Presented in partnership with Featherstone Library and programmed by Beam with artist Rebecca Jenkins and a group of local volunteers, this one day festival celebrates heroes, both old and new, real and fictitious. There’s a lot to do for all ages, so book onto a workshop or just pop along and get involved!
Drop in to Featherstone Library between 10:30am - 3pm for a range of free, fun, hands on activities for people of all ages as we celebrate Local Heroes.
Browse stalls and have a go at printing and braille, or bring your own scraps of material and help make a unique ‘Festival of Words’ rag rug. Young Heroes can do arts activities and make superhero mask and badges. Find stories and poems hidden around Featherstone on the Reading Trail then join us back at the Library to enjoy Poetry Prowess.
Pop in and share your stories of colourful characters past and present with writer-in-residence Ian Clayton and help create A Featherstone Modern Mythology – a new telling of old stories.
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP WITH IAN CLAYTON
10:30 - 13:30 / Free / Booking via Featherstone Library: 01977 722 745
Whether you're already writing a book or plucking up the courage to start writing for the first time, this is for anyone interested in learning how to express yourself creatively through words. With experienced writer and broadcaster, Ian Clayton. Presented in partnership with Wakefield Libraries.
CUTHBERT BARING-NORTH - INTREPID EXPLORER! WITH RUSTICUS ARTS
11:00, 12:30 and 14:00 / Purston Park / Free / No need to book
Join hapless adventurer Cuthbert Baring-North for an expedition in Purston Park inspired by the great adventures of literature including Huck Finn and Indiana Jones. Outdoor silliness for all in this family friendly storytelling performance. In partnership with Friends of Purston Park and kindly supported by Wakefield Council's Neighbourhood Improvement Fund.
THE ETHERINGTON BROTHERS' BIG ADVENTURE SHOW
11:00 and 14:00 (workshop lasts 1 hour) / Free / Booking via Featherstone Library: 01977 722 745 / 6+ yrs
Join creative double act and graphic novelists Robin and Lorenzo for this engaging 100% interactive comic book show. Learn the secrets of telling the tallest tales with words and pictures from the multi-award-nominated brothers. Grab a free Etherington Brothers comic-making workbook after the session (once you've finished giggling) and get your copies of Long Gone Don, Monkey Nuts and Von Doogan signed and sketched.
FEATHERSTONE YOUNG WRITERS' CELEBRATION SHOW
13:00 - 13:45 / Free / No need to book
Young people from Featherstone Primary Schools share their new writing on the subject of 'Heroes' with a prize-giving for winning entries by the Etherington Brothers. The young people will also be recording their stories in the library throughout the afternoon for a special 'Festival of Words' podcast to be shared after the event.
MURDER MYSTERY TEA DANCE WITH RUSTICUS ARTS
16:30 - 18:30 / £5 (includes high tea) / Booking via Featherstone Town Council: 01977 722 654
Join 'Ms Agatha Christie' - celebrated crime writer - and help her finish writing her latest mystery. Dress up in 1940's outfits in this fun tea dance with a difference, not to be missed! Presented in partnership with Featherstone Town Council.
RUGBY SPORTING HEROES WITH SCRATCHING SHED PUBLISHING
19:30 - 21:30 / £5 / Booking via Featherstone Library 01977 722 745
Celebrate some of Featherstone's great sporting heroes in a lively panel discussion hosted by rugby league writer Phil Caplan of Scratching Shed Publishing along with special guests.
Featherstone Festival of Words is supported by Arts Council England through its Strategic Touring Programme.