Lit fest will return with more surprises

Beam creative director Robert Powell at The Orangery.
Beam creative director Robert Powell at The Orangery.

Wakefield Lit Fest will return to the city for at least the next two years after organisers received a funding boost.

Last year the inaugural event, which was backed by the Express, inspired hundreds of families to read, write and learn about literature.

And organiser Beam, which runs The Orangery on Back Lane, has now secured £66,000 from Arts Council England toward running costs for this year and 2014.

Robert Powell, Beam and the Orangery creative director, said: “Needless to say we are extremely pleased at this great vote of support from the Arts Council for the Wakefield Lit Fest.

“We want to create a programme that celebrates writing and reading and contains something that is for all ages and levels of experience.

“The two-year funding gives us and our partners, including Wakefield Council, the opportunity to really develop a festival that is rooted in Wakefield, but also connected to the rest of the country and the wider world.”

This year’s festival will take place from Friday, September 20, to Sunday, September 29. More details will be announced over the next few months.

Last year more than 800 people were entertained over the course of nine days in venues across the city. Adults got their teeth into writing stories, while children learned new techniques during poetry and writing workshops.