Castleford Heritage Trust

Castleford Literature Festival

Castleford Born and Bread

Castleford Lit Fest in a Day is part of Wakefield Lit Fest's touring programme the co-curates a one day festival in different parts of Wakefield District with a local group.  Organised by Beam and funded by Arts Council England Strategic Touring, Castleford Lit Fest in a Day takes place on Saturday 20th May at Queen’s Mill in partnership with Castleford Heritage Trust.

It will be a celebration of Castleford – the people and the town, held in the historic Queen’s Mill – where flour has been milled on the site for hundreds of years - the theme of our festival is therefore ‘Castleford Born & Bread’.

Castleford Born and Bread Programme

Saturday 20th May, Queen's Mill, Castleford Castleford Born and Bread Family-friendly events 10-3.30pm
10-11am Christopher Nibbles - a musical play with puppets for 2-7yr olds and their families. FREE, no need to book.
11-11.30am Christopher Nibbles Workshop for 2-7yr olds. FREE, no need to book.
1.30pm Writing Competition winners announced with Castleford-born actor & Coronation Street star Colson Smith reading selected stories & poems. FREE, no need to book.
12.30pm Alien Workshop - Award-winning author Gareth P Jones talks about creating your own alien stories. FREE, no need to book.
2.30pm The Tiger Who Came to Tea - storytime with our special guest reader. FREE, no need to book.
4pm Kerry Ward - Local children's author talks about her new book Imaginality and how to approach self-publishing. FREE, no need to book.

Evening Programme

4.30pm Joyce Branagh - Lit Fest's lead artist discusses local workshops & the work of local authors. FREE, no need to book.
5.45pm Ian Clayton and Toria Garbutt - Local writer & broadcaster Ian Clayton is interviewed by poet Toria Garbutt and discusses writing & Castleford. FREE, no need to book.
7.30pm Mark Thomas in Conversation - Ian Clayton interviews writer and comedian Mark Thomas about his new book and play about Wakefield's 'Red Shed'. Tickets £5, booking essential.
Ian Clayton interviews writer and comedian Mark Thomas about his new book and his play about Wakefield’s ‘Red Shed’.

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Mark Thomas is one of the UK’s most effective and best-known political comedians.  He has won awards for his stage work including a Special Fringe Award for Outstanding Contribution to Edinburgh and for his human rights work.   He has written and presented six series of the Mark Thomas Comedy Product for Channel 4 and five series of The Manifesto for Radio 4.   He is the author of five books on subjects as diverse as the arms trade, Coca-Cola and the Israeli Wall in the West Bank.  His work has changed the law, kyboshed politicians’ careers and has been performed across the world.

As part of ‘Castleford Born & Bread’ Mark will be reading from and talking about his new book of plays The Liar’s Quartet.   Funny, provocative and moving, The Liar’s Quartet includes the scripts from Mark Thomas’ most acclaimed comic-political theatre, including The Red Shed about the Wakefield venue at the height of the miner’s strike.   He will then be interviewed by well-known local celebrity broadcaster and writer Ian Clayton.

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