What's Happening at Wakefield Lit Fest 2016!
A Firm of Poets and Word Life present Unity Words with Hollie McNish, Fran Smith, Becky Cherriman and Firm of Poets
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.Read More…
Wakefield Civic Society present Julian Dobson: A place to be and a place to belong: town centres for everyone
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.
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.
23rd September 2016 / 19:30 - 21:30 / The Tap and Barrel, 13 Front Street, Pontefract WF8 1AN /
Locally-sourced performance poetry plus live music.Read More…
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.
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.Read More…
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.Read More…
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
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.Read More…
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.Read More…
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
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.
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.Read More…
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.Read More…
26th September 2016 / 10:00 - 12:00 / Sandal Library, Sparable Lane, Sandal, WF1 5LJ / Free, please book via Sandal Library email email@example.com 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.Read More…
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.Read More…
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.Read More…
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+Read More…
26th September 2016 / 19:30 - 22:00 / The Tap and Barrel, 13 Front St, Pontefract, WF8 1AN /
Dave Downs in conversation Steve Ely.Read More…
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.
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.Read More…
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.Read More…
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.Read More…
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).Read More…
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.Read More…
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.Read More…
28th September 2016 / 10:00 - 12:00 / Featherstone Library, Victoria Street, Featherstone, WF7 5BB / Free, please book via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01977 722745.
Join writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton for a creative writing workshop.
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.Read More…
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.
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.
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.Read More…
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.Read More…
28th September 2016 / 18:00 - 20:00 / Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy, Wakefield Road, Hemsworth, Pontefract WF9 8AE / Free, plesae book via email@example.com (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.Read More…
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.
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.Read More…
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.
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.Read More…
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.
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.Read More…
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.Read More…
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.Read More…
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.Read More…
29th September 2016 / 19:30 - 22:30 / Unity Café Bar, Unity Works, Westgate WF1 1EP / £5 per person, please book via firstname.lastname@example.org
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!Read More…
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.
Tickets available on the door.
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.
Tickets available on the door.
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.
Tickets available on the door.
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.Read More…
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.
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.
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.Read More…
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).
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.Read More…
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.
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.Read More…
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.Read More…
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.