theatre company Slung Low invites you into The Knowledge Emporium to celebrate the knowledge that makes you unique.



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Dr Jonathan Foyle - 'A Bed of Roses: Henry VII and Elizabeth of York's Marriage Bed Rediscovered'

Dr Jonathan Foyle

18th September 2014  /   19:30 - 21:00  /   The Orangery  /  £10/£7

In 2010, an old bed was bought at auction. It proved to be an astonishing discovery. Research showed it to have been made in 1485 and that it was most likely commissioned after Henry VII’s accession to celebrate his marriage to Elizabeth of York and the end of the War of the Roses. 

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Fri 19

The Knowledge Emporium

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19th September 2014  /   10:00 - 16:00  /   Trinity Walk Shopping Centre  /  Free

We all know at least one thing that no-one else knows and this summer is your chance to share it as theatre company Slung Low invites you into The Knowledge Emporium to celebrate the knowledge that makes you unique.

 

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Jackie Kay with Zaffar Kunial

Jackie Kay

19th September 2014  /   19:30 - 21:30  /   Westgate Unitarian Chapel  /  £10/£7

Scottish born Poet and Writer Jackie Kay reads from a selection of her most recent works including her collection of poems ‘Fiere’ (Costa Shortlisted) and new collection of short stories ‘Reality, Reality’alongside new and unpublished poetry.

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Sat 20

'Sloganism' with The Print Project

The Print Project

20th September 2014  /   10:00 - 17:00  /   Trinity Church Ossett  /  £3, Booking essential via sara@beam.uk.net/ 01924 215 550

'Keep Calm And Carry On', 'Wake Up And Smell The Coffee', 'It’s Nice To Be Nice', 'Have a Nice Day'. We can say a lot in a few words. Come and explore the power of words in our print-making workshop with printer Nick Loaring from The Print Project. 

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Big Book Swap Shop

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20th September 2014  /   10:00 - 11:00  /   Trinity Church Ossett  /  Free

Do you have a favourite book, would you like to share it with someone else? Pop along to the Ossett Observer's Big Book Swap Shop and share your love of your favourite book.

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Pop Up Cafe

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20th September 2014  /   10:00 - 17:00  /   Trinity Church  /  

‘The Travelling Tea ladies’ will be popping up in Ossett to bring you delicious cakes and bakes with a vintage twist.

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Pop Up People's Museum - Memories of Ossett Observer

20th September 2014  /   10:00 - 17:00  /   Trinity Church Ossett  /  Free

Established in 1864, Ossett Observer was for 122 years the town’s newspaper. Were you ever in it? Have you got any memorabilia, photographs, and stories to tell?

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The Knowledge Emporium

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20th September 2014  /   10:00 - 16:00  /   Trinity Walk Shopping Centre  /  Free

We all know at least one thing that no-one else knows and this summer is your chance to share it as theatre company Slung Low invites you into The Knowledge Emporium to celebrate the knowledge that makes you unique.



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Ossett Story Walk with Susanna Meese

Susanna Meese

20th September 2014  /   11:00 - 12:00  /   Start: Ossett Library, Finish: Trinity Church Ossett  /  Free, booking essential

Join Susanna Meese on a story walk with tales of courage, community and remembrance. Starting at Ossett Library we will wend our way through the town to finish at Trinity Church.

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'Ossett There, Bus it Back' with A Firm of Poets

A Firm of Poets

20th September 2014  /   12:00 - 14:00  /   Arriva 127 Bus (Meet at Ossett Bus Station)  /  Free, bus charges apply

Join ‘A Firm Of Poets’ for a voyage in verse on the 127 Bus between Ossett and Wakefield. These intrepid wordsmiths will make you laugh, they'll make you think and they’ll break your heart.

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Ossett Almanacs - 'Book in a Day' Workshop with Ian Clayton

Ian Clayton

20th September 2014  /   12:30 - 14:00  /   Trinity Church Ossett  /  Free, booking essential

In celebration of 150 years of printing in Ossett, Ian Clayton, writer and broadcaster, will work with the people of the town to create a ‘Book in a Day’.

