Thursday, 21 March 2013

World Poetry Day & Kirklees Events

Happy World Poetry Day everyone.  Speaking of poetry, Diane Green, Reader Development Officer for Kirklees has sent me the following information on forthcoming events:

·         Tuesday 19th March, 7.30-9.00pm   Rod and George spin Yorkshire Yarns and humorous monologues. Lindley Library.  Tickets £2 from the library. 01484 222172 or from any Kirklees box office 01484 223200 or on line at


·         Wednesday 20th March:  Write Out Loud Open Mic Poetry.  At Marsden Library from 7.30-9.30pm  and then on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.  Cost £2  An open-floor poetry evening, open to all to read a poem, your own or a favourite. Also open to short story tellers, singer/songwriters, etc.
Beginners encouraged and all welcome. This is a friendly and supportive club



·         Thursday 21st March, 7.30-9.30pm  Goosewing;  In 2011 Christine McMahon was commissioned to produce an original work of storytelling.  Goosewing is her resulting creation.  Told with Christine’s characteristic wit and warmth, Goosewing is a bittersweet tale of loss, hope and redemption.  And there are mice involved….You may even discover what use is a goose!  Storytelling from Christine McMahon with Paul Roberts on the violin at Holmfirth Civic Tickets £3/£2 from Holmfirth Library, Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre, from any Kirklees box office 01484 223200 or on line at



·         Wednesday 3rd April, 7.30-9.30pm   Jodi Picoult at Huddersfield Town Hall. A joint event from Kirklees libraries and Huddersfield Literature festival. Tickets £4/ £2 Kirklees Passports available online at, email to:, By phone: 01484 223200, or in person at Huddersfield Visitor Centre in the library.


·         Wednesday 3rd April, Storytailors; a friendly storytelling club for all

 at Marsden Library. 7.30-9.30pm and the 1st Wed of every month

Join us for STORY TAILORS,
Come tell a tale,
Sing a song,

Play a tune….

Or just come along and listen.

£2 including refreshments  For further information email


·      Wednesday 10th April meet author Judith Barrow at Slaithwaite library from 7.30-9.00pm.  Judith has written 2 books Pattern of Shadows and Changing Patterns. Two books set in Oldham during and after the 2nd World  War.  Pattern of Shadows: Mary is a nurse at a Lancashire prison camp for German POWs. Work is difficult but fulfilling, home just difficult. The only light on her horizon is a friendship with one of the German doctors  Changing Patterns: The war is over but Mary still has to keep her relationship with Peter, a German ex-POW, secret. Sister Ellen & best friend Jean expect Mary to fix their troubles too. A vivid story of austerity  Tickets £2, including refreshments, available soon from Slaithwaite library 01484 222500 or from Kirklees Booking Offices on 01484 223200 or on-line



·         Saturday Author Events 13th April  Alison Lock launches her new book of short stories Above the Parapet  11-12  Huddersfield Library.  Look beyond the every day and invoke the magic of the imagination with characters balanced at the edges of life. Enter the slipstream where ordinary events become unusual happenings. Tickets 50p include refreshments. From Huddersfield Visitor Centre in the library  and any box office. 01484 223200/222444 or on line at


·         Saturday Author Events  11th May at Huddersfield Library from 11-12  Gavin Extence author of The Universe versus Alex Woods which tracks wilful teenager Alex, who has a fascination with science and astronomy came about after he was put into a coma by a falling meteorite. When he breaks a window in next door's greenhouse, his mother insists that he offers to help out his elderly neighbour. A remarkable friendship develops the youngster and the reclusive Mr Peterson, Vietnam veteran, amputee, dope smoker and dedicated fan of Kurt Vonnegut.  Tickets 50p include refreshments. From Huddersfield Visitor Centre in the library  and any box office. 01484 223200/222444 or on line at


·         Tuesday 21st May watch out for Mandasue Heller  at a venue and time to be arranged.



Kirklees libraries are taking part in an exciting national initiative called ‘Reading Regional’ which promotes the work of northern writers.

Several local libraries are holding events where audiences will have the opportunity to listen to the author reading from and talking about their books, discuss the books with their authors, buy books and have them signed.


The project is in its third year and is organised by ‘New Writing North’ who are funded by the Arts Council.  Kirklees library service receives 100 books, reading guides and marketing material for taking part.


The first of many planned sessions took place at Marsden Library on Peel Street on Wednesday March 6, at 6.30pm with Cassandra Parkin, author of ‘New World Fairy Tales’ and Susanna Meese storyteller.


Further planned events include:


Mirfield Library, Easthorpe Lodge, Mirfield Wednesday April 24, 7.30pm

Featuring Annabel Pitcher a local author from Holmfirth and creator of ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece ’ which deals with the tragedy of a family torn apart by a terrorist attack.


Huddersfield Library, Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, Thursday May 2, 7.30pm to 9pm

Pauline Plummer published her first collection of poetry in 1992 and since then other collections, readings, broadcasts, residencies and publications have followed.


Shepley Library, Marsh Lane, Shepley, Huddersfield, Thursday May 9, 7.30pm to 9pm

Alison Gangel is guest author and will be talking about her memoir ‘The Sun hasn’t fallen from the Sky’ which depicts skilfully, and without being sentimental or bleak, the dysfunctional family life into which she was born.   Tickets £2 at the library, or from Kirklees booking office (Huddersfield Library foyer) or by contacting 01484 223200 or visiting the website at



And from Batley Writers; we have a Poetry in the Park at Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury on Saturday, April 13th at 1.30. The theme is Love, Life and Leisure.

This event will be followed up later when Batley Writers theme the seasons on Saturday, May 18th (1.30),  Saturday, July 13th (1.30), and Saturday, October 5th (1.30).

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