Friday, 26 September 2014

Upcoming Library events - October & November

Thanks to @ReadKirklees, here is a list of upcoming library events:

Mondays 29th Sept and 6th October

Marsden Jazz Festival Poetry Jam workshops

Marsden Library, Peel St, Marsden 7.30-9.30pm £3.00 each workshop.

Julian Jordan will be running two linked workshops to help you choose, adapt or create a poem for the jam, with chance to practise performing at the mic. This year’s workshop features jazz music as inspiration for writing or adapting a poem for you to perform at the jazz festival poetry jam. To book, please call Marsden Library on 01484 222555.  See: Marsden Jazz Festival website/poetry    Poetry writing workshop details


Wednesday 1st October

Marsden Yarn Spinners: storytelling club, everyone welcome, the first Wednesday of every month. October sees a special event: A very special guest, Ursula Holden-Gill, presents The Bard’s Bridge at Marsden Yarn Spinners. Everyone welcome.

Storytelling for adults with something for everyone including a good measure of comedy, haunting, traditional song and some Westmorland clog dance. More information at: The Bard's Bridge from Ursula Holden Gill

Marsden library. 7.30 – 9.30 pm. Adults £3. Tickets will be available from Marsden library or online now through Kirklees Box Offices


Saturday 11th October

How To Get Published and How to Set Up Your Own Business

1.30-3.30pm at Huddersfield Library

Free event from publisher Martin Rothery, Fishcake Publications: how writers can get published and the ins and outs of starting a business. Come for all of just one section.

How to get published: 1.30-2.30pm

How to set up your own business: 2.30-3.30pm

Please register your free place on Eventbrite. Register for the fishcake event


Sunday 12th October2014

Poetry Jam at Marsden’s famous jazz festival

Railway Inn, Marsden 

Pub open from 10.30 when you can sign up for the open mic, which runs from 11.00-14.00 with a break

Free entry

Very popular, so please be early if you want to read.
Compère Julian Jordon. Sponsor Kirklees Libraries.

Our fifth year of running this fantastic event. See Poetry Jam Directors Cut video from last year.


Special Offer for Readers Group members: Ruby Wax   Sane New World

Tuesday 14 October, 7.30pm at the Lawrence Batley Theatre

This theatre show is based on her critically acclaimed book Sane New World which helps us understand why we sabotage our sanity with our own thinking. This performance shows us how to rewire our thinking to find calm in a frenetic world and how to become the master, not the slave, of our own minds. 

Members of Kirklees Reader’s Groups can purchase tickets for Ruby Wax for £15, saving you up to £3. To book call the box office on 01484 430528 and quote ‘Kirklees Book Club offer’.


Wednesday 15th October

Marsden Write out Loud: open floor poetry evening at Marsden Library, Peel St.  7.30-9.30pm.  Adults £2. Tea and biccies, then Riverhead pub afterwards.  Compere Julian Jordan


Tuesday 28th October

2-4pm  Poetry workshop for children aged 7-10yrs at Huddersfield Children’s Library  with poet Angela Topping.  Book your place at the Children’s Library tel 01484 221956 email


Monday 10th November

Tickets are now on sale for Jodi Picoult at Dewsbury Town Hall, 7.30-9.00pm. £3 (£2 concessions). She will be talking about her new book, ‘Leaving Time’ which will be published in the UK on 4th November. There will be an opportunity to buy copies of this book from Waterstones on the night and have copies signed by Jodi after the talk. There’s a lovely review of her previous event here which points out that ‘Jodi’s writing is not only emotional and relevant, but also moral and moving.’



If you fancy Saturday afternoon open-mic poetry sessions, check out David Lindsay’s Talking Zebras in Cleckheaton, first, third and fifth Saturdays monthly.


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