Top writers signed up for Wakefield Lit Fest

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ACCLAIMED writers Will Self and Joanne Harris are set to appear at next month’s 12-day Wakefield Lit Fest.

Also speaking at the festival, to be held at venues across the city from September 18 to 30, will be poets Roger McGough, Simon Armitage and Ian McMillan.

TV and radio presenter and author Stuart Maconie will be discussing his new book and radio series ‘The People’s Songs’ at the festival, which will feature more than 60 events.

Fran Smith, of Wakefield-based arts charity Beam, which is organising the third annual event, said schoolchildren will be getting involved in writing projects at community events linked to the festival.

She added; “There’s a lot of interest in this year’s festival. It has grown to the size it has because we have had so many groups coming to us wanting to be part of it.

“We are working with the National Trust at Nostell Priory. They are running a series of Open Book Days where they will be showcasing historic books from their collection.”

Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage will be hosting a Poetry Day at the Orangery on Back Lane, Wakefield, from 12pm to 5.30pm on Sunday September 21.

From 6.30pm to 7.30pm that day at Westgate Unitarian Chapel, Armitage will be launching his latest work ‘Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014.’

Will Self will discuss his new novel ‘Shark’ at Unity Hall, Wakefield, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Tuesday September 23.

Joanne Harris will be discussing her epic fantasy novel ‘The Gospel of Loki’ at Westgate Unitarian Chapel from 8pm to 9.30pm on Thursday September 25.

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