New chapter for book fans at literature fest

Andy Kershaw
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BOOKWORMS can turn over a new leaf at this year’s Morley Literature Festival.

The 10-day event will include a jam-packed programme including talks, music, art and family events from a host of authors.

Most of the events are free and highlights will include talks from BBC correspondent Kate Adie, Team Sky’s Rod Ellingworth and broadcaster Andy Kershaw.

The festival’s patron, Gervase Phinn, will also attend the popular event, which runs from October 4 to 13.

Morley and Outwood MP, Ed Balls, said: “Morley’s literature festival is a brilliant opportunity to show off our town and a great opportunity to encourage the next generation of readers.

“I’m sure this year’s festival will be a huge success.”

Other events include an annual literary lunch, which will be held at Tingley’s Village Hotel on Monday, October 7, with political journalist and author Colin Brown.

On Saturday, October 12, food historian Annie Grey will be speaking about the history of cake.

Festival artists Becky Cherriman and Bryony Pritchard will also create a Poetry Trail through Morley and poetry collectors will be out on the streets of Morley and Leeds collecting words for a special crowd-sourced festival poem.

The poem will be read at a music and poetry night at St Peter’s Church on Friday, October 11.

Family-friendly workshops will also be held at Morley Library as part of the festival.

For more about the festival and the line-up, visit

For tickets, call Morley Library on 0113 214 5418 or the Grand Theatre on 0844 848 2706.

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