Monthly Archives: September 2014

Wakefield Libraries celebrates Black History Month

October is Black History month, and to celebrate we are hosting an evening of family fun with an African theme. Join us at Wakefield Library and Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, on Wednesday 8th October 4-8pm for a range of family fun activities. Get it loud in the library with a Drumming workshop, hear an African story or two, do some craft, and look at the African costumes on display in the library entrance area.  Its going to be a noisy, lively colourful party, and its free, so just drop in and enjoy the fun! Just one of a series of events being held in Wakefield to celebrate Black History Month this October.2.0 BHM Programme 2014-01

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The Write to Conscience – free event

ariseAs the world prepares for war, one community prepares its own battle – for peace. It costs them everything – except their conscience.

Wednesday 29 October 2014 at Wakefield Library, Wakefield One, 6pm to 7.30pm
Tickets: Free 

As a lead in event to the performances of England, Arise! at the Mechanics Theatre, Wakefield, Mick Martin, writer of the play, along with actors from the production, will host an informal talk and practical session exploring the true story of the Socialist Conscience Objectors of West Yorkshire and the process of shaping historical events into a new stage play.

The play follows the stories of Arthur Gardiner and Percy Ellis, two friends involved in the socialist movement at the turn of the century who, in the face of WW1, were prepared to risk everything for their conscience.

Written by Bradford-based MICK MARTIN (‘George Orwell meets Nick Hornby, but with a plus…’ The Observer), ENGLAND, ARISE! is the story of a strong community of young people, in their early twenties and younger, and is therefore filled with the youthful vigour, humour and excitement of the prospect of a new world order. Their hunger for knowledge, ideas and political action is intertwined with the exciting cultural movement of the time.

Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2014

logo-mainThe fifteen titles on the longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2014, celebrating the best in non-fiction writing, are announced today, Tuesday 2 September.

The fifteen titles on this year’s longlist are:

• John Campbell, Roy Jenkins, Jonathan Cape

• John Carey, The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life, Faber & Faber

• Jessie Childs, God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England, Bodley Head

• Marion Coutts, The Iceberg: A Memoir, Atlantic

• Nick Davies, Hack Attack, Random House

• Atul Gawande, Being Mortal, Profile Books

• Greg Grandin, The Empire of Necessity, Oneworld

• Alison Light, Common People, Fig Tree

• Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk, Jonathan Cape

• Henry Marsh, Do No Harm, Weidenfeld & Nicolson

• Jonathan Meades, An Encyclopaedia of Myself, 4th Estate

• Caroline Moorehead, Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France, Chatto & Windus

• Adam Nicolson, The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters, William Collins

• Jenny Uglow, In These Times, Faber & Faber

• Ben Watt, Romany and Tom: A Memoir, Bloomsbury

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The winner of the 2014 prize will be announced on Tuesday 4 November, following the shortlist announcement on 9 October. The winner of last year’s prize was The Pike, by Lucy Hughes-Hallett (4th Estate), which has since gone on to win the 2013 Costa Book Award (Biography).

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