Wakefield Lit Fest at The Hepworth Wakefield

23 September - 1 October 2017

Wakefield Litfest at THW

We are pleased to host a series of events exploring writing in many forms, as part of Wakefield Lit Fest’s Lit Fest in the City fringe.

The series combines newly commissioned performances, workshops and free, informal talks and readings for all ages and abilities. Taking place across the city, Wakefield Lit Fest celebrates reading and writing in all its forms, poetry readings, writers workshops, spoken word, performance, music and more.

The Hepworth Book Club
Saturday 23 September, 11 - 11.45am 

Free, booking not required
The last in a series of monthly discussions led by Clare Nadal, University of Huddersfield/The Hepworth Wakefield PhD Research Fellow and guest speakers, reading books from Hepworth’s personal library to explore the diverse themes and ideas that influenced Hepworth’s work. Find out more...

Approaching Thunder: 1940s Britain between art and literature
Saturday 23 September, 12.30 – 3.30pm 
Tickets £15, Member £10, Student £7.50. Book online
Explore the connections between modernist writing, drawing, printmaking and publishing between 1939 and 1950 through talks and discussions.This study day will touch upon the shared concerns of artists and writers at the time, from trauma and austerity to national identities and stylistic revivalism. Find out more...

For Families: Storytelling with Debjani Chatterjee MBE
Sunday 24 September, 2 - 2.40pm
Free, book online 
Join acclaimed Yorkshire-based poet Debjani Chatterjee MBE for a reading of wonderful stories for children. 

CAVE Workshop – Paper
Wednesday 27 September, 4 – 7pm
Free, booking not required
Join artists from the Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation, University of Leeds in an exploration of the sculptural and sonic possibilities of paper. Including pieces by John Cage, Ben Patterson, James Saunders and participatory workshops for people of all ages and abilities.

Manasamitra present Synaesthesia
Wednesday 27 September,  7 – 8.30pm
Tickets £6, Member £4.50, Children under 14 Free, book online
Synaesthesia is a new musical production exploring the sensory interplay of language, colour and music, commissioned by The Hepworth Wakefield and inspired by our current exhibition Howard Hodgkin: Painting IndiaFind out more...

Writing Summer School Sharing
Saturday 30 September, 12 – 12.45pm
Free, book online
Join us in the galleries and hear participants and leaders from our Writing Summer School share new work inspired by Howard Hodgkin: Painting India. Find our more...

Workshop: Kick that Writer’s Block with Matt Abbott
Saturday 30 September, 1 – 4.30pm
Tickets £25 / Member £18.75, book online

This accessible workshop guides you through a wide range of literary devices and prompts to dismantle the writing process behind poetry and create manageable building blocks, tailored to your individual style. Working through a series of stages, you will build a new poem. Suitable for writers at all levels. Find out more...

From Ritual Cloth to Textile Book
Saturday 30 September, 2 – 3pm
Free, book online
Join Arun Wolf of Tara Books, India for an illustrated talk and film screening around the historic traditions and artisan processes behind making their textile book The Cloth of the Mother Goddess

Debut Fiction Panel: How to Write & Publish You First Novel
Saturday 30 September, 3.30 – 4.30pm
Free, book online
Yorkshire-based debut novelists Sarah Bradley, Clare Fisher and June Taylor will offer personal introductions to their work along with insight into their varied backgrounds and routes to publishing. 

For Families: Sensory Stories
Sunday 1 October,  11.00am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm & 3.00pm (duration 40 mins)
Free, booking not required

Join us for sensory storytime to discover Howard Hodgkin’s vibrant paintings through sounds, smells and colour. What will you see, hear and feel? Find out more... 

For more information on any of our events or to book over the phone please call 01924247360.


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