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Wakefield Writes!

Wakefield’s Black Horse Poets are running a project in September which may interest Wakefield readers.  

      They are producing two exciting free events – both at Wakefield Cathedral –  in co-operation with Wakefield Lit Fest.
      Wakefield Writes! is the pre-festival event in which members of the public will be invited to come to the Cathedral and take inspiration from this beautiful and historic building to write a poem about life in Wakefield, with a view to publication.
     For the first part of the evening, the Cathedral’s Learning Manager will talk about the Cathedral, emphasising  its relevance to Wakefield’s wider, inclusive present-day culture. For the second half, The Black Horse Poets will oversee a workshop in which members of the public can write poems about life in Wakefield.

     But nobody is forced to write a poem. A lot of people may well enjoy coming along just to listen.
     The intention is to publish the poems on the BHP website and in a paperback book which will then be given away free to participants.
     The second free public event, also at the Cathedral, is Wakefield Hears! a night of poetry and music, at which the writers of the poems will be able to perform them in front of an audience. The Black Horse Poets will also be there in full voice. As will virtuoso violinist William Harrison, grandson of former Wakefield MP Walter  Harrison.

     Wakefield Writes! is on Friday 4 September, 7pm to 9pm, Wakefield Cathedral
     Wakefield Hears! is on Friday 25 September, 7.30 pm to 9pm, Wakefield Cathedral.

    Both are free. No booking required.

    For more info, go to


Wakefield Lit Fest is back!

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Wakefield’s annual Literature Festival is back on 18th September for ten days of exciting events, with something for everyone to enjoy. The full list of events is available HERE and most events can be booked online. Here are some of our highlights:

Saturday 19 is Featherstone’s Festival of Words. Lit Fest is taking over the whole library and there is too much going on to list here but anyone interested in writing should hurry to book on Ian Clayton’s Writing workshop.

Also on Saturday 19 there will be a story time and Teddy Bear’s Picnic for children aged 5-7 at Wakefield Library  11 – 11.30 with storyteller Helen M Sant. Bring your teddy to join in!

Also on Saturday 19 I’m thrilled to welcome author Laura Barnett to Wakefield Library. Laura will be talking about her debut novel The Versions of Us which has been a best seller this summer.  Have you ever wondered what would have happened if you had made a different choice once? Laura handles three versions of Eva and Jim’s story with impressive ease. It’s moving and beautifully written and I loved it and so did everyone in my Readers Group. There are lots of copies of the book available in libraries if you want to read a copy before the event.

The popular History Wardrobe will be back on Tuesday 22 with their new presentation ‘Gothic for Girls’ looking at the history of black in fashion and adding readings from the best of Gothic literature.  History Wardrobe events are always fun so hurry to book your place.

There is another Creative Writing opportunity on Friday 25 when we welcome back Debbie Taylor, editor, novelist, journalist, author of Herring Girl and founder of Myslexia. Debbie was a popular visitor for the Read Regional promotion and this time will be leading a workshop which will focus on creating a character.

Libraries will be taking part in the Festival Big Read on Saturday 26 with story times featuring ‘Dog Loves Drawing’ by Louise Yates at 11am at Wakefield, Airedale, Castleford and Normanton libraries.

For children aged 7-12 there is a real treat on Saturday 26 at 2pm when Neill Cameron of Phoenix Comics will be holding a workshop ‘How to make (Awesome) Comics’ Neill shows participants how to generate (awesome) ideas for comics, and then how to turn those ideas into a comic story!

All events in libraries are free but you will need to book. Visit the website or pick up a copy of the festival brochure from your library to check details and booking procedures and enjoy the Festival!

Make Do and Mend

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Featherstone Library is celebrating its 30th Birthday this September and is celebrating with a time trip all the way back to the 1940s! Join the staff on
Friday 4 September, 2pm for

Make Do and Mend! with Meredith Towne, Dressmaker and Costume Historian.
Explore Mrs Sew and Sews magical world of Make Do and Mend in this inspiring talk about the women who used the most innovative, even devious, methods to maintain a fashionable wardrobe in wartime Britain

The event and refreshments are free, but please contact Featherstone Library to book a place.

Featherstone Library
Victoria Street, Featherstone, WF7 5BB
Tel 01977 722745,

Mrs sew

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