21st September - 23rd September 2017

Castleford Born and Bread

Castleford Born and Bread

Castleford Lit Fest in a Day is part of Wakefield Lit Fest's touring programme the co-curates a one day festival in different parts of Wakefield District with a local group. Organised by Beam and funded by Arts Council England Strategic Touring, Castleford Lit Fest in a Day takes place on Saturday 20th May at Queen’s Mill in partnership with Castleford Heritage Trust.

It will be a celebration of Castleford – the people and the town, held in the historic Queen’s Mill – where flour has been milled on the site for hundreds of years - the theme of our festival is therefore ‘Castleford Born & Bread’.

Castleford Born & Bread writing workshop - Monday 15th May, 6.30-8.30pm

Join writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton for a FREE 2 hour workshop aboard a boat near Queen's Mill in Castleford and explore memories of the town, limited places available so please book by contacting Lorna Malkin lornamalkin@googlemail.com


Saturday 20th May, Queen's Mill, Castleford

Doors open at 9.45am - FREE Family-friendly events 10am-3.30pm

10-11am - Christopher Nibbles - a musical play with puppets for 2-7yr olds and their families. FREE, no need to book. See the trailer here.

11-11.30am - Christopher Nibbles Workshop for 2-7yr olds. FREE, no need to book.

11-11.45am - Tour of Queen's Mill - discover the history of the mill in this special tour

11.30-12.15pm - Live music with Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

2.15-3pm - Tour of Queen's Mill - discover the history of the mill in this special tour

12.30pm - Alien Workshop - Award-winning author Gareth P Jones talks about creating your own alien stories. FREE, no need to book.

1.30pm - Writing Competition winners announced with Castleford-born actor & Coronation Street star Colson Smith reading selected stories & poems. FREE, no need to book.

2.30pm - The Tiger Who Came to Tea - storytime with special guest reader, Oliver Holmes from Castleford Tigers RLFC. FREE, no need to book.

3-3.30pm Live music with Edward Clayton.

3-3.45pm - Tour of Queen's Mill - discover the history of the mill in this special tour

4pm Kerry Ward - Local children's author talks about her new book Imaginality and how to approach self-publishing. FREE, no need to book.

ART - exhibition of Fryston photographer, Jack Hulme's 1930's work.

LIVE MUSIC - Jack Edwards, Edward Clayton, Martha Philips & Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band.

TOURS - explore the mill and learn about it's history

SOCIAL - cafe and refreshments open all day, licenced bar from 4pm.


4.30pm Joyce Branagh - Lit Fest's lead artist discusses local workshops & the work of local authors. FREE, no need to book.

5-5.30pm Music with singer-songwriter Jack Edwards

5.45pm Ian Clayton and Toria Garbutt - Local writer & broadcaster Ian Clayton is interviewed by poet Toria Garbutt and discusses writing & Castleford. FREE, no need to book.

6.45-7.15pm Live music with local singer Martha Philips

7.30pm Mark Thomas in Conversation - Ian Clayton interviews writer and comedian Mark Thomas about his new book and play about Wakefield's iconic 'Red Shed'. Tickets £5, booking essential.

Mark Thomas is one of the UK’s most effective and best-known political comedians. He has won awards for his stage work including a Special Fringe Award for Outstanding Contribution to Edinburgh and for his human rights work. He has written and presented six series of the Mark Thomas Comedy Product for Channel 4 and five series of The Manifesto for Radio 4. He is the author of five books on subjects as diverse as the arms trade, Coca-Cola and the Israeli Wall in the West Bank. His work has changed the law, kyboshed politicians’ careers and has been performed across the world.

As part of '‘Castleford Born & Bread' Mark will be reading from and talking about his new book of plays The Liar’s Quartet. Funny, provocative and moving, The Liar’s Quartet includes the scripts from Mark Thomas’ most acclaimed comic-political theatre, including The Red Shed about the Wakefield venue at the height of the miner’s strike. He will then be interviewed by well-known local celebrity broadcaster and writer Ian Clayton.

Book your Mark Thomas tickets here.

  • Topsy Turvy Theatre present Christopher Nibbles
  • Colson Smith
  • Ian Clayton
  • Mark Thomas
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