Local talents join literary big guns at Wakefield’s third Lit Fest

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Some of the biggest poets and authors will grace the city to share their work at this year’s Wakefield Lit Fest.

And the festival of reading and writing will also feature up-and-coming local talent.

Roger McGough, credit RM Colin Clarke ARPS

Roger McGough, credit RM Colin Clarke ARPS

From Saturday, September 18, until Tuesday, September 30 more than 60 literary events and activities will take place across the district.

Festival organiser, Frances Smith, said: “We’re delighted that Lit Fest is really beginning to establish itself in the cultural life of Wakefield, with more events, headliners, venues and partners than ever this year.

Director Robert Powell added: “Around the star-light of our headline names, Wakefield Lit Fest continues to pursue a range of deep themes and strands including talent and reader development, place-based writing, a cross-artform approach, and young people and communities taking a lead.

“That’s what the festival is for - developing in people an ongoing love of words and stories, whatever form they may take.”

The full line-up of Lit Fest events is listed below. For more details including timings, visit www.wakefieldlitfest.org.uk

Thursday, September 18

The Knowledge Emporium

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

Friday, September 19

The Knowledge Emporium

Jackie Kay with Zaffar Kunial

Saturday, September 20

‘Sloganism’ with The Print Project

Big Book Swap Shop

Pop Up Cafe

Pop Up People’s Museum - Memories of Ossett Observer

The Knowledge Emporium

Ossett Story Walk with Susanna Meese

‘Ossett There, Bus it Back’ with A Firm of Poets

Ossett Almanacs - ‘Book in a Day’ Workshop with Ian Clayton

Doodle Ventures - Adventures in Storytelling

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

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

Doodle Ventures - Adventures in Storytelling

‘Word on the Wing’

Roger McGough - ‘As Far As I Know’

Sunday, September 21

Poetry Day with Simon Armitage - ‘Poems in a Playful City’

The Knowledge Emporium Performance ‘What Wakefield Knows!’

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

Solved! The Wakefield Wireless Mysteries

Monday, September 22

‘Every Photo Tells a Story’ - Writing Workshop

‘Women Talk’ - a Poetry Workshop for Women with Sarah Cobham

‘Poem Portraits’ - Poetry Workshop with Peter Spafford

Stephen May ‘Wake Up Happy Every Day’

Watery Wanderings - Guided Walk

‘This Sporting Life’ - Film Screening, (Rated 12)

The Liars’ League

Tuesday, September 23

Storytime for Under 5’s

Speaking Volumes

Christine McMahon - Storytelling Workshop

‘On Tenterhooks’ - Folktales with the Occasional Sheep

Black Horse Poets present: ‘Wakefield Voices’

Will Self ‘Shark’

Wednesday, September 24

‘Every Photo Tells a Story’ - Writing Workshop

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

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

Barriers or Boundaries?

Bush Craft Story Writing Around the Campfire for Boys

John Sunderland - ​‘On My Way to Jorvik’

Scriptophilia

Thursday, September 25

‘Dead Ink’ - In Conversation

Joanne M. Harris - ‘The Gospel of Loki’

Friday, September 26

Interactive Story time and Puppet Show for Pre-School Children

Storytime for Under 5’s

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

Beautiful Sentence: In Conversation with Leah Thorn

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

Dirty Pigeon Presents...

Sailing to Byzantium

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

Saturday, September 27

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

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

Lit Fest at the Red Shed

Forgotten Memory

Nostell Open Book Day

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

Steve Dearden and the Westgate Writers

Ian McMillan asks ‘Are We Happy?’ Panel Discussion & Reading

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

Sunday, September 28

Wakefield Wordwalk 2014 - ‘The Castle of Dreams’

Monday, September 29

Ben Aaronovitch ‘Foxglove Summer’

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

Tuesday, September 30

Poetry Wrap Party