Monthly Archives: November 2012

What’s On

There’s a lot going on in Wakefield Library and Museum this week. On Tuesday 27th, 4-5pm children can enjoy ”Revolting Recipes!” and create their own Roald Dahl-inspired sandwich. Hopefully less messy will be ”Find Your Past” on Wednesday 28th, 10.30-12 with experts from the West Yorkshire Archive. On Friday 30th 6.30-7.30, a must for sci-fi fans, we go ‘Into the Mind of a Dr Who Writer’ with World Fantasy Award winning author Robert Shearman. Robert will be back in the library on Saturday 1st December 2-4 pm, to discuss his work and read some of his short stories.

Very Victorian Weekend

Wakefield Library and Museum was full of Victorians on Saturday. The amazing Palace of Curiosities displayed their weird and wonderful objects, storyteller Sue Allonby delighted families with stories from the Victorian Fireside and children and parents crowded round the tables in the children’s library to make Victorian style paper toys.

Costa Book Awards


The shortlist for the 2012 Costa Book Awards has been published. The Novel award is very interesting. Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies (on every shortlist this year!) is up against less well-known names James Meek (The Heart Broke In), Stephen May (Life! Death! Prizes!) and a graphic novel, Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for West Yorkshire novelist Stephen May. Find out more at

History of Wakefield in two objects

South Elmsall Readers Group have been reading about some of the objects in The History of the World in 100 Objects. They then visited Wakefield Library and Museum where they enjoyed a behind the scenes tour led by curator John Whitaker. Finally they had a closer look at two objects and found out what they could reveal about Wakefield’s history and donned the plastic gloves for the privilege of handing the Celtic head. Would any other Readers Groups like to do this?

Meet the author

Fantastic afternoon on Saturday with authors Fiona Shaw and Alison Gangel. Fiona read the gripping first chapter of her book  A Stone’s Throw which follows four generations of a family through the major events of their lives. It’s about love and loyalty, about the stories we tell and the secrets we keep and it’s beautifully written and very atmospheric. Alison (after an apology for the language!) read an episode from her memoir The Sun hasn’t fallen from the sky in which her mother was called to the school to deal with her troublesome daughters and told the staff in round terms exactly what she thought of them. Alison’s book tells a story of a difficult childhood with honesty but without a trace of self pity. It’s the exact opposite of a misery memoir- brave and uplifting.

National Book Awards

The shortlists for the Specsavers National Book Awards are out. The awards recognise poular authors in 10 categories including

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year:
• 1356 by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins)
• The Thread by Victoria Hislop (Headline Review)
• The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson (Quercus Books)
• Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James (Arrow)
• Citadel by Kate Mosse (Orion)
• Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (Michael Joseph)


Waterstones UK Author of the Year:
• Capital by John Lanchester (Faber and Faber)
• Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (And Other Stories/Faber and Faber)
• Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (4th Estate)
• The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (Little, Brown)
• NW by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
• Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson (Vintage)

The full shortlists are avilable here

Victorian Christmas Festival


A variety of Very Victorian events throughout the library and museum, including:

Victorian Storytelling (11 – 12 noon,1.30 – 2.30pm in The Front Room for adults and children over five)

Family Workshop making paper toys (10 – 12 noon and 2 – 4pm in Library)

The amazing Palace of Curiosities – a Victorian sideshow exhibiting wonders that will amaze! (1 – 4pm in the Atrium)

Wii Workout

Wednesday 21st November

Family Wii Workout. Have some family fun and get your family fit too!

4.30-6pm. Book on 01924 302700 or email

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