Everything is all write for city’s Lit Fest

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Performance poet Roger McGough will headline a day of reading and writing related activities in Ossett today as part of this year’s Lit Fest.

Ossett’s Festival in a Day takes place at Trinity Church and features family-friendly events including a ‘Doodle Ventures’ storytelling workshop for children with artist Fabric Lenny, letter press printing with the Print Project, and a storywalk.

Poetry is being delivered to the town by pigeon from Wakefield Cathedral and spoken word performances by ‘A Firm of Poets’ will be given on the 127 bus between Ossett and Wakefield as part of the festival.

Roger McGough will give poetry readings from 7.30pm this evening.

Family events are also taking place throughout the rest of the city’s Lit Fest, which runs until September 30.

They include a ‘Knowledge Emporium’ in Trinity Walk and a ‘Castle of Dreams’ performance around Sandal Castle.

People can visit the Knowledge Emporium, an old-fashioned sweet shop in a converted 1960s caravan, until September 21 and exchange knowledge, stories, recipes or facts for sweets.

A reading, based on the material, will then be given in the shopping centre at 1pm on Sunday.

The ‘Castle of Dreams’ storytelling performance, on September 28, will bring to life writing by local schoolchildren on a special bus journey from Wakefield city centre to Sandal Castle and back.

The third annual Lit Fest, programmed by arts charity Beam, will feature more than 60 events and activities including a local authors writing fair and Seed Funded events organised by local groups and individuals.

Some of the headliners include Simon Armitage, Joanne Harris, Will Self, Stuart Maconie, Jackie Kay, Ian McMillan and Mark Thomas.

For the full line-up, visit www.wakefieldlitfest.org.uk

Photo credit: Tony Hardacre