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Doodle Ventures - Adventures in Storytelling

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20th September 2014  /   13:00 - 13:30  /   Trinity Church Ossett  /  Free

Join Artist Fabric Lenny as he doodles his way through new family friendly adventure stories, aided by Musician Ric Neale, some paper and a marker pen. 

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Hallam Writers - 'To do or not to do?' What a Masters in Creative Writing can lead to

Hallam Writers

20th September 2014  /   14:00 - 15:30  /   The Orangery  /  Free

Bestselling and prizewinning graduates - Jude Brown, Susan Elliot Wright, Marian Iseard, James Russell and Beverley Ward - read their fiction and discuss their individual successes post Sheffield Hallam’s acclaimed MA in Writing.

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Doodle Ventures - Adventures in Storytelling

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20th September 2014  /   14:00 - 14:30  /   Trinity Church Ossett  /  Free

Join Artist Fabric Lenny as he doodles his way through new family friendly adventure stories, aided by Musician Ric Neale, some paper and a marker pen.

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Dylan Thomas Centenary 1914 - 2014 Under Milk Wood with St Austin's Players

St Austin's Players

20th September 2014  /   14:30 - 16:30  /   St Austin's Community Centre  /  £5/£3

Marking the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, St Austin’s Players will be performing a rehearsed reading of what is probably his most famous work, ‘Under Milk Wood’.

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Doodle Ventures - Adventures in Storytelling

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20th September 2014  /   15:00 - 15:30  /   Trinity Church Ossett  /  Free

Join Artist Fabric Lenny as he doodles his way through new family friendly adventure stories, aided by Musician Ric Neale, some paper and a marker pen.

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'Word on the Wing'

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20th September 2014  /   16:00 - 17:00  /   Trinity Church Ossett  /  Free

Connecting Ossett and Wakefield in winged words, the festival has commissioned a flock of pigeons to create a new poem for Wakefield. The verses will be created by Ossett schoolchildren and carried on the wing to the town. 

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Roger McGough - 'As Far As I Know'

Roger McGough

20th September 2014  /   19:30 - 21:30  /   Trinity Church Ossett  /  £13/£10

A new book of poems by Roger McGough is always an event and 'As Far As I Know' is truly a cause for celebration. Hilarious and surreal, he is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough's characteristic wit and wordplay too. 

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Dylan Thomas Centenary 1914 - 2014 Under Milk Wood with St Austin's Players

St Austin's Players

20th September 2014  /   19:30 - 21:30  /   St Austin's Community Centre  /  £5/ £3

Marking the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, St Austin’s Players will be performing a rehearsed reading of what is probably his most famous work, ‘Under Milk Wood’

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Sun 21

Poetry Day with Simon Armitage - 'Poems in a Playful City'

Simon Armitage

21st September 2014  /   12:00 - 17:30  /   The Orangery  /  £35/ £27

A unique chance, open to new and experienced poets alike, to work with Simon Armitage, one of the UK’s leading poets, alongside other poetry workshop leaders. 

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The Knowledge Emporium Performance 'What Wakefield Knows!'

The Knowledge Emporium - Slung Low

21st September 2014  /   13:00 - 14:00  /   Trinity Walk Shopping Centre  /  Free, drop-in

The Knowledge Emporium is a sweetshop with one big difference: it doesn’t take money. It trades sweets for knowledge - your knowledge, your stories, your recipes or anecdotes or beliefs for sweets.

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Simon Armitage - The Northern Launch of 'Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014'

Paper Aeroplane

21st September 2014  /   18:00 - 19:30  /   Westgate Unitarian Chapel  /  £10/ £7

This year celebrates the 25th anniversary of Simon Armitage’s first collection 'Zoom', and Faber is marking the occasion by publishing ‘Paper Aeroplane: Poems 1989–2014’, a new selection of his work.

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Solved! The Wakefield Wireless Mysteries

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21st September 2014  /   20:00 - 22:00  /   The Orangery  /  Free

Wakefield’s renowned medieval Mystery Plays presented in modern language. Noah’s Flood: with splashy sound effects. Cain and Abel: the first whodunit. Abraham: an everyday tale of nomadic folk.

