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Budding writers helped to bloom at city’s Lit Fest

Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, and Will Self, below, are among those appearing at Wakefield Lit Fest

Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, and Will Self, below, are among those appearing at Wakefield Lit Fest

TOP authors will read from their works at some of Wakefield’s most iconic buildings at the third annual Lit Fest in the city this month.

The full programme has now been announced for Wakefield Lit Fest, which features more than 60 events in venues including the historic Sandal Castle, arts venues The Orangery and Unity Works and the Theatre Royal Wakefield.

The theme for the festival is ‘Everyone Has A Story’ and while published authors and poets will be sharing their words, there will also be a focus on helping budding writers create their own works of literature, with a series of writing workshops aimed at all levels of experience.

The festival has been put together by Wakefield-based arts organisation Beam, which is based at the Grade-II listed Orangery near Wakefield Westgate railway station.

Among the authors performing at the festival are Chocolat author Joanne Harris, who attend the city’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, novelist and journalist Will Self and BBC 6 Music presenter and writer Stuart Maconie.

Poet Simon Armitage will use the festival for the northern launch of his new selected poems, Paper Aeroplane, and the festival will also be welcoming back Barnsley poet Ian McMillan for an afternoon event debating the theme ‘place and happiness’.

Other names to look out for include Jackie Kay, Roger McGough, Ben Aaronovitch, Mark Thomas, Jo Baker and Leah Thorn.

Beam Director Robert Powell said: “Around the star-light of these well-known names and others, Wakefield Lit Fest continues to pursue a range of deep themes and strands – 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.”

As part of Lit Fest, Ossett will be hosting a ‘Festival in a Day’ under the spire of Trinity Church on Saturday September 20, with a host of events, including a workshop where writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton will attempt to write a book in a day with the people of the town.

Wakefield Lit Fest runs from September 18-30. For full details visit www.wakefieldlitfest.org.uk

 

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