Crowds will be flocking to Morley this week as the Literature Festival kicks off with an exclusive video on the town’s history.
The annual festival, now in its eighth year, offers a selection of talks, walks, workshops, music, art and activities for folk from across the Greater Morley area and beyond.
Highlights include a talk by war correspondent Kate Adie, free children’s workshops and a special continental market at the weekend.
And the festival is going from strength to strength said Mayoress and festival chair Coun Shirley Varley (pictured) who hopes to make every single event.
“Morley will be buzzing with interest. We’re hoping to offer something a little different this year.”
Coun Varley said that the committee try and make the festival “as topical as possible” which is why there is a Tour de France-themed event with Rod Ellingworth and Ned Boulting on The Rise of British Cycling.
She added that the 10-day-event will be nicely rounded off with Mayor Coun Tom Leadley’s Civic Ceremony on the evening of October 13 at Woodkirk Church, following the finale with Gervase Phinn.
Coun Varley herself first got involved with the festival in 2005 shortly after her husband passed away.
“It was the first time I had really got involved with the community. I joined the committee and have been involved ever since.”
She said that this year’s event promises to be a good one as they have taken into account what the people of Morley want and made improvements.
Have you got a story to share from Morley Literature Festival? Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet @MorleyOb #MLF13
For the full festival highlights, turn to pages 14-15.