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Mon 22

'Every Photo Tells a Story' - Writing Workshop

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22nd September 2014  /   10:00 - 12:00  /   Castleford Forum  /  £5/ £3, Booking essential

Join writer John Irving Clarke and Curator John Whitaker to explore how photographs can act as a powerful stimulus in writing. Bring along a photo which is important to you or select one from the archives.

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'Women Talk' - a Poetry Workshop for Women with Sarah Cobham

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22nd September 2014  /   15:00 - 17:00  /   The Well Women Centre, Trinity Church Gate  /  Free, booking essential via Alison Rowe 01924 211 114 / Alisonevolve@wellwomenwakefield.org.uk

Using poetry to explore the realities women face in life, you are invited to share and give voice, through the spoken and written word, to experiences that have shaped you. 

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'Poem Portraits' - Poetry Workshop with Peter Spafford

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22nd September 2014  /   17:30 - 19:00  /   The Orangery  /  £5/£3

A Poem Portrait is a picture of a person in words. Peter Spafford has written nearly a hundred Poem Portraits over the last eighteen months, both for exhibitions and as private commissions.

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Stephen May 'Wake Up Happy Every Day'

Wake Up Happy Every Day

22nd September 2014  /   19:00 - 20:00  /   Wakefield Library  /  Free, booking essential

Stephen’s first novel ‘Tag’ won the Reader’s Choice Award at the Wales Book of the Year 2009. His second‘Life! Death! Prizes!’ was shortlisted for Costa Novel of the Year 2012. Stephen will be talking about his third novel ‘Wake Up Happy Every Day’

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Watery Wanderings - Guided Walk

Newmillerdam Boathouse

22nd September 2014  /   19:00 - 20:15  /   Meet at the main Newmillerdam car park  /  Free, booking essential

Enjoy diverse local, historical and contemporary water related readings, whilst being guided around the pleasant lake and woodlands at Newmillerdam, including a rare chance to peek inside the Newmillerdam Boathouse which will be hosting work by Wakefield's Black Horse Poets.

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'This Sporting Life' - Film Screening, (Rated 12)

This Sporting Life

22nd September 2014  /   19:30 - 21:45  /   Theatre Royal Wakefield  /  £6/ £4

The film This Sporting Life is based on the novel and screenplay by Wakefield-born author David Storey. Directed by Lindsay Anderson, and starring Richard Harris as a rugby league footballer, it is set in and around Wakefield. 

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The Liars' League

22nd September 2014  /   19:30 - 21:30  /   The Orangery  /  £5/£3

Writers write; actors read; audience listens; everybody wins.

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Tue 23

Storytime for Under 5's

23rd September 2014  /   13:30 - 14:30  /   Wakefield Library  /  Free, Drop-in

Join Wakefield Library staff for stories and rhymes.

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Speaking Volumes

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23rd September 2014  /   14:00 - 16:00  /   National Trust at Nostell Priory  /  £12 Booking essential (through Nostell 01924 863 892)

Nostell’s historic library contains 7000 books and manuscripts collected over nearly 500 years. Join National Trust Collections Manager, Chris Blackburn, for a private talk to discover how this wonderfully preserved library was used to educate, inspire and entertain generations of one family.

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Christine McMahon - Storytelling Workshop

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23rd September 2014  /   14:00 - 16:30  /   Wakefield Library  /  Free, booking essential

Christine McMahon is a vibrant storyteller with an international reputation and a love of traditional folktales, particularly those with a link to her Northern roots. Join Christine to try your skills as a storyteller and storymaker. 

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'On Tenterhooks' - Folktales with the Occasional Sheep

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23rd September 2014  /   19:00 - 20:30  /   Wakefield Library  /  Free, booking essential

Christine McMahon brings her own special warmth and humour to suspenseful stories from our own backyard. 

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Black Horse Poets present: 'Wakefield Voices'

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23rd September 2014  /   19:00 - 21:00  /   Henry Boons  /  Free

Live performance? Lively performance! Hear the best in poetry and music as Wakefield’s Black Horse Poets introduce their first ever disc. 

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Will Self 'Shark'

Will Self

23rd September 2014  /   19:30 - 21:00  /   Unity Hall (Doors from 7pm)  /  £10/ £7 Tickets for this event are available via the Unity Hall Box Office

The biggest shark attack in history – a thrilling new novel based on incredible real events, from one of Britain's most brilliant novelists. 

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Wed 24

'Every Photo Tells a Story' - Writing Workshop

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24th September 2014  /   10:00 - 12:00  /   Wakefield Museum  /  £5/ £3, Booking essential

Join writer John Irving Clarke and Curator John Whitaker to explore how photographs can act as a powerful stimulus in writing. Bring along a photo which is important to you or select one from the archives.

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A Defence Against the Dark Arts - writer's block and how to beat it

24th September 2014  /   14:00 - 16:00  /   Wakefield Library  /  Free, booking essential

What stops us from writing? In this practical, hands-on workshop, York novelist N.E.David will help you formulate a strategy to overcome Writers’ Block, that little local difficulty in being able to find the right words.

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Lit Fest at Wakefield Artwalk, featuring Wakefield Writer's Fair

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24th September 2014  /   17:00 - 21:00  /   The Orangery and various city centre venues  /  Free, Drop-in

Join us at The Orangery for a host of activities spanning the worlds of literature and visual art during Wakefield’s bi-monthly Artwalk, including photographer Claire McNamee’s ‘Writer Portraits’ exhibition.

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Barriers or Boundaries?

24th September 2014  /   17:00 - 21:00  /   The Well Women Centre at King Street  /  Free, Drop-in

What is the difference? By using boxes, each side displaying a single word, you are invited to created a Haiku exploring the theme of imprisonment, whilst inside the box lies a poem waiting to be heard. 

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Bush Craft Story Writing Around the Campfire for Boys

24th September 2014  /   18:00 - 19:30  /   Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Junior School, 158 Northgate  /  Free. Booking essential via office@wgsf.co.uk

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel this event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Get back to nature and join us for an outdoors workshop to inspire and engage creative writing in adventurous young boys (suitable for boys in Year 2/ Aged 6 yrs). 

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John Sunderland - ​‘On My Way to Jorvik’

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24th September 2014  /   19:00 - 20:15  /   Wakefield Library  /  Free, booking essential

Wakefield born John Sunderland, author of ‘On My Way to Jorvik’, reveals with great Yorkshire wit how he came to design the original Jorvik Viking Centre. 

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Scriptophilia

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24th September 2014  /   20:30 - 22:00  /   The Orangery  /  £5/ £3

Join us for the 'Lit Fest at Artwalk' after-party with poems and songs about shopping lists, kitchen appliances, and death, plus musical settings of work by famous poets too dead to object. 

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Thu 25

'Dead Ink' - In Conversation

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25th September 2014  /   18:00 - 19:30  /   The Orangery  /  Free

Contemporary fiction publisher Dead Ink invites you to take part in and celebrate the launch of two novels from debut Wakefield-born authors SJ Bradley 'Brick Mother' and Richard Smyth 'Wild Ink'. 

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Joanne M. Harris - 'The Gospel of Loki'

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25th September 2014  /   20:00 - 21:30  /   Westgate Unitarian Chapel  /  £10/ £7

The first adult epic fantasy novel from multi-million-copy bestselling author Joanne Harris. 'The Gospel of Loki' is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods - retold from the point of view of the world's ultimate trickster, Loki.

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Fri 26

Interactive Story time and Puppet Show for Pre-School Children

26th September 2014  /   09:15 - 11:30  /   Mulberry House Nursery, Margaret Street  /  Free, booking essential via office@wgsf.co.uk

Come and take part in a special interactive story time and puppet show (for children 0-4 years) – where stories come to life and imaginations take off! Refreshments provided and plenty of fun for all.

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Storytime for Under 5's

26th September 2014  /   10:00 - 11:00  /   Wakefield Library  /  Free, drop in

Join Wakefield Library staff for stories and rhymes.

