Sunday, 1 March 2015

Cleckheaton Literature Festival 7-10 May 2015

Plans for the first Cleckheaton Literature Festival are well underway and we are pleased to announce our headline act: Andy Kershaw, well-known writer and broadcaster, who will be presenting his one-man show at 6.30pm on Saturday 9 May in the Great Hall at Whitcliffe Mount. Tickets will be £8 which makes them a great gift, so if you’d like to pre-book your ticket contact:


For crime-writing fans, there is a fantastic Crime Panel taking place 6.30pm-8pm at Cleckheaton Library on Friday 8 May 2015.

York-based Helen Cadbury is is a British crime writer whose debut novel, To Catch a Rabbit, was joint winner of the Northern Crime Award 2012. It was first published by North-East based Moth Publishing in May 2013, now published by Allison and Busby, and her second novel Bones In the Nest is due to be published July 2015.

Leeds-based author Alison Taft has written several novels, Our Father Who Art Out There ... Somewhere, I Know Why Your Mother's Crazy, Shallow Be Thy Grave and newly published My Time Has Come.

Long-listed for the CWA 2014 Dagger in the Library, short-listed for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award 2010 and finalist for The People's Book Prize 2014, Leigh is the author of the Geraldine Steel - optioned for TV - and Ian Peterson novels.

Join us for an evening of crime writing, book tickets here:


  1. Hi Karen, Would the Festival or your subscribers be interested in my book 'Tell Tales' which came out on 27th February? It is quite an innovative new book on how to tell original stories to children. It is full of ideas and suggestions for parents, grandparents, teachers, play-workers and other storytellers to help them begin to make up their own stories, or to help them develop existing skills further. It includes, as examples, a range of stories and games for children up to nine years of age. I hope to help readers enjoy story-telling 'off the cuff' as much as I do. Here is the link
    or you can look inside on Kindle.
    I think the idea of the festival is great and hope to attend some of it. I'm in Bradford Writers Circle and the new Editor of Springboard Magazine, which has 4 competitions per quarter for subscribers as well as articles, word puzzles and information. I shall make sure the Festival is mentioned in the current edition (out early April). Please feel free to contact me about the book or the magazine (or both of course!) Thank you! Julie

  2. Hello Jules P, I am glad you found my blog.

    Thanks for sharing the link/information on your book 'Tell Tales' with my followers and I am pleased you like the idea of our festival. Do you have a link to the Springboard Magazine for the competition information for my followers too or is it just a print edition? Thanks in advance for mentioning our festival in your current (out April) edition.

    Hope you click to follow the blog, so you will get the latest information on the festival as it becomes released.

    Karen :)