Writing Summer School Sharing

Saturday 30 September 2017, 12.00 - 12.45pm, FREE

Writing Summer School

As part of Wakefield Lit Fest, join us in the galleries to hear participants and leaders from our writing summer school share new work inspired by Howard Hodgkin: Painting India.

Across three days in August 2017, summer school participants worked with writers Debjani Chatterjee, Clare Fisher and Ralph Dartford to explore ways of responding to Hodgkin’s work and more broadly to ideas of place, travel, landscape and memory. This is your opportunity to hear the results. 

Places at this event are free but plaese book online or call 01924247360.

See our full Wakefield Lit Fest programme.

About the writers

Debjani Chatterjee MBE is an acclaimed Yorkshire and international poet whose books, plays and anthologies, have been translated widely. His many awards include the Peterloo poetry prize, Muse India’s poetry translation first prize, Sheffield Hallam University’s honorary doctorate for ‘outstanding contribution to literature, the arts and community service’ and an MBE in 2008. Chatterjee is patron of Survivors’ Poetry, co-chair of the mental-health charity Hyphen-21, founder of The Healing Word and Sahitya Press, and associate editor of Pratibha India. She has been writer-in-residence at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum and Ilkley Litfest.

Ralph Dartford is a writer based in Wakefield and co-founder of nationally recognised spoken word organisation A Firm of Poets. He writes and performs poetry, delivers workshops across the country, collaborates with artists and musicians, and produces festivals and events. A Firm of Poets was founded at Glastonbury 2013 with Matt Abbott, with the aim of delivering vital, accessible and engaging spoken word to the public. Ralph has been published in The Guardian, Stirring Magazine (US), Pulp Faction, Exterminating Angel Press (US) and London Territories. His first Collection, Cigarettes, Beer and Love was published by Ossett Observer Presents in July 2013.

Clare Sita Fisher was born in London and is now based in Leeds. She writes fiction, both long and short, and her debut novel All the Good Things was published by Viking, Penguin UK in June 2017.  This will be followed by a collection of very short fiction How The Light Gets In, which will be published by Influx Press in 2018. Clare has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London and is represented by Zoe Waldie at Rogers, Coleridge and White.


  • 30 September 2017