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TICKETS are selling fast for the city’s first literature festival, which is in need of your help to make the event a success.

Wakefield Lit Fest, which is being backed by the Express, starts on Saturday, September 22, and will see writing, poetry and theatre take place across the city for nine days.

International poet and writer Simon Armitage will headline the festival, on Friday, September 28, at 8pm, by reading extracts from his latest book, Walking Home, which chronicles his journey along the Pennine Way.

He has proved so popular that organisers are looking to get a bigger venue for him, which will be announced soon.

And they are on the look out for volunteers to help steward all of the events.

The festival begins on Saturday September 22 when local crime writer Neil White will be signing copies of his new novel, Beyond Evil, at Waterstones, in the Ridings shopping centre at 11am.

There is a poetic party curtain raiser at The Orangery on the same evening at 7.30pm which will include open-mic sessions and a competition.

Writer Ian McMillan will be reading poems from his latest pamphlet on Sunday, September 23, at The Orangery at 5pm.

While Leeds-based poetry group We Are Poets will be screening a performance at The Orangery on Tuesday, September 25, at 7.30pm.

There are also plenty of opportunities to have a go at writing yourself as workshops will be set up across the city at The Orangery on Sunday, September 23, at 2pm.

And there will also be a session with Yorkshire writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton at 2pm on Thursday, September 27, at Drury Lane Library.

The Yew Tree Youth Theatre will be running workshops before performing at The Orangery on Saturday, September 29, at 7.30pm.

To get involved visit www.wakefieldlitfest.org.uk