Now in it’s fourth year, we’re excited to announce a packed schedule for this year’s Wakefield Lit Fest (18-27 September 2015). Taking place across the city and district from community venues, cafes and shops to Wakefield’s historic buildings, cathedral, chapels and libraries – the programme includes a wide range of community led events including poetry readings, writers workshops, spoken word, performance, music, walks - and even a quiz - alongside an array of events organised by our brilliant festival partners.
This year Beam is delighted to welcome Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales since 2008 and one of Wales' most influential contemporary writers and Michael Wood, one of the country’s best loved historians and festival patron, who will be taking us back in time to explore the achievements of King Alfred and the Anglo-Saxons. Zodwa Nyoni brings to the forefront the reality of being an asylum seeker in modern Britain with her new play ‘Nine Lives’. Presented by Studio Leeds in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse, this piece of theatre bravely tackles the dominant issues of today. Other events to look forward to include an evening of Nordic Noir with two leading Danish authors supported by the Danish Cultural Institute; Lynn Hill founder of the Clandestine Cake Club talking about her new book ‘A Year of Cake’, the return of Kate Fox, stand up comedian and poet and a special event with folk singer songwriter Kate Rusby. Ian McMillan rounds off the festival by exploring the meaning of Yorkshire – the theme of his new book ‘Neither Nowt Nor Summat’.
For more information and to book tickets, please visit our website.
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Beam work with Artists and communities to enhance places through the development of bespoke creative arts projects. Beam is the trading name of Public Arts – an arts organisation and charity founded in 1986, based in Wakefield and working across the Yorkshire region and beyond.