Got a few words about city life? Then walk this way to Wakefield Lit Fest

Andrew Loretto
Andrew Loretto

Quirky live performances capturing the changing face of city life will take place as part of this year’s Wakefield Lit Fest.

And organisers want your ideas to help make the first ever Wordwalk a success.

The creative writing project will run next month as part of the literature festival, which is being backed by the Express.

Writers are needed to pen poems, song lyrics or even scripts for short plays, which will then be performed at venues, ranging from galleries and the cathedral to rivers and street benches.

The event has been commissioned especially for the festival from internationally experienced theatre director Andrew Loretto, who has led innovative performance projects across the county.

His latest programme will work alongside the already established Wakefield Artwalk,

Mr Loretto said: “I look forward to seeing how Wakefield people respond to the changing city centre environment through creative writing.

“This project is open to anyone aged 16 and over who has got something to say about their city. I hope that Wakefield Wordwalk will be a fun and surprising experience for Lit Fest audiences.”

Wakefield Lit Fest will run from September 21 to 30, with Wakefield Wordwalk taking place on Wednesday, September 25.

This year’s headliners include authors Tracy Chevalier and Darren Shan and poets Carol Ann Duffy and John Cooper Clarke.

The deadline for writing submissions is Friday, August 30. For more details visit