Video: Wakefield Lit Fest illustrator John Welding hopes to inspire

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Authors, poets and performers are set to inspire future generations during a 10-day festival of literature.

The Express-backed Wakefield Lit Fest starts tomorrow (Saturday) and will include free workshops, talks and readings at various venues across the city.

Illustrator John Welding will have his images on display at The Orangery during Wakefield Lit Fest to inspire writing. Pictured with Fran Smith. (W531A339)

Illustrator John Welding will have his images on display at The Orangery during Wakefield Lit Fest to inspire writing. Pictured with Fran Smith. (W531A339)

And artwork by Agbrigg illustrator John Welding will be on display at The Orangery, on Back Lane, to get people’s creative juices flowing.

He has drawn 10 pieces of art depicting city sights like they have never been seen, including mythological creatures.
People will have the chance to pen captions for the images in no more than 30 words, with a chance to win the artwork.

Mr Welding, 47, said; “The mythological elements are there to trigger people’s imagination. The idea is when people look at these 10 images, they will see something they recognise, but then will see something different.”

The drawings include Merchant Gate, Unity Hall, Theatre Royal Wakefield, Elephant and Castle, Drury Lane library, Art House, The Orangery, Unitarian Church, HMP Wakefield and a green door on Westgate, beside the railway station.

They will be on display throughout the festival, which starts with an action-packed day tomorrow.

From 1pm until 4pm The Rhubarb Ogre and Other Stories will be told at Trinity Walk.

And Girl with a Pearl Earring author Tracy Chevalier will be at Westgate Unitarian Chapel from 7pm.

On Sunday a Poetry Business writing day and other readings will be held at The Orangery, followed by An Insight into Digital Storytelling from One to One Development Trust.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘Everyone has a story’ and other highlights include Susanna Meese, illustrator Lynne Chapman and author Conrad Burkedin.

Yorkshire short story author Steve Dearden has been chosen as this year’s Wakefield Lit Fest Writer in Residence and will help capture events as they happen.

And every day we will upload a video onto our website to give you a flavour of what is happening that day.

For a full list of events visit www.wakefieldlitfest.org.uk