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How to Get Published - Writer's Workshop with Christina James and Jim Bennett

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26th September 2014  /   14:00 - 16:00  /   Wakefield Library  /  Free, booking essential

An afternoon packed with information for anyone interested in writing fiction and getting it published. Led by local crime author Christina James and Jim Bennett, her editor, this event aims to inspire, enthuse and take away the fear! 

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Beautiful Sentence: In Conversation with Leah Thorn

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26th September 2014  /   17:00 - 19:00  /   Wakefield Library  /  Free, booking essential

Celebrate the power of the spoken word with Leah Thorn, an Artist and Activist who has worked extensively within prison settings. 

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'Holding Your Hand Through Hard Times' A Firm Of Poets Book Launch

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26th September 2014  /   18:45 - 20:00  /   Chantry Chapel  /  Free

A Firm Of Poets invites you to join them for the launch of their anthology, 'Holding Your Hand Through Hard Times'.

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Dirty Pigeon Presents...

26th September 2014  /   19:00 - 20:00  /   £PayWhatYouDecide  /  The Orangery

Dirty Pigeon are a new arts collective debuting at Wakefield Lit Fest. Unapologetically honest, ruthlessly satirical and politically incorrect, Dirty Pigeon explore issues they are passionate about mixed with humour, drama and absurdity.

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Sailing to Byzantium

Christine Tobin by photographer Ian Anderson

26th September 2014  /   19:15 - 22:00  /   Wakefield Jazz Club at Wakefield Sports Club  /  £17/ £16, Tickets via 01977 680 542 / sportsclub@wakefieldjazz.org. Doors & Food from 7.15pm, Music from 8.30pm

Chanting and enchanting, poetry and music have always been of equal importance to ChristineTobin, Parliamentary Jazz Awards 'Jazz Singer of the Year', both as singer and composer. 

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'Dark Wood to Heavenly City': Readings and Commentary on Dante's Divine Comedy

26th September 2014  /   19:30 - 21:00  /   Wakefield Cathedral  /  Free

Professor Claire Honess will lead an evening of selected readings and commentary from Dantes's 'Divine Comedy'.

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Sat 27

Dylan Thomas Centenary 1914-2014: ‘I Walk for as Long as Forever Is’

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27th September 2014  /   10:00 - 11:30  /   Meet at The Orangery  /  Free

Join Beam Director Robert Powell for an intriguing walk around Wakefield, with some special guests and some very special readings celebrating the life and work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. 

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Readers Group Day including Meet the Author: Jo Baker ‘Longbourn’

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27th September 2014  /   10:30 - 15:30  /   Wakefield Library  /  Free, booking essential

Join us at Wakefield Library for a day celebrating reading with Jo Baker author of ‘Longbourn’. Meet other readers, ask questions and introduce your own favourite book characters.

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Lit Fest at the Red Shed

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27th September 2014  /   11:30 - 16:30  /   Wakefield Labour Club (the Red Shed)  /  Tickets for Mark Thomas £7 - to book contact Red Shed on 01924 215 626 (proceeds to Orgreave Truth and Justice) . All other events are free.

Readings and discussion from the ‘84/’85 strike. What happened then and where it leaves us now. Roger Millward The Castleford, Hull KR and Great Britain Rugby League legend talks about his incredible career and Mark Thomas  returns to the Red Shed to share insights from his life in comedy and political activism.

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Forgotten Memory

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27th September 2014  /   12:30 - 13:30  /   The Orangery  /  Free

Through dance, music, poetry and film we ‘Send up a great lament/for the broken body of our earth’ and a call to ‘Dream a new world into being’. A vibrant, multi-lingual tapestry of languages reflecting the rich and beautiful diversity of the many cultures in our world united.

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Nostell Open Book Day

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27th September 2014  /   13:00 - 16:00  /   National Trust at Nostell Priory  /  Booking not required. Standard admission House and Gardens ticket £10.40 (with gift aid). Free to National Trust members.

Nostell’s delicate historic books cannot be exhibited every day, but today we will have our National Trust staff and volunteers on hand to reveal some of the hidden treasures between the bindings. 

