Guest Blog: Wakefield Lit Fest’s Children and Young People Weekend

Now in its fourth year, Wakefield Lit Fest is taking place across Wakefield and district from 18th – 27th September 2015. This festival of reading and writing, programmed by the arts charity Beam, is introducing its first Children and Young People Weekend (25-27 September) this year with a packed programme of events to encourage youngsters to get into reading and engage with literature in a more creative way through writing and illustration workshops.

For little ones, local libraries will be hosting the Big Read, which is an opportunity to hear storytellers tell the tale of ‘Dog Loves Drawing’ by Louise Yates and local shopping centre Trinity Walk is presenting its own superhero-themed weekend with the opportunity for youngsters to become superheroes for the day. Families can also enjoy Manasamitra’s ‘Singing Bowl’, a unique musical experience inspired by Indian lullabies, as well as many other events.

For older children and teenagers there are plenty of creative workshops for them to get involved in: with poet and comedian Kate Fox getting them fired up for a poetry slam; a songwriting workshop for those budding singer-songwriters; and a ‘Diary of a Wakey Kid’ that’ll inspire them to get scribbling. Then it’s time to join the antics of Robin Hood in the playground at The Hepworth Wakefield with local Yew Tree Youth Theatre. There will also be explosive goings-on at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, with a special appearance from Nick Arnold, best known for his ‘Horrible Science’ series of children’s books.

If you would like more information about the workshops, the Children and Young People Weekend, or to see the full Wakefield Lit Fest programme, please visit

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