Find out what Wakefield really knows with poetry and prose

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International poet and writer Simon Armitage.'w308a236
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Poets, authors and creative workshops will feature at this year’s Wakefield Lit Fest.

The third annual festival returns with 12 days of reading and writing activities from Friday, September 19 until Tuesday September, 30.

Scottish born poet and writer, Jackie Kay, will kick off the festival with a reading of poems and short stories on Friday evening.

Saturday will see Ossett’s festival in a day featuring a slogan print project, story walk with Susanna Meese, a book in a day with writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton and performance poetry by Roger McGough.

West Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage will run a flight-themed poetry workshop at The Orangery on September 21.

The day will see the northern launch of a new selection of his work Paper Aeroplane: Poems 1989–2014.

From Thursday, September 18 until Saturday, September 20, a knowledge emporium will a feature at Trinity Walk shopping centre.

The old-fashioned sweet shop with a difference will swap sweets for knowledge and the material collected will be presented on September 21 with a unique reading about what Wakefield knows.

Writing workshops by N E David, John Irving Clarke, Christina James, Jim Bennett will take place throughout the week while poet Peter Spafford will host creative sessions on writing ‘portrait poetry’.

Christine McMahon will run a story-telling workshop and author, Joanne Harris, artist and activit, Leah Thorn, and city born writer, John Sunderland, will deliver talks at the festival.

Other festival highlights include a poem carried from Ossett to Wakefield on the wings of pigeons, a talk on the bed of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, The Wakefield Wireless Mysteries and doodle stories with artist Fabric Lenny.

Wakefield Lit Fest is organised by Beam and supported by Arts Council England, Wakefield Council and others.

For the full line-up of events at the festival, visit