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'Fabulous Females' - a Poetry Workshop for Women, with Leah Thorn

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27th September 2014  /   14:00 - 16:00  /   The Well Women Centre, Trinity Church Gate  /  £10/ £5, Booking essential, via Alison Rowe 01924 211 114 / Alisonevolve@wellwomenwakefield.org.uk

Spoken Word Poet Leah Thorn leads this dynamic and inspiring workshop celebrating women. Using poetry and listening exercises, we will explore our strengths, as well as the challenges of living in a society that does not always treat women well.

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Steve Dearden & the Westgate Writers

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27th September 2014  /   15:00 - 16:30  /   The Orangery  /  Free

Since last year’s festival Lit Fest Writer in Residence Steve Dearden has been working on 'Wakelost Wakefound'. Part online novella, part photo essay, www.wakelost.com captures 24hrs in the interwoven lives of a retired intelligence officer, a young Somali girl, an electrician and a librarian.

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Ian McMillan asks 'Are We Happy?' - Panel Discussion & Reading

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27th September 2014  /   17:00 - 19:00  /   The Orangery  /  £10/ £7

Join Academy of Urbanism Poet in Residence Ian McMillan, Beam Director Robert Powell and other experts for a panel discussion exploring the connections between happiness and place, wellbeing and playfulness, writing and identity.

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For Books Sake Presents - The Literary Pub Quiz: 'Place & Happiness'

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27th September 2014  /   20:00 - 22:00  /   The Orangery  /  £5/ £3

‘Do you know your Helen Walsh from your Zoe Pilger? You do! Would Jane Eyre have been happy had she not travelled? She wouldn’t? Great, then this is the quiz for you! 

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Sun 28

Wakefield Wordwalk 2014 - 'The Castle of Dreams'

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28th September 2014  /   14:00 - 15:30  /   You will be given given details of the city centre meeting point a week prior to the event. A bus will take audience members to the performance and return you to the pick-up spot afterwards, please let us know if you have any access requirements.  /  £5/ £3, booking essential

Be transported from Wakefield city centre on our special bus to Sandal Castle, where you will encounter epic tales of fantasy, romance, feuds, and maybe some dangers that lurk in the moat.

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Wakefield Wordwalk 2014 - 'The Castle of Dreams'

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28th September 2014  /   16:00 - 17:30  /   You will be given given details of the city centre meeting point a week prior to the event. A bus will take audience members to the performance and return you to the pick-up spot afterwards, please let us know if you have any access requirements.  /  £5/ £3, booking essential

Be transported from Wakefield city centre on our special bus to Sandal Castle, where you will encounter epic tales of fantasy, romance, feuds, and maybe some dangers that lurk in the moat.

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Wakefield Wordwalk 2014 - 'The Castle of Dreams'

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28th September 2014  /   18:00 - 19:30  /   You will be given given details of the city centre meeting point a week prior to the event. A bus will take audience members to the performance and return you to the pick-up spot afterwards, please let us know if you have any access requirements.  /  £5/ £3, booking essential

Be transported from Wakefield city centre on our special bus to Sandal Castle, where you will encounter epic tales of fantasy, romance, feuds, and maybe some dangers that lurk in the moat.

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Mon 29

Ben Aaronovitch 'Foxglove Summer'

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29th September 2014  /   18:00 - 19:30  /   The Orangery  /  £10/ £7

In the fifth of his bestselling PC Grant series, Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children.

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Stuart Maconie 'The People's Songs' (presented by Lakin McCarthy)

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29th September 2014  /   20:00 - 22:00  /   Theatre Royal Wakefield  /  £16, £14, £11 + concessions

Spend an evening in the company of this popular and prolific TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and author as he talks about his new book and epic radio series, 'The People's Songs', a social history of modern Britain told through pop singles.

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Tue 30

Poetry Wrap Party

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30th September 2014  /   19:30 - 22:00  /   The Orangery  /  £4/ £2

Celebrate the final night of the 2014 Lit Fest by attending the Poetry Wrap co-hosted by the Black Horse Poets and the Red Shed Readings.

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