Wakefield Lit Fest -full line up announced

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THE FULL line up for the city’s first literature festival has been announced.

Wakefield Lit Fest, which is being backed by the Express, starts on Saturday, September 22, and will see writing, poetry and theatre events taking place across the city for nine days.

International poet and writer Simon Armitage will headline the festival reading extracts from his latest book, Walking Home, which chronicles his journey along the Pennine Way on Friday, September 28, at The Orangery at 8pm.

But the festival begins on Saturday September 22 when local crime writer Neil White will be signing copies of his new novel, Beyond Evil, at Waterstones, in the Ridings Shopping Centre at 11am.

There is a poetic party curtain raiser at The Orangery on the same evening at 7.30pm which will include open-mic sessions and a competition.

Local writer Ian McMillan will be reading poems from his latest pamphlet on Sunday, September 23, at The Orangery at 5pm.

While Leeds-based poetry group We Are Poets will be screening a performance at The Orangery on Tuesday, September 25, at 7.30pm.

And there are also plenty of opportunites to have a go at writing yourself.

Writing workshops will be set up across the city including a poetry workshop with tutors Ann and Peter Sansom at The Orangery on Sunday, September 23, at 2pm.

And there will also be a session with Yorkshire writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton at 2pm on Thursday, September 27, at Drury Lane Library.

Mr Clayton, from Featherstone, will also give a talk at The Orangery on the same evening at 7.30pm.

Robert Powell, creative director of The Orangery and Beam, who have organised the festival, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have put together such a rich and varied Lit Fest programme.

“We hope the festival offers something for everyone and shows that literature doesn’t stand apart from everyday life.

“We also hope that this first festival helps promote exisiting writing and reading activities and lays the groundwork for more activity in the future - including another festival.”

There will also be workshops for youngsters to have a go at acting.

The Yew Tree Youth Theatre will be running a series of workshops before performing at The Orangery on Satuday, September 29, at 7.30pm.

For more information about the festival and for the full schedule visit www.wakefieldlitfest.org.uk

Tickets can be booked through the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01924 211 311 or www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk