Observing Ossett in words for Wakefield Lit Fest

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A day of word-inspired workshops and activities will take place in Ossett as part of Wakefield Lit Fest.

The town’s Festival in a Day, on Saturday, September 20 will feature poetry, prose and creative events, headlined by one of Britain’s most-loved performance poets, Roger McGough, pictured right.

Author Ian Clayton.'New head & shoulders file picture.'p7439a202

Author Ian Clayton.'New head & shoulders file picture.'p7439a202

He will launch his new poetry book ‘As Far As I Know’.

Broadcaster and writer, Ian Clayton, pictured above, will produce a book in a day, exploring modern-day Ossett, while a pop-up museum will look back in time at stories of the Ossett Observer.

Storytelling actress Susanna Meese will lead a story walk journey through the town with tales of courage, community and remembrance. And A Firm Of Poets will voyage in verse on the 127 Bus between Ossett and Wakefield.

Workshops will also run throughout the day including a slogan print making activity with Nick Loaring and a doodling venture in storytelling with artist Fabric Lenny.

In a unique Word on the Wing project, Ossett schoolchildren will create a new poem for Wakefield, which will be carried from Ossett to the city centre by a flock of pigeons.

There will also be a big book swap shop as part of the festival, which is organised by Ossett Observer, Trinity Church and Wakefield Council in partnership with the city’s literary festival.

For more information visit www.wakefieldlitfest.org.uk