Writing: Making Your Mark: Pop-up Exhibition Wakefield Library 26 April – 2 June


Schoolchilds homework in Greek on a wax tablet (c) British Library (002)

Schoolchild’s homework in Greek on a wax tablet ©British Library

Come along and be part of a nationwide conversation on the origins, means and future of writing.

Perfect for families, this pop-up display draws on the themes of the British Library exhibition, which spans five millennia and five continents, exploring one of humankind’s greatest achievements – the act of writing. 

Through images of carved stone inscriptions, medieval manuscripts and early printed works, Writing, Making Your Mark will deconstruct the act of writing and consider its future in the digital age. While you are visiting, enjoy a display of local objects from Wakefield Museum, pick up a free learning trail, take part in take part in our interactive writing experiences and book a place on one of the free events taking place.  

Writing: Making Your Mark will launch simultaneously in over 20 public libraries around the UK, through the Living Knowledge Network (an innovative UK-wide network of public libraries working in partnership with the British Library, National Library of Wales and the National Library of Scotland).  

All events are free of charge but donations towards costs are welcome. Please contact Wakefield Library on 01924 305376 wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk to book.

Monday 29 April 12 – 2 FLOOD by Clare Shaw

Join poet Clare Shaw for readings from her poetry collection Flood and a short writing workshop. Flood is an eyewitness account to the floods of 2013 and 2015 and ‘a long love letter to the Calder Valley’. It describes the pain of destructive experiences and how individuals and communities recover and rebuild.

Light refreshments will be available and please do feel free to bring your own lunch. A Read Regional event from New Writing North.

Tuesday 30 April and Wednesday 1 May 11-12 and 1 – 2 Stamping for adults

Come and join local not-for-personal-profit social enterprise Crafting4Good to relax and express your creativity as you make and stamp cards.

Saturday 11 May 10-12 and 12.30-2.30 Printing Workshop

Book a short workshop with The Print Project http://www.theprintproject.co.uk/ ,where you will find out about the letterpress printing process and create your own unique poster from a large selection of wood type. Workshop sessions are 15 minutes long, come with a friend or as a family group. Children of all ages welcome if with an adult. In 4 lines – what will your message be?

Tuesday 14 May 11-12 Events and Moments

Have you ever thought that you should write a book about your life? Local writer Marjorie Lacy has taken early memories stirred from old photographs to bring to life the picture of a child in war-torn Britain during the 1940’s. In her case the home front was working class Yorkshire. Join Marjorie to explore her memories and her experience of writing them down.

Saturday 25 May 10-12 Forgotten women of Wakefield Blue Plaque-making workshop

Make your own Blue plaque to celebrate a local woman you admire and learn more about the Forgotten Women of Wakefield project from Dream Time Creative https://dreamtimecreative.wordpress.com

Tuesday 28 May and Wednesday 29 May 11-12 and 1 – 2 Stamping for families

Come and join local not-for-personal-profit social enterprise Crafting4Good to express your creativity and have fun together as you make and stamp cards.

Wednesday 29 May 2-3pm The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

The dark side of social media and the serious issues affecting young people like revenge porn and body image. Meet Laura Steven, author, journalist and screenwriter to hear about her young adult debut novel The Exact Opposite of Okay which explores some of these issues realistically but with humour. A hilarious, groundbreaking young adult novel for anyone who’s ever called themselves a feminist . . . and anyone who hasn’t. A Read Regional event from New Writing North.

Join us on Twitter @WFlibraries and share your thoughts and pictures #MakingYourMark


Wakefield Library and Museum

Wakefield One, Burton Street

Wakefield WF1 2